Hi! I am Tim Thelen, owner of Thelen Funeral Services. Today we are addressing a topic often brought up at pre-planning seminars. People often ask us how much they have to plan when they come in for a pre-planning arrangement. There is a misconception that individuals cannot come in to pre-plan until they know every single detail of their funeral. This is very much not the case. Even if all you come in to plan is that you don’t want a formal service, that is something. The purpose of pre-planning is to lay out your wishes so your loved ones know what you wanted at the time of your death. If you don’t have a preference for or against a specific outlet, that is still a plan that your loved ones can utilize. That still tells them that you were not specifically opposed to something.
Pre-plans can also always be modified. If you layed out a plan today and decided tomorrow that you don’t like what we discussed, you can always come back in and make those changes.
The first step to end of life planning is starting the conversation. Simply a first meeting is a huge step in the process. Whether you lay out your entire funeral at this time or simply gain information, coming in is step one.
So let’s set up that first meeting today and start this planning process.