Funeral planning isn’t a topic that most families are keen on thinking about. Being forced to confront our own mortality is never a pleasant thing. However, this reluctance can have devastating consequences. With an average cost of about $7,000, and often higher, most people can ill-afford missteps when it comes to planning for a funeral. To ensure the financial well-being of your family, it’s crucial that you reach out to Surprise, AZ funeral homes and begin the preplanning process long before a potential funeral service is on the horizon. 

The preplanning process is important because it will give you time to speak with an experienced funeral director on the goods and services that go into a particular funeral arrangement. It will allow you and your family to recognize the things which matter to you and what you’re willing to pay for. During the preplanning process, you’ll be able to see exactly what the cost of each funerary good or service will be, and compare between funeral homes. 

A funeral is essentially a budget. There are various goods and services that will be necessary depending on the kind of funeral you wish to have. For example, if you’ve decided that saving money is your highest priority, a direct cremation would likely be the ideal for you, as the only price you would need to pay, aside from a few administrative costs, is for the service to cremate the body. 

However, if you and your family decide that the emotional comforts of a traditional funeral are more important than just the price, preplanning will help you to pick and choose the services that you want. For example, you can still have a traditional funeral, with a wake and a eulogy, and then a cremation afterward. This would allow you to save on various expenses such as a casket, grave liner, and gravestone, while still keeping certain comforts of the funerals that you’re more familiar with. 

At the end of the preplanning process, you’ll draw up a contract with your chosen funeral home. This is sometimes referred to as a preneed contract and will outline the details of an upcoming funeral between you and your chosen funeral home. Money may or may not be exchanged at this time. If money is exchanged, be certain about what purpose it will be used for and where it will be held. This contract will be executed in the aftermath of a death, making it easier for families to grieve, as they’ll know that funeral arrangements will be taken care of. 

If you have any questions about funeral preplanning with Surprise, AZ funeral homes, please contact Sean and Cynthia Thompson at the Thompson Funeral Chapel. With decades of experience as funeral directors, they’ll answer your inquiries with empathy and professionalism. Contact them by calling (623) 932-1780. The Thompson Funeral Chapel is located at 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Its associated crematory, Simply Cremation, can be found at 16952 W Bell Rd #303, Surprise, AZ 85374. 

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