A Guide to Funeral Planning - Fillable PDF

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Pre-arranging a Funeral, Burial, or Cremation Service

Our first encounter with the death of a loved one leaves an impression forever. It is seldom convenient, never pleasant and usually traumatic even when expected. We may experience the entire gamut of emotions: love, anger, grief, regret, guilt, resentment, hate, even envy. It is not a good time to make decisions but sometimes they must be made, and made quickly. We are faced with many options, some of which can be costly. You can receive information on all the options and the costs from the funeral home before you make funeral arrangements. However, during time of grief, you may not be able to absorb the information you receive and may be confused over what is “the right thing to do.”

Understanding the benefits of pre-planing has prompted many to take the step to plan their own arrangements.

Peace of Mind

Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.

Personal Choice

Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.

Lower Costs

When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.

Please contact us to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a professional from our staff.

Howard City Funeral & Cremation Services
Howard City
(Formerly Heckman Funeral Home)

Phone: (231) 937-4315
225 E Edgerton St., Howard City, MI 49329

North Ridge Funeral Home
(Formerly Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home)

Phone: (616) 887-1761
88 E Division Street, PO Box 427, Sparta, MI 49345


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