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The Benefits of Planning Ahead

No two families are alike and no two funeral plans are alike. That is why so many families today are choosing to plan their funerals in advance. Why? Because having the time to explore options, make personalized choices and choose funding plans makes good sense. Today, you have the opportunity to create a meaningful service that your loved ones will remember for a lifetime. And, you control the process and the timing.

We organize the benefits into two groups: emotional and financial.

Emotional BenefitsPlanning Ahead

  • More Time to Consider Your Options - You and your family will have time to research your options and make well-informed decisions when you are ready, without the stress of a pending funeral.
  • A Sense of Accomplishment - You'll feel good knowing that these arrangements have been taken care of the way you want and not left for loved ones to decide.
  • Fewer Family Concerns - Your surviving family members will have less to worry about in the event of your death. You will provide your family the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are honoring your final wishes.

Financial Benefits

  • The Pre-payment Option - When you pre-pay in advance, you have options. Our Pre-Planning Specialist or Funeral Director will explain all of your options, answer all of your questions and help you make an informed decision that best suits you and your family.
  • Your Family Keeps More - When you pre-pay, your assets and existing life insurance proceeds are not needed to pay for your funeral expenses. More of your assets and life insurance proceeds will go directly to your family.
  • Fewer Last-minute Expenses - When you plan in advance, you protect your family from "emotional over-spending". Your family is less likely to incur additional expenses at the time of the funeral because your planning has protected them from doing so.
  • Government Assistance - Should it ever become necessary for you to receive assistance, the total amount of your funded pre-arrangement is exempt. The money you set aside to pay for your funeral will not reduce your assistance benefit.

Losing a loved one is always difficult and emotional. At this stressful time, family members are suddenly forced to make many important decisions alone. Experiencing a death, along with the need and want to make good decisions within a short period of time, may leave families feeling overwhelmed. This is only one reason why it may be important for families to consider planning their funeral ahead of time. Pre-planning allows a family to confer with their loved ones and to make plans together. For many, planning ahead may assure that their wishes will be fulfilled and you, in turn, will help a loved one with unnecessary financial or emotional burden.

To request more information regarding pre-planning and pre-funding, or to begin the pre-planning process, please call us; or you can complete our easy On-line Pre-arrangement Form now.
 

Together, we can assist you with these important decisions that will ultimately affect those you love.

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Creps-Abels
Funeral Home

905 Edgington
Eldora, IA 50627
Phone: 641-858-2181
Fax: 641-858-3933
creps@abelsfuneralhomes.com
Doyen-Abels
Funeral Home

304 North Adams
Wellsburg, IA 50680
Phone: 641-869-3336
Fax: 641-869-5223
doyen@abelsfuneralhomes.com
Engelkes-Abels
Funeral Home

509 4th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
engelkes@abelsfuneralhomes.com
Dike
Funeral Chapel

680 Main Street
Dike, IA 50624
Phone: 319-824-3319
Fax: 319-824-5240
dike@abelsfuneralhomes.com
French-Hand
Funeral Home

409 Clark Street
Reinbeck, IA 50669
Phone: 319-345-2622
Fax: 319-345-2020
hand@abelsfuneralhomes.com

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