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Plan to help your loved ones focus on healing instead of planning.
There are several advantages to preplanning a funeral – a practice that’s becoming more familiar. Pre-arranging is free to do and offers the advantage of making challenging decisions in an atmosphere without grief and trauma. It ensures that the funeral will be exactly as planned and removes some emotional burdens.

Plan Ahead

A lot goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all the necessary details. This page explores why planning ahead may be the best option.

You Decide

Preplanning lets you create your unique life celebration. Including your family in the planning process can help them feel connected to you both in life and death, knowing that your arrangements reflect your desires. Preplanning alleviates your family of that burden and gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance.

It’s Easy

Preplanning is free! Call or contact us to meet with our staff and put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan at any stage in their life, and you can always make changes if you wish.

What if I Move?

We keep a record of your preplanned arrangements and any prepayments, and they’re easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States.

You Can Prepay

Preplanning a funeral offers you the advantage of paying for a funeral when you can afford it and gives your family peace of mind by relieving them of any possible financial responsibility. It also offers protection against inflation. We deposit all prepayments into a funeral policy/trust fund, where it remains until needed. Gerst Funeral Home offers two ways to prepay for a funeral. You can enter into a trust-fund agreement, meaning you can deposit a specified amount of money in either one lump sum or installments. This fund, which a trustee manages, is generally used to pay for the funeral services and merchandise. Or you can purchase a specially designed insurance policy that provides benefits for funeral expenses.

Where Do I Start?

Fill out the form below or call to schedule a time to meet with our Pre-Arrangement Specialist. Choose to meet at the funeral home or in the comfort of your own home to discuss your options and make a plan. At Gerst Funeral Home, our commitment is to offer you the comfort that you deserve. Please contact us for more information.




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