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Seven Benefits of Preplanning Services

A lot goes into planning a funeral, from selecting a florist to finding the right final resting place. Making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and ensure you’re covering all the necessary details. 

While facing the unknown can be scary, there is comfort in knowing your family will be taken care of by preplanning services. There are also many advantages to preplanning your final arrangements! 

Seven Benefits of Preplanning Services

  1. Preplanning is free. We help you to develop preplanned arrangements free of charge. 
  2. Planning can take place at any time. You don’t need to be a certain age! Anyone can create a plan at any stage in life, and you can always make changes later.  
  3. You have the opportunity to make decisions. Preplanning allows you to set funeral preferences and design all aspects of your arrangement to create a unique celebration of life. During your planning session, you will be able to go over: place of service, religious preference, any special instructions, flowers and florist, obituary, music preferences, clothing, jewelry, and more.  
  4. Challenging decisions are discussed in a grief and trauma-free environment. Preplanning allows you to go over options before a loss has occurred. This helps to remove some of the emotional burden of making decisions with clarity. 
  5. Preplanned arrangements are transferable. At Gerst, we keep a record of your preferences, arrangements, and any prepayments. Our team can easily transfer these documents to any funeral home throughout the United States. 
  6. You can prepay. Preplanning a funeral offers you the advantage of paying for it when you can afford it. It gives your family peace of mind by relieving them of any possible financial responsibility. It also offers protection against inflation. Learn more about prepaying
  7. Provides your family with peace of mind. Preplanning alleviates your family from the burden of planning as they are experiencing grief. This gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance.


Interested in learning more about our preplanning services? Connect with our team! Preplanning is free, and you can always make changes later on if you wish. We also offer webinars, in-person seminars, and community outreach presentations at churches, assisted living facilities, or clubs to go over arrangement options. Call or contact us to meet with our specialists or set up a group presentation today!