REASONS TO PLAN YOUR FAMILY MEMORIAL IN ADVANCE
Reason One: No one likes to think about his own death,
but failure to do so makes it more difficult on the bereaved family.
Let's start by examining what happens when people don't do any
planning for their own deaths. Your close family members are forced
to handle countless details. They must notify people, choose a
funeral home and make arrangements with a cemetery, to name just
a few of the things they must think about. All this at a time
when they are emotionally upset. That's why responsible, caring
people plan every detail - including choice of the family memorial
- well in advance.
Doing so is perfectly logical and sensible. It is part or an effort
that many Americans are making to get control of their own lives.
There is nothing morbid or even sad about it. After all, why plan
so carefully for when you are alive and then leave everything
to chance the moment you die?
Two: Choosing a family memorial is a joint decision. Why should
someone be forced to make it alone?
Many people find it difficult to buy even the simplest gifts for
their spouses. "Would she really like this ring or prefer
another?" "Would he rather have striped or solid tie?"
In life you can always ask -- and you can exchange a bad selection.
However, choosing a memorial after a family member has died is
another matter. Would he or she like it? You can only guess. it's
a bad way to go about it.
Choosing a memorial should reflect mutual tastes and wishes. It
is, after all, the most permanent purchase you will ever make.
Some people include the whole family in selecting a memorial.
it's a good idea. You'd be surprised at how much better everyone
feels at a sad time when these decisions have been made together.
Three: The worst time to make a financial commitment is when
there has been a death in the family.
One of the normal feelings associated with death is guilt. Bereaved
persons commonly feel that they should have been nicer to the
deceased. Perhaps they regret something that was said in the distant
--or not to distant--past.
Because of a tendency to overspend in order to wash away some
of the guilt, no major financial commitment should ever be made
at such a time. A cemetery lot and memorial should be chosen in
advance by mutual agreement.
Four: By planning in advance, you protect your family from
high pressure sales tactics that can occur at a time when they
are under emotional stress.
Advance planning allows the family to choose a memorial of high
quality and lasting value at a reasonable price. This way you
can take your time evaluating each possible choice, without being
susceptible to high pressure from eager sales people.
Five: Advance planning assures that your insurance will be
used for the needs of your loved ones.
Most people don't buy insurance to cover funeral expenses. The
money is intended to provide for their family's future. By planning
and purchasing your memorial in advance, you can be certain that
savings and insurance funds will be used as intended. Buying at
today's prices will also protect against rising costs.
Six: Advance planning assures a memorial of the quality you
It's hard to believe there is such a thing as inferior stone.
But many memorial stones have a tendency to discolor over the
years. How do you guard against this?
All you need to do is select a granite memorial offered by a reputable
monument dealer such as Granite Products Companies or Twin City
Monuments with over 85 years of experience. Monument dealers are
knowledgeable about stone and will speak candidly with you about
choosing your memorial in advance. In the extremely unlikely event
that discoloration occurs,Granite Products Companies and Twin
City Monuments has a life time guarantee from the granite quarries
for the life of the monument at no cost to your family.
This guarantee extends from the granite quarry, to Granite Products
and Twin City Monuments , to the cemetery. If anything at all
happens anytime in the future, the cemetery simply notifies our
company. Granite Products and Twin City Monuments and the granite
quarry then will see to it that the memorial is repaired or even
replaced, if necessary. So even if family members move away, they
will have peace of mind in knowing that your memorial will remain
forever beautiful and unflawed.
Seven: There is no such thing as an "expected death."
The time to act is now.
All of us die "unexpectedly." Even those who have cared
for the terminally ill will tell you that every death comes as
something of a shock. Immediately, there are countless things
to do and not enough time in which to do them all.
This is why you should not delay planning for the events and necessities
associated with death. If you have ever been faced with the task
of making arrangements for someone who did not do so, you will
know how important this planning is. The plans made can always
be changed as life progresses. Do not, however, chance the unexpected