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Why Plan Ahead

Why Plan Ahead

There’s a lot that 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 of the necessary details. Still feeling unsure? Here are some of the most important reasons why planning ahead may be the best option.

It's Easy

Fill out a preplan form or meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you always can make changes if you wish.



You Decide

Preplanning lets you create your own unique life celebration. Including your family in the planning process can help them feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect your desires.



More Time to Consider Your Options

You and your family will have time to research your options and make well-informed decisions, without feeling rushed.



A Sense of Accomplishment

You’ll feel good knowing that these arrangements have been taken care of in advance



Relieve Your Family’s Burden

Preplanning relieves your family of that burden and gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. When you plan in advance, your family is less likely to incur additional expenses at the time of the funeral.



You Can Prepay

When you prepay, you can lock in today’s prices. Our funeral directors will explain each payment method and investment option available, and will help you make a decision that best suits you and your family. Prepaying also provides peace of mind for your family, who won’t have to figure out your funeral expenses when the time comes. Once you gain an understanding of all the costs involved, you can earmark a portion of your savings to cover those costs.



What If I Move?

We keep a record of your preplanned arrangements and any prepayments, and they’re easily transferable or refundable, if needed.



Where Do I Start?

First, check out our preplanning checklist to help you consider all your possibilities. Then you can preplan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options.



Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 725-3111
Fax: (908) 725-9945


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