Eight Reasons to Preplan Your Funeral

August 10, 2022

“Tell me, what is your plan?”


You might be surprised how many strong opinions you have about your funeral, memorial service, and final resting place. Our Greenlawn Funeral Home care team has found this true for most Missourians we’ve talked to over the years. While many people haven’t spent much time thinking through their end-of-life details, they have preferences when asked – and that’s what our team is here to help with.

Do you have an opinion about cremation or traditional burial?  Would you rather have a quiet, intimate gathering of family and friends or a more lavish celebration of life with a reception that feels like a big party in your honor? What about any ideas of a final resting place you would like future generations of your family to visit?

Whatever your preferences, it’s important to get them in writing.


eight reasons to consider pre-planning


1) More Time to Consider Your Wishes

You can take your time thinking through your options. Most funerals are put together in about a week, but when you preplan, you have the luxury of considering each element. This includes the details that might get overlooked if someone else plans your funeral.

2) Personalize Details of Your Arrangements

You can add personal details, such as music, scripture or poetry readings, and favorite foods to include at a reception. You can ask questions when talking with a funeral director, so you know your tribute will be carried out the way you want.

3) Planning Decreases Future Stress

You can ease your family’s stress. Many families are caught off guard by the emotions they experience after a loved one’s death. Think of how much easier it will be on your family if the funeral plans are already in place.

4) Preplanning Removes Unnecessary Conflict

Preplanning decreases family conflict. Imagine your family trying to figure out what you would have wanted at your funeral. They probably would not agree on every detail, leading to conflict as each person thinks they know best. When these decisions are already made, you can eliminate the need for your family to debate, discuss, and guess what you would have wanted.

5) Everyone will Feel More Confident

Your family won’t overspend. It’s common knowledge that it’s easy to throw caution to the wind and spend more during times of distress. This won’t be an issue if your decisions are already set in motion.

6) You’ll Have a Greater Sense of Peace

You can rest easy knowing your family will be in good hands. The dynamic between a family and a funeral director is an important one. When you meet with us, you’ll have added confidence knowing we will take care of your family when the time comes.

7) Everything Is Recorded & Safely Stored

Your information will be easily accessible. Some people leave end-of-life directions in their will or a safe deposit box, but often these are not opened or read until after a funeral. Preplanning ensures your wishes are known at the time when they are most needed.

8) Lock-In Cheaper Rates

You’ll save money. Have your funeral home services and merchandise guaranteed with a prefunded funeral contract. This written contract guarantees no hidden or additional costs for your funeral arrangements.


Preplanning is also free, and we will keep a detailed list of all your wishes on file at no cost.

In all our years helping SpringfieldBranson, and Bolivar families preplan, one thing has remained the same:  No one regrets putting their arrangements in place. Whether you preplan using our online form, over the phone, through video conference, or in person, we encourage you to reach out today to get started.

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