Pre-Arrangements

Why Funeral Pre-Planning is important to you…..and your family

By Rayna Brophy, Funeral Director and Certified Pre-Planning Consultant


Every day in this country an estimated seven thousand (7,000) families get the call no family ever wants to get. The call that a loved one has passed away. How those families handle the days and weeks that follow will depend on how their loved-one planned for that day.

When you establish a funeral pre-arrangement plan at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag you answer the dozens of questions associated with planning a funeral so your family doesn’t have to make those difficult decisions during their time of grief.  You get the funeral you want.  You can fund your funeral, locking in many of today’s prices and saving your family the financial worries of how to pay for your funeral.  Pre-arranging and funding your funeral give you and your family Peace of Mind.

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag places all advanced funeral planning payments from your pre-arrangement in the Pekin Life Insurance Trust dedicated for your future costs.  Your funds are deposited in the Pekin Life Insurance Trust with an irrevocable assignment and can only be used to pay for your funeral.  Best of all they are protected from Medicaid capture in the event you must turn to Medicaid for future medical or long-term-care expenses.

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Rayna Brophy is a licensed Funeral Director at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag.  Each week she works with families wishing to develop a funded, funeral prearrangement.  She has received her Certified Pre-Planning Consultant certificate from the National Funeral Directors Association recognizing her professional training in Pre-Need planning.  Rayna also holds her producer’s licensing from the Illinois Department of Insurance and has been appointed as an agent for Pekin Life Insurance.

We understand that planning funerals is not something you want to think about. We also know that planning a funeral right after the loss of a loved one is one of the hardest things anyone has to face. Having this tough conversation before the time of need, although difficult for some, is a blessing to the loved ones that are surviving. Call Rayna to discuss your prearrangement plan today. 

What can you plan?

  • Flowers
  • Casket
  • Music
  • Clothing
  • Funeral Costs
  • Pallbearers

The Benefits of Prearranging

  • It takes the burden off your loved ones.
  • It allows you to put your house in order.
  • You can select every aspect of your funeral now, stop inflation, and ensure that it will be the funeral you want.
  • It provides peace of mind, knowing you are not making anyone responsible for your last wishes.
  • You customize your plan and take advantage of the benefits of insurance.
  • You plant together, no alone.
  • No emotional overspending.  Your wishes will be adhered to.

How can you plan?

  • Talk with your family about your wishes.
  • Choose your funeral home/church.
  • Make an appointment to talk with a prearrangement specialist.
  • Plan and pay for your funeral and have peace of mind about your final arrangements.

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