Our Pre-Planning Options

Why People Pre-Plan Their Funeral 

"It's easier to do now than in the middle of a crisis."

"I don't want my family to have to pay for it."

"I don't want my family to have to scramble for information or make tough choices."

"I'm going on Public Aid and need to prefund my funeral now."


These are just some of the reasons we hear about why our preplanning program makes sense for our families. Prearranging your funeral allows you to think clearly about funeral decisions. It can be done at your convenience and often WITH a partner rather than alone. Not only can prearranging save your family from an unexpected financial burden, but it can provide tomorrow's funeral cost at today's prices.

Planning ahead makes good sense. It's the same type of preplanning we've been doing all of our lives. We preplan our education, our health insurance, savings, auto purchases, vacations, and retirement. Many people today are now also preplanning their funerals.

The prearrangement process can be very brief and simple, or it can be quite thorough. The choice is YOURS.

The Importance of Pre-Planning Your Funeral 

We understand that funeral planning can be a difficult subject to talk about with your family. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be avoided altogether. In order to properly honor your life, they need to know your funeral preferences.

With preplanning, you can organize your funeral wishes and get to know your loved ones a little better in the process. For example, you decide whether you want to be buried or cremated. And for funeral personalization, you and loved ones can ask each other questions about your passions and maybe learn something new about one another.

You also can prepay for your funeral when preplanning your funeral preferences. This way, it’s one more thing that’s taken care of, and your loved ones don’t have to worry about it when the time comes.

Benefits of Pre-Planning 

The funeral should be a time for your loved ones to honor your life and begin their grief journeys together, not for feeling overwhelmed by funeral planning or worrying about how they’re going to pay for the funeral expenses. 

By preplanning your funeral wishes, you give you and your loved ones a peace of mind knowing that it’s taken care of. Then, when the time comes, they can focus on grieving rather than stressing over the funeral plans. 

Preplanning also lets you have a say in how you want to be remembered. You can decide your funeral service type like whether you want something more traditional or a more personalized celebration of life ceremony. For example, if you’re an avid cook, see if your favorite restaurant can cater the service. Or, if you want something more unique, see if the restaurant will host the funeral reception. With preplanning, you remain in control of your funeral service and how you want to be remembered.

When to Pre-Plan

Although we want to say that you should preplan your funeral now, you should do it at a time you’re mentally and emotionally prepared to funeral plan. However, since death can be an uncomfortable topic, you may never feel completely ready to take on this task, but it still needs to be done.

Another factor that plays a role when your funeral planning is your loved ones. To prevent your spouse, children, or other loved ones from taking on the financial and emotional burdens of funeral planning, you can preplan your funeral and express these wishes to them. When the time comes, they'll be grateful that everything is already planned out and can focus on coping with their grief and honoring your life.

By prepaying and preplanning your funeral, you can make all your funeral decisions at once. This way, you have more time to choose the funeral details and payment option that is right for you. And, if you change your mind, you can adjust your funeral plans at any time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding funeral planning or adjusting your current plans.

Prepaying Options

By prepaying for your funeral, you relieve your loved ones of that financial burden. If you're unable to make a single payment, there are several alternative funeral payment options to choose from. Our staff is here to help you find the right payment option for your financial situation.

Prepaying also protects your family from any future inflationary trends. You can rest assured that your funeral cost will stay the same, no matter the rising costs or inflation. This also saves you and your family money in the long run. Instead, those saved funds could be put toward a memorial or donation to a charity that you’re passionate about.

No matter your financial situation, our staff has the knowledge and experience to plan a funeral for all budgets. Whether it’s an elaborate celebration of life or a more intimate, simple service, we’re here to help. Please contact us to discuss your funeral prepayment options.

Where Do I Start?

Our staff at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home is happy to help you preplan a funeral service that honors your life and will help your loved ones on their grief journeys. We’re proud to serve the Joliet area and look forward to many more years of honoring lives and supporting those who are grieving.

When working with our caring and knowledgeable staff, they will help you craft a funeral service that truly reflects who you are. By learning your interests and the little details about you, they can assist you in preplanning a personalized funeral that fits your wants and needs.
If you have any questions or are ready to start preplanning your funeral, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. One of our staff members will be happy to help you start this process and discuss your funeral preplanning and prepaying options.

First, check out our pre-planning checklist to help you consider all your possibilities. Then you can pre-plan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options and make a plan.

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Phone: (815) 744-4444
Fax: (815) 744-4446
1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435

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