Why Plan Ahead

Why Plan Ahead

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, whether it was expected or not. 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. You can carefully consider the financial costs, the type of ceremony, and other personal preferences that will make a difference when honoring the deceased. Still feeling unsure? Here are some of the most important reasons why planning ahead may be the best option.

4 Benefits of Funeral Pre-Planning

The funeral is a time to honor the life of your loved ones and begin the grief journey. We listed four benefits to explain why pre-planning a funeral is not only a good idea, but an important decision that will assure your family will have all the assistance they need when the time comes.


  1. It's Simple: Although it might seem like a lot of work, starting the process of pre-planning a funeral is quite simple. Creating a funeral plan is something anyone can do at any stage in their life, and you can always make changes if you wish.
    You can choose between filling out a form or meeting with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Either way, our team will be pleased to assist you and facilitate this process as much as possible.
  2. Create a unique and personal ceremony: Pre-arranging a funeral allows you to create a unique ceremony for yourself or for a family member, and make sure the person will be remembered in the way they desire. The arrangements can be personalized to reflect personal interests and wishes. You can decide if you’d like a more traditional funeral, or a life celebration ceremony, it is also possible to choose the special place you want your ashes to be scattered or if you’d like a memorial of some sort. More particular features can also be included, such as choosing the catering service, or deciding which songs will play.
  3. Relieve Your Family’s Burden: Pre-planning relieves your family of the burden of planning everything, and it gives them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. Organizing a funeral while grieving is a challenging and emotionally charged task. It involves not only the main practical decisions but also the personal choices of what’s the best way to honor their loved one. The situation can be stressful, and it can also lead to conflicts in the family if the members don’t agree on the funeral planning process. By pre-arranging the funeral, your family will feel at peace because they will be prepared to attend to their loved one's last wishes.
  4. You can prepay and prepare yourself financially: Because all the decisions for a funeral need to be made at the moment, it can lead to several unnecessary costs. Prepayment generally means that you save money by being protected from inflation and price changes. By preparing yourself in advance, you will also provide peace of mind for your family, who will not have to figure out your funeral expenses at the last minute. Paying in advance allows you to have more time to choose the funeral details and the payment option that is right for you. And, if you change your mind, you can adjust your funeral plans at any time.

When to Pre-Plan a Funeral?

Planning a funeral involves several delicate and personal decisions, and it can be a sensitive topic for many people. There is no right time for when to do so, and we encourage you to do it when you feel emotionally prepared to think about it. 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 pre-plan 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. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding funeral planning. Our staff is here to help you find the right options and the best payment option for your financial situation. 


What If I Move?

When you create your plan with us, we keep a record of your pre-planned arrangements. If your arrangements were made through insurance, then they can be easily transferred to another funeral home in the United States.

Where Do I Start?

First, check out our preplanning checklist to help you consider all your possibilities. This part of the process is important for you to think the details, such as what kind of ceremony would you like, the decoration and participants. 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 and make a plan.


At Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, our experienced staff will be pleased to help you plan everything according to your wishes. Contact us for more information.

Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Phone: (630) 968-1000
4343 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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