Talking about death is often difficult. Yet discussion and pre-planning can alleviate many of the problems that may occur with a death in the family. Funeral and burial arrangements are important considerations and should be discussed openly and frankly. Pre-arranging and sometimes pre-financing a funeral are methods some people choose to assist their survivors after death occurs.

As with many things in life that are pre-planned, unforseen developments can occur between the time of planning and putting the plans into effect. This is especially true when pre-arranging funerals, since there is no way of knowing beforehand exactly when, where, how, and under what circumstances death will come. And these unknown factors could substantially alter original plans.

Careful counceling with an experienced funeral director prior to death can prevent unwise planning of funerals or involvement in fraudulent financial schemes.