1. Meet with Monica in person to discuss your wishes and budget. Discussing your wishes and questions with your friends and family is important too! And don't forget to shop around to compare Marshall Funeral's services with other funeral homes.
2. Put your wishes in writing- the more detailed the better. Add your written wishes to your will or trust and/or give copies to the person(s) handling your arrangements. Consider filling out an Advance Health Care Directive form to legally designate a specific person to make your medical decisions if you are incapacitated and to handle your funeral arrangements upon your death.
3. Open a savings or CD account for the approximate cost of your funeral needs, plus a little extra, and name the person handling your funeral arrangements as the beneficiary, also known as a Pay on Death or POD account.
We can make a plan with you in advance and take payment at the moment of need. We do not offer preneed arrangements, that is, we do not take advance payment for arrangements.
Why? Our services are simple and affordable and there is no need to "lock-in" a price.
Simply opening an account for funeral expenses at your bank will give you and your family more freedom and flexibility. What if you decide to use another funeral home or die out of state? What if you need the money for an emergency or other unexpected expenses?
If you are planning a green burial, you can purchase your burial plot in advance directly from the cemetery- we're happy to help.
An end of life plan is created for you with easy question prompts on everything from obituary to final disposition. The hitch is you have to signup for a free week subscription with a credit card, but you can cancel the subscription right after you download your completed plan.
You can print and fill out this simple document created by Dying Matters to communicate your funeral wishes.
Cheserae can assist in planning and support through the dying process. She offers Death Guide training and mentoring and owns Alquimia in Meiners Oaks.
There are many detailed end of life planner notebooks available on Amazon or by special order at Bart's Books if you have a title picked out.