Everything you need to know and want to ask about pre-planning.
You’ve taken an important step by choosing to pre-plan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the cost that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And finally, you’re ensuring that every last detail is planned according to your own wishes and needs.
You might have some questions as you begin the path towards pre-planning. We’re here to help answer them.
Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:
Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?
We are happy to get your wishes and information down on paper so that your family knows what you want. You never want to put your funeral arrangements in a will because that will not be read until after the funeral. Writing down your wishes is an example of pre-planning. You can also pre-fund your funeral by paying for it today. At Schoedinger, we guarantee that if you pay for your funeral at today's prices, no matter how much our funeral cost go up in the future, you will not have to pay anything additional for our funeral home costs.
What happens to my money if something happens to the funeral home or insurance company? What happens if I move?
At Schoedinger, when you use our guaranteed funeral pre-arrangement, you get double protection. Not only do you have the assurance from central Ohio's oldest family business that our funeral home costs will never increase, but also that you money is placed in a state approved account that is safe, separate and secure. The money will still be available to your family even if something were to happen to the funeral home or if you moved away and want to transfer the money to another funeral home.
Do I need to purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. Most cemeteries do require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink and the safety of our visitors and staff is protected.
I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?
People choose mausoleum crypts because they are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who prefer to not be interred in the ground.
Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.
We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us at anytime so that we can walk you your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.
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Forms and Documents
Here you'll find several great resources that provide information about our services as well as forms that will help make the planning process easier for you.