Advance Planning is the process of planning every aspect of one's funeral before the need arises. By meeting with one of our Advance Planning professionals you can decide on every aspect of the service you desire. Do you want a church service, graveside service or no service? Do you want a moderately priced casket, a casket made of solid bronze or no casket at all? Flowers? No Flowers? Viewing? No Viewing? And there are many more decisions that can be made by you in advance. In making these decisions in advance you can have the peace-of-mind that you have relieved your loved ones from knowing how much or how little you wanted the funeral to cost. You will have given them a most caring and thoughtful gift. You Pre-Arranged your funeral.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to pay for my funeral
in advance in order to pre-arrange?
Although funding your funeral in advance is a wise consideration you do not have to fund your pre-arrangement in order to have your wishes in our advance planning files.
Why should I consider paying for my funeral in advance?
If you choose to fund your funeral in advance, we have plans that will assure your family that they will not pay one cent more for the service and merchandise you select. The service and merchandise you select will be "locked-in" at today's cost.
Do I have to pay for my funeral in full
in order to "lock-in" today's prices?
Although funding your service with one advance payment would be the most convenient, we do offer many payment plans to choose from. Even with our economical payment plans your original cost is "locked-in". If there were a balance on the account at the time of need your family would simply be responsible for that amount.
Where does my money go when I make an advance payment?
Depending on the type of payment plan you choose your pre-paid monies will be placed in a special Funeral Trust or placed with an Insurance Provider who only provides policies written through funeral homes for the purpose of Advance Planning.
Is my money safe? Will it be there when my family needs it?
Regardless of which payment plan fits your needs your Advance Planning contract is regulated by the Florida Department of Banking and Finance at 1-800-323-2627.
Can any funeral home accept money for Advance Planning?
A funeral home must obtain a Certificate of Authority from the Department of Banking and Finance in order to accept funds for pre-arranged funerals. Only after observing strict guidelines and successfully completing a thorough financial investigation will a funeral home receive the authorization from the State of Florida to accept monies for Advance Planning.
Do I have to come to the funeral home to make Advance Plans?
Although most people who make advance plans prefer to come to the funeral home, an Advance Planning Professional will be glad to visit you at your home when possible. We are very proud of our establishment and welcome visitors. At the funeral home you can make your selections by actually seeing the merchandise you select and not from a book or catalog as with a home visit. Our prices are also available by phone.
I only want cremation. Can I still pre-plan and pre-pay?
Absolutely. Although most creamations are preceded by a visitation and funeral service or a service of rememberance (memorial service) if you choose to have a direct cremation without services you can still pre-arrange and pre-fund your wishes.
If I have paid Becker Family Funeral Home
for cremation and I die out of State, what happens?
We offer a world-wide protection plan that assures your family that cremation will take place at no additional cost to them... no matter where you are. Your Advance Planning Professional will explain the details in full.
Is the travel protection plan just for cremation?
The travel protection plan is not only intended to protect those who select cremation but it is a great comfort to those who select a more traditional type of service. The plan provides complete care of the mortal remains and its return to the place of services at no additional cost. This alone may save hundreds of dollars.
What if after our visit I choose not to pre-arrange or pre-pay?
Perhaps I just want to gather information and prices
before deciding. You know, shop around.
We welcome the opportunity to share our advance planning programs with you. The information is free and you are under no obligation.
It all sounds good, what do I do next?
Now that you have made the decision to learn more about Advance Planning the next step is simple. Simply call us at (352) 394-7121 and ask to speak with an Advance Planning Professional. We'll take it from there.
If you prefer you may E-mail us by Clicking Here and we'll rush the information right out to you. Either way you decide, it will be one of the most caring things you can do for your family.