Pre-Planning a Funeral in Ossining, NY

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.

Importance of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

We understand that funeral planning can be a difficult subject to talk about with your family. However, that doesn’t mean that it should be avoided altogether. In order to properly honor your life, they need to know your funeral preferences. 

With pre-planning, you can organize your funeral wishes and get to know your loved ones a little better in the process. For example, you decide whether you want to be buried or cremated. And for funeral personalization, you and loved ones can ask each other questions about your passions and maybe learn something new about one another.  

You also can pre-pay for your funeral when pre-planning your funeral preferences. This way, it’s one more thing that’s taken care of, and your loved ones don’t have to worry about it when the time comes.

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 you or for a family member, and make sure the person will be remembered in the way they desire to. The arrangements can be personalized to reflect personal interests and wishes. You can decide if you’d like a more traditional funeral(link), or a life celebration ceremony (link), it is also possible to choose the special place you want your ashes to be scattered (link) 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/stress
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 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.


Pre-Paying Options

By pre-paying for your funeral, you relieve your loved ones of that financial burden. If you're unable to make a single payment, there are several alternative funeral payment options to choose from. Our staff is here to help you find the right payment option for your financial situation. 

Pre-paying also protects your family from any future inflationary trends. You can rest assured that your funeral cost will stay the same, no matter the rising costs of inflation. This also saves you and your family money in the long run. Instead, those saved funds could be put toward a memorial or donation to a charity that you’re passionate about.  

No matter your financial situation, our staff has the knowledge and experience to plan a funeral for all budgets. Whether it’s an elaborate celebration of life or a more intimate, simple service, we’re here to help. Please contact us to discuss your funeral pre-payment options.

Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist

If you're interested in end-of-life planning, we suggest you begin the process by reading our funeral pre-planning checklist.

Read Our Funeral Pre-Planning Checklist


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 about the details, such as what kind of ceremony would you like, the decoration, and the 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 Dorsey Funeral Home, our experienced staff will be pleased to help you plan everything according to your wishes. Contact us for more information.


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Working with Dorsey Funeral Home

Our staff at Dorsey Funeral Home is happy to help you pre-plan a funeral service that honors your life and will help your loved ones on their grief journeys. We’re proud to serve Ossining and surrounding areas, and look forward to many more years of honoring lives and supporting those who are grieving. 

When working with our caring and knowledgeable staff, they will help you craft a funeral service that truly reflects who you are. By learning your interests and the little details about you, they can assist you in pre-planning a personalized funeral that fits your wants and needs.  

If you have any questions or are ready to start pre-planning your funeral, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. One of our staff members will be happy to help you start this process and discuss your funeral pre-planning and pre-paying options.

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Phone: (914) 941-0167
14 Emwilton Pl., Ossining, NY 10562

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