Pre-arranging your funeral can be very informal, and as simple as writing down your preferences and sharing your wishes with a family member. More formal arrangements in the form of a pre-need contract can be set up with a funeral home and can be pre-funded through life insurance, bank trust, or other methods such as revocable and irrevocable pre-need contracts.
If you elect to pay for a funeral service in advance, the price of the services and merchandise are guaranteed. You are essentially paying for a funeral service at today's price, even though the need may not occur for many years. Through funeral home pre-planning programs you can be assured that your money is safely in trust and will be available at the time of need.
If you need nursing home care or other monetary assistance in the future, your pre-funded service cannot be taken away from you. Yet if you move, your arrangements can move with you to the funeral home of your choice.