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Benefits of Pre-planning













 Enjoy Peace of Mind

  • Your service will reflect your wishes, because you took the time to preplan and personalize your funeral
  • You will be satisfied knowing you have relieved your family and friends of future financial and emotional burdens
  • You have made a wise financial decision by prefunding your funeral expenses
  • Now is the time to plan when you can think clearly while making these important decisions.

 What is Pre-planning?

Today, more and more people are planning their funerals in advance. Preplanning, or prearranging, as this is commonly known, is simply taking care of your service details before the need arises. Working together with a Licensed Funeral Director, who has special training and experience will assure these details will be taken care of.

Do you want a traditional funeral or simple memorial service? Burial or cremation? In addition, you can choose to personalize specific items such as people to notify, location, readings or favorite songs, flowers, clothing, and anything else that is important to you.

 Why Pre-plan?

  • Make your wishes known
    Your family and friends don’t have to guess what you want when you share your thoughts with them. And, by putting it in writing, you can be sure you’ll get the service you have planned for.
  • Personalize Your Service
    Create a positive celebration! With preplanning, those close to you will know what you would like highlighted about the life you’ve lived, so they can commemorate the “real you.”
  • Be Satisfied, Knowing you have relieved an Emotional Burden for Your Family
    Planning a special service after losing a loved one is never easy. It’s already a highly emotional time, and when they don't know your final wishes, planning a service brings added stress to those you love.

 How do you Pre-plan?

It’s as easy as A-B-C! And our plan assistance service to you is FREE!

  • A. Collect Personal Information
    This includes gathering all the facts that you will want people to remember: your biographical information, career, hobbies, family and friends. You can include any other special interest you have to help make your service even more meaningful for those who attend.
  • B. Make Appointment to discuss your Arrangements
    When ready, you can sit down with one of our Funeral Directors who will explain the various options available. This information will help you determine your choice of service and any other ideas you may have for your remembrance.

    A statement of your service selections will then be kept at the funeral home until needed. And we do NOT charge a fee for assisting you in making your plans.
  • C. Prefund Your Funeral
    Funeral prices, like other things, increase over time. By prefunding at today’s prices, you can protect yourself from inflation and future price increases.

    Prefunding can also help relieve the financial burden on those close to you. Handling the costs of a funeral, and possibly overspending because they weren’t certain of your wishes, can be extremely stressful and even a hardship. By taking care of these expenses in advance, it allows your survivors to focus on remembering you and celebrating your life.

    There are a variety of prefunding options available. Your funeral director would welcome the opportunity to sit down and go through these with you.

 The Greatest Gift of Love

By both preplanning and prefunding, you can rest assured that your life will be remembered exactly how you want it to be.

 Transferring Pre-arrangements

McLean’s has many years of experience and knowledge of the requirements needed for transferring your prearrangements from one funeral home to another. Perhaps you’ve relocated or plan to relocate, or perhaps the funeral home you’ve arranged with is no longer your choice to serve your needs. Whatever the reason for the transfer, take assurance in knowing that our qualified staff will gladly assist you –free of charge- with the necessary documentation. Contact us at for further assistance.

We've also placed our Transfer Request Letter here on our website for your convenience. You can download the letter here, or on our Helpful Forms page.


» You can begin filling out our Pre-planning Form now, or you can contact us at: to talk to one of our prefessional directors.

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