Pre-arranged funerals take the burden off loved ones

More and more people in the Tri-Cities are preparing for the future by pre-arranging their funeral. While it may be a task few of us enjoy thinking about, pre-arranging your funeral is nonetheless a thoughtful and responsible gesture that eases the suffering of those closest to you in the days following your passing.

“If you’re suffering from a terminal illness, or just getting your affairs in order, pre-arranging helps your family,” says Andrew Knapman, manager of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. “You’re making the important decisions in advance so that at the time of your passing, your loved ones don’t need to worry about them.”

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Both Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Ocean View Funeral Home offer extensive pre-arrangement services to make life’s toughest moments a little easier on your family and friends. And in addition to pre-arranging your funeral, you can pre-fund it, which ensures you’ve paid for any expenses related to your funeral in advance.

“If you opt to pre-fund your funeral, you effectively lock in the price of the funeral at the time of purchase,” Knapman explains. “That way, you aren’t affected by any price increases down the road, and your family doesn’t have to worry about taking money out of the estate to cover the cost.”

The first step in pre-arranging a funeral is to meet with a funeral professional to discuss your options. That way, you can determine the best way to celebrate your life so that your loved ones don’t find themselves second-guessing their decisions.

Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Ocean View Funeral Home also offer a personal planning guide, which outlines everything you need to organize your funeral in advance.

Both Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Ocean View Funeral Home are part of the Dignity Memorial® Network, North America’s largest network of funeral, cremation, and cemetery providers, so any pre-arrangements made by people living in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody can be transferred to any city in North America that boasts a Dignity Memorial® funeral home.

“Pre-arranging your funeral takes the stress out of the process,” says Knapman, “and it saves the people you love most from making tough decisions during a difficult time.”

To learn more about pre-arranging your funeral at either Forest Lawn Funeral Home or Ocean View Funeral Home in Burnaby, call 1-800-34-DIGNITY or go to the Forest Lawn website or the Ocean View website. Forest Lawn is at 3789 Royal Oak Ave. and Ocean View is at 4000 Imperial St. 

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