Does your family know your wishes?

Most of us don't like to think about our own mortality – let alone plan for it. Sure, we make arrangements for other events in life. Think of the planning involved when you make a major purchase or organize a vacation or party. Not to mention the thought and time you invest thinking (and, perhaps, dreaming) about retirement! When it comes to your end-of-life wishes, have you given any consideration to your funeral plans and how you’d like to be remembered? The good news is that at Cedar Memorial we make this planning process very simple and it is a tremendous gift to give your family. 

Every day, the associates of Cedar Memorial visit with community members from the Cedar Rapids and Marion area who are surprised by the many options we have available to preplan their own funeral arrangements. Some have never heard of preplanning, while others simply haven't gotten around to it.

Our team knows how much preplanning matters, in large part, because our many years of experience assisting families who have to make numerous decisions on behalf of the loved one they just lost. We've seen the stress that making many decisions in a short period of time can cause during an already difficult life experience. We’ve also seen the difficulties that come with survivors not knowing what their loved one may have wanted. 

This is why we encourage everyone to put their arrangements in writing. In short, when you preplan, you remove the responsibility from your family while putting yourself in the driver’s seat. You can decide whether you want a traditional burial or cremation. If there are specific songs or readings you’d like included in a funeral service. Would you appreciate donations in your name to a much-loved charity or organization? You can even choose to fund your pre-arranged plans, to take the financial burden off your family. Pre-funded funeral arrangements through Cedar Memorial also have the unique benefit of locking in costs at today’s prices which saves money over time.

All of these decisions can be made in your timing, at your leisure.  As you consider preplanning, remember that, with Cedar Memorial, the process is easier than ever as our Family Service Counselors will assist by guiding you through every option. 

Our caring staff is here for you at your convenience. Reach out to us to get started. You’ll be surprised by the ease of the process and peace of mind it brings. 


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