Pre Planning

Your Funeral

Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that planning their own service offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With preplanning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time.

Would you like a traditional funeral or a simple memorial service, a burial or a cremation? Working together with our experienced funeral directors, you can ease the stress on your loved ones in planning ahead for a time when all of their energies will be needed to cope with emotions of loss and grief.

Also, an advance funeral plan eliminates the anxiety of how your family will pay for funeral expenses.

Pusateri Funeral Homes want to help you make this process as easy as possible.

Pre-planning is the first step. Many people are considering ways to fund their funeral. Funding the funeral guarantees that the goods and services selected will not cost the family anything more. Pre-planning and pre-funding work together because they offer peace of mind. Your survivors will not be burdened with decisions regarding your funeral.


Preplanning your Funeral or Memorial Service will:
Provide your family with information, guidance, and ideas about what is important to you and should be included in your service.
Prevent your loved ones from making possibly costly choices that don't reflect your own desires.
Provide clear outlines of your wishes which will prevent the occurrence of guilt, stress, and indecision on the part of your loved ones while they are planning your service.
Ease the burden on your family of planning every aspect of your service at a time that is bound to be extremely emotional and difficult for them.
Give you the time and resources to thoughtfully consider how you would like to be remembered.


While Preplanning your Funeral/Memorial Service you should think about including:

Personal Information
Family History
Pre-organized Funeral Arrangements
Music, Poems, and Readings you would like included in the Service
Special Funeral Ideas or Ceremonies you would like included
Keynote Speakers you would choose
People you would especially like to be invited to the service


Once you’ve made your prearrangements, keep a copy of your plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place. Also, inform a close friend or relative what arrangements you have made and where the information may be found.

Funding the pre-arranged service is an option that many families take advantage of for many reasons. Prepaid funeral plans can guarantee that the arrangements you make today will be available at no additional cost to you or your family.

We will explain in detail the several funding plans available and assist you in choosing a plan that fits your special need. Pre-funding can provide very real financial benefits for you and your family when application for Medicaid becomes necessary or desirable.


Pre-Planning Funeral Checklist

Checklist of Funeral, Burial and Personal Items

The funeral preplanning process is relatively easy, and guarantees that important decisions are taken care of in advance. The result is a funeral that honors and celebrates your life. Pusateri Funeral Homes has prepared the following checklist, which will introduce you to the funeral planning process.

Documents and items to locate:

Deed to cemetery plot

Insurance papers

Birth certificate

Marriage certificate

All deeds and titles

Mortgages and notes

Automobile records, titles and registrations

Tax records

Bank account information

Credit card information

Safe deposit box location and key

Social Security benefits information

Benefits from any fraternal, veteran or union organizations

Veteran discharge papers

Citizenship papers

Personal Information to prepare for family

Information regarding the will (attorney, the executor)

Name of medical power of attorney, if one exists

Names of accountant, stockbroker or banker

Information about any real estate, stocks or bonds

Plans for any pets

Funeral Service Preparations

Select funeral home

Select casket or urn

Prepare death certificate

Select pallbearers

Choose a family viewing or a visitation

Select flowers

Select music

Select where to send memorial contributions

Arrange transportation

Select clothing/jewelry

Select which newspapers to notify

Prepare information for obituary (family history, education, professional history, activities, etc.)

Arrange reception (location and food)

List family and friends to notify

Church or Memorial Service Plans

Location of a church or memorial service

Select clergy

Name any family or friends that should deliver eulogy or participate in service

Select scripture or literature to read

Select photographs to display

Burial Preparations

Select cemetery plot

Select grave marker and inscription


Our staff offers more than 50 years of combined experience in the funeral service profession. This experience, along with our facilities, provides a quality that is unsurpassed.

The Pusateri Funeral Homes have helped families prepare for tomorrow through pre-planning. You can be assured that your investment will be a safe one, because we will continue to serve the families of Wayne County and the surrounding areas with the highest standards of excellence for many years to come.

Pusateri Funeral Homes tradition is here to stay.

Won't you make it your goal to give your family that same piece of mind as so many other people already have? Thank you for your past and future support.



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