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Preplanning - Fall 2011

August 2, 2011

No one likes to think about death, let alone plan for it. However, by pre-planning your funeral, you relieve your family of having to make important financial decisions during a time of great stress and grief. Memory Gardens can help you make those decisions now, so your family will not have to struggle with them after you’re gone.

Pre-planning ensures that you will have the memorialization and service that you desire, said Memory Gardens Memorial Advisors Carol Durant and Joe Mazmanian.

“Family and friends don’t have to wonder what you want, because you’ve done it for them,” said Durant, who joined the Memory Gardens staff in September 2010. Pre-planning helps prevent adversity among family members who might otherwise conflict about your final wishes.

Pre-planning is also a vehicle for demystifying what can seem like a complicated process. Our memorial advisors will guide you through the many services Memory Gardens offers, such as choosing a full casket burial vs. cremation. Memory Gardens also offers bronze memorial markers, which can be custom designed to your specifications. Further, our memorial advisors can explain and differentiate often confusing terms like “inurnment” and “entombment.”

“We can advise you on the actual process, said Mazmanian, who joined Memory Gardens in June 2011. “We can guide you through what needs to be done.”

Pre-planning helps control costs by arranging financing options. For example, Memory Gardens offers interest-free financing to allow for manageable payments. “This allows you to lock in your costs,” Durant said. Pre-planning is also a means of preserving any insurance benefits you designate for family members.

Here are a few things to think about before setting up an pre-planning appointment with one of our memorial advisors:

  • Do you prefer cremation or burial? Cremation is a much less expensive option.
  • Are any other family members buried here? If so, do you want to be buried near them?
  • Consider driving or walking around our different “gardens” to determine what area you like best. Memory Gardens offers selections in more than 20 individually named sections (or “gardens”) for traditional ground burial. Plots prices vary by garden.
  • Visit the Memory Gardens website at http://www.memorysgarden.org/ Print out anything that you might want more information about from one of our memorial advisors.

 Pre-planning is a wonderful tool for alleviating the stress your family will be facing in their hour of loss. For a free pre-planning packet or to make an appointment for an office visit, call Carol Durant or Joe Mazmanian at (518) 869-9506. Or, send an e-mail to them at carol.durant@memorysgarden.org or Joe.Mazmanian@memorysgarden.org



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