Advance Planning

In the event of a death, whether expected or unexpected, a family must make many practical decisions, such as what funeral home to use, what type of ceremony to arrange (religious, private, fraternal, etc.), what kind of flowers to order and so on.

At Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of planning ahead. This planning can be a sensitive subject, but it can also be a satisfying experience to share and discuss your desires with the ones you love. Expressing your personal wishes and feelings about various aspects of life celebration ceremonies in an unhurried, relaxed manner can provide great comfort to those who care about you the most. Family traditions, photo and keepsake displays, music selections and more, should all be included in the planning process.

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your personal wishes are already planned gives peace of mind to you and your loved ones. By having guidelines in place, your family is free to spend time on the special touches of the ceremony instead of coordinating the entire event.

Personal Choice

Making your plans in advance will ensure that your choices will be recognized now and in the future. You will have the opportunity to make decisions and selections about how you wish to be remembered. However, please remember that it is vitally important for survivors of a loved one to be included, as they are the ones truly impacted by the decisions being made.


Planning services and ceremonies in advance also offers the opportunity to pay ahead. Although not required, paying in advance acts as a shield from cost increases and eases the financial burden on loved ones.

If choosing advance planning, select an accessible location to store the documents and inform loved ones. A safe deposit box is not recommended, since it usually would not be accessible until the estate is settled.

We understand how hard it is to cope with the death of a loved one, let alone try to arrange for their funeral when a loss occurs. We’re happy to take the time up front to answer questions about funeral ceremony, burial, and cremation options, Social Security and veteran’s benefits, and payment options.



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