Benefits of Advance Planning

Benefits of Advance Planning

The subject of funerals is never easy to discuss. But discussing your funeral in advance can be a worthwhile experience in light of the impact your own death will have on those you love the most.

Planning ahead can help you reach goals, ease worries and save money. It eases the decision-making burden for loved ones and helps ensure family members know your views and wishes.

Thousands of families have consistently told us the three reasons they feel advance planning is so important:

Peace of Mind

Knowing that your personal wishes are already planned gives peace of mind to you and your loved ones. It is a good feeling to know that your arrangements are taken care of and that you have been able to help ease your family’s burden at a time of great need.

Also reassuring is the fact that you have done all you could to give your family a planned guideline; enabling them to spend time on the details and special touches of the ceremony, instead of being responsible for coordinating the entire event. This also allows your family more time to spend together - a very important part of their grief work.

Personal Choice

Making your plans in advance ensures that your choices will be recognized now and in the future. You will have the opportunity to make important decisions about how you wish to be remembered. Planning ahead also gives you the time to take your family’s needs into consideration. It is important for you to communicate your plans to your loved ones, as they will be truly impacted by the decisions you have made.


Planning services and ceremonies in advance also offers the opportunity to pay ahead. Although not required, paying in advance offers many advantages. Aside from easing the financial burden for your loved ones, pre-funding your final expenses ensures that these funds cannot be considered accessible by any government agency, creditor, nursing home, hospital, or third party.

Many families view paying for funeral or cremation expenses in advance as a beneficial step in getting their estate in order; others see it as sound investment and a contribution to their overall financial plan.

At Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of planning ahead. We understand how hard it can be to cope with the death of a loved one, let alone try to arrange for the funeral when a loss occurs. We’re happy to take the time up front to answer questions about funeral ceremony, burial, cremation options, Social Security and Veterans benefits, and payment options.

Please feel free to call one of our Advance Planning Specialists at (217) 544-4646 for additional details or make an appointment to learn about the many options available to you and your family. We will be happy to meet with you at the funeral home, in the comfort of your own home, or at the location of your choice.

Advanced Planning Consumer Guide

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Springfield
Phone: (217) 544-4646
900 S. Sixth St., Springfield, lL 62703

Butler Funeral Home-New Berlin
Phone: (217) 488-3535
714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin, lL 62670

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Chatham
Phone: (217) 483-9292
8855 State Route 4, Chatham, IL 62629

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