REASONS TO PLAN YOUR FAMILY MEMORIAL IN ADVANCE
Reason One: No one likes to think about his own death,
but failure to do so makes it more difficult on the bereaved
Let's start by examining what happens when people don't do
any planning for their own deaths. Your close family members
are forced to handle countless details. They must notify people,
choose a funeral home and make arrangements with a cemetery,
to name just a few of the things they must think about. All
this at a time when they are emotionally upset. That's why
responsible, caring people plan every detail - including choice
of the family memorial - well in advance.
Doing so is perfectly logical and sensible. It is part or
an effort that many Americans are making to get control of
their own lives. There is nothing morbid or even sad about
it. After all, why plan so carefully for when you are alive
and then leave everything to chance the moment you die?
Two: Choosing a family memorial is a joint decision. Why
should someone be forced to make it alone?
Many people find it difficult to buy even the simplest gifts
for their spouses. "Would she really like this ring or
prefer another?" "Would he rather have striped or
solid tie?" In life you can always ask -- and you can
exchange a bad selection. However, choosing a memorial after
a family member has died is another matter. Would he or she
like it? You can only guess. it's a bad way to go about it.
Choosing a memorial should reflect mutual tastes and wishes.
It is, after all, the most permanent purchase you will ever
make. Some people include the whole family in selecting a
memorial. it's a good idea. You'd be surprised at how much
better everyone feels at a sad time when these decisions have
been made together.
Three: The worst time to make a financial commitment is
when there has been a death in the family.
One of the normal feelings associated with death is guilt.
Bereaved persons commonly feel that they should have been
nicer to the deceased. Perhaps they regret something that
was said in the distant --or not to distant--past.
Because of a tendency to overspend in order to wash away some
of the guilt, no major financial commitment should ever be
made at such a time. A cemetery lot and memorial should be
chosen in advance by mutual agreement.
Four: By planning in advance, you protect your family
from high pressure sales tactics that can occur at a time
when they are under emotional stress.
Advance planning allows the family to choose a memorial of
high quality and lasting value at a reasonable price. This
way you can take your time evaluating each possible choice,
without being susceptible to high pressure from eager sales
Five: Advance planning assures that your insurance will
be used for the needs of your loved ones.
Most people don't buy insurance to cover funeral expenses.
The money is intended to provide for their family's future.
By planning and purchasing your memorial in advance, you can
be certain that savings and insurance funds will be used as
intended. Buying at today's prices will also protect against
Six: Advance planning assures a memorial of the quality
It's hard to believe there is such a thing as inferior stone.
But many memorial stones have a tendency to discolor over
the years. How do you guard against this?
All you need to do is select a granite memorial offered by
a reputable monument dealer such as Twin City Monuments or
Granite Products Companies with over 85 years of experience.
Monument dealers are knowledgeable about stone and will speak
candidly with you about choosing your memorial in advance.
In the extremely unlikely event that discoloration occurs,
Twin City Monuments and Granite Products Companies has a life
time guarantee from the granite quarries for the life of the
monument at no cost to your family.
This guarantee extends from the granite quarry, to Twin City
Monuments and Granite Products, to the cemetery. If anything
at all happens anytime in the future, the cemetery simply
notifies our company. Twin City Monuments and Granite Products
and the granite quarry then will see to it that the memorial
is repaired or even replaced, if necessary. So even if family
members move away, they will have peace of mind in knowing
that your memorial will remain forever beautiful and unflawed.
Seven: There is no such thing as an "expected death."
The time to act is now.
All of us die "unexpectedly." Even those who have
cared for the terminally ill will tell you that every death
comes as something of a shock. Immediately, there are countless
things to do and not enough time in which to do them all.
This is why you should not delay planning for the events and
necessities associated with death. If you have ever been faced
with the task of making arrangements for someone who did not
do so, you will know how important this planning is. The plans
made can always be changed as life progresses. Do not, however,
chance the unexpected any longer.