Talking to Loved Ones About Final Wishes

By: Lauren Griffith 

Talking to your loved ones about their final wishes and beginning to pre-plan their funeral can seem like a heavy and daunting task. 

Stuhr Funeral Home wants to make this process as simple and effective as possible. Stuhr offers professional pre-planning or “advanced planning” services to help alleviate any stress and pressure a family may feel about arranging a funeral service after their loved one passes away. 

Initiating the process of pre-planning a funeral for your loved one means you will have to have difficult conversations with them as you plan. While this may be hard or uncomfortable, there are many benefits to pre-arranging final wishes. 

Making final wishes known before the time of need is one way to help ease the burden of what is often a difficult time for family and friends. Whether you want to pre-plan your own funeral or a funeral for a loved one, pre-arranging a funeral provides emotional and financial value to those who invest their time in planning for the future. 

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There are a few essential things you should know about the logistics of pre-planning before you begin the process for a loved one. Stuhr Funeral Home strives to make this process as seamless as possible by accommodating their clients in their time of need. 

“Stuhr Funeral Home assists people with pre-planning their funerals by meeting them at their home or the funeral home and offering guaranteed pricing on services and merchandise when you pre-pay in advance,” explains Erin Jones, a staff member at Stuhr. This means that if someone pre-pays for their funeral today and lives another 30 years, they are only paying today’s prices. 

When it comes to the process itself, Jones says, “We explain everything in detail when we sit down to pre-plan the funeral, going over vital statistical information and funeral service information as well as selecting merchandise in advance to personalize it just the way you want it.”

Stuhr also has important information that can be given to those considering pre-planning a funeral. You can visit their list of commonly asked pre-planning questions. It’s important to come to the conversation prepared with some answers to questions that the funeral home may have. 

There are a few essential questions to ask yourself throughout the pre-planning process, including:

  1.  What kind of services do you want– cremation or burial?
  2. Do you want a viewing or no viewing? 
  3. What kind of services do your loved ones wish for you? 
  4. Is there a budget you’d like to maintain?  
  5. How are services going to be paid for? 

Arrive at the conversation with your preferred funeral home, ready to discuss these details and make decisions.

According to Erin Jones, there are many benefits to pre-planning a funeral with Stuhr, such as guaranteed pricing on services and merchandise, flexible payment plan options, guaranteed costs, and a 100% service guarantee. 

“You will also get the gift of peace of mind for yourself and for your family in knowing that everything is paid for, and your wishes are known so no one has to worry about it at your time of passing,” says Jones.  

Stuhr Funeral Home, a trusted name in funeral service for more than 150 years, cares for families of those whose lives have ended. Stuhr Funeral Home is committed to providing quality arrangements to honor loved ones and family traditions. For more information about available funeral services, visit or call (843) 723-2524.