Preplanning funeral helps loved ones

By preplanning, you are relieving your family of having to make important financial decisions during a period of great stress and emotion,” says Abel Chavez, of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, “At this time, many loved ones may not be thinking clearly, and many, quite frankly, just overspend.”

            Preneed services allow someone to meet with counselors in a comfortable environment to discuss their wishes and traditions while enabling them to mold them into their funeral or cremation service. By discussing the many options available, families can customize a service to make it a true celebration of life of their loved one or friend. This offers peace of mind because people know their arrangements are done to their wishes and as everything is pre-funded, it relieves the financial burden to their families.

            By preplanning your funeral you can: make all the arrangements during a time of peace and not leave them to your family during their time of grief; make your wishes known; control the cost of your funeral and protect from inflation; ensure your personal records are organized; protect your insurance, so that it provides for your survivors and not for your funeral expenses; and provide protection in case the need arises before it is expected.

            “In today’s economy, the ability to control the cost of your funeral in today’s dollars is very important,” says Chavez. “It is really something people approaching retirement, or who have just recently retire, should take the time to discuss with their funeral home of choice.”

            Callahan-Edfast also has a Veterans Program that assists its counselors in meeting and sharing with veterans information about their burial benefits. This can allow for the pre-registering of veterans and their spouses with the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado or other municipal or private cemeteries regarding the benefits.

            “These services give families a tremendous amount of peace of mind for a time we will all face in the future,” says Chavez, “And we are pleased to offer no-obligation counseling at our office or in your home to get you fully informed.”