How to Begin Funeral Pre-Planning

Step 1: Consultation

Consult with your family and those you will leave behind.  Many times we hear the survivors would have done the services differently, but “This is what Mom/Dad wanted.”  Remember, your survivors want to have a time to remember you and gain comfort. You can make sure your choice will provide that for them.  One common area of concern is a viewing or visitation.  If this is something that your survivors will want, make sure to include it in your plan.   An excellent source of information on the options available to you can be found at

Step 2: Pricing

You can get pricing by consulting with our team.  All discussions are confidential, FREE, and without obligation.  We can document for you what your wishes will cost and we can provide you with payment options that fit your budget.  The benefits of this process can be found here.   We will endeavor to make the planning process as easy as possible.  We can communicate with you face to face, by phone, by email, or regular mail.  We will even come to you, if that is preferable.

Step 3: Documentation

Document and record your wishes.  Your funeral plan will be recorded with the Iowa Regulated Industry, as is the law in Iowa. Copies of your Guaranteed Iowa Contract will be created for you and your family.  All documents will be kept by us, and can be reviewed at any time.   We will also take the time to assist you with documenting your wishes, writing your obituary, and collecting vital statistics that will be needed for your services.

A helpful tool to create a written record is our interactive PDF form, below.  You can email your completed planner to us for safekeeping, as well as leaving a record for your family.

Personal Planning Guide – Interactive


24 Hour Immediate Service

Our main goal at Iowa Funeral Planning is to provide our customers with assistance and options when it comes to planning a funeral. We know how overwhelming this process can be, and we are here to help get you through it. Our counselors are trained, compassionate professionals and will work with you, your wishes and your budget to plan funeral services to best fit your situation. All of our initial consultations are free of charge and completely confidential. There is no obligation to purchase anything when you use this site or contact us with questions. In the case of imminent death of a loved one, Iowa Funeral Planning offers 24 hour immediate assistance to help you make decisions regarding funeral arrangements as easy as possible. Call us today at 888.682.7002 for a free and confidential consultation with no obligation.

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