Funeral plans are certainly not easier when someone you love is in the final stages of life. At Iowa Funeral Planning we believe that your first priority should be spending time with your loved one while time allows. For some, however, it can become important to use that time to prepare and make the process easier on the survivors after the passing has occurred. We do everything we can to make both possible.
We have a helpful planner in PDF format, that you can either complete on the computer or print it and complete handwritten. This planner includes many of the details that are needed by the family and the funeral home when someone passes away. As the family is gathered by a bedside it might even be comforting to share memories and recollections. Here is the link: Personal Planning Guide – Fillable
Whether you choose to email the form to a member of our staff or bring the printout to the arrangement conference we will be able to use it to make the process a little easier for your family. If the person passing is a Veteran, we will need their Honorable Discharge and the DD214 documents in order to arrange Military Honors and to complete the accompanying VA forms on your behalf.
It is never to late to pre-pay funeral expense with us. Even if someone is in hospice care we still offer our pre-planning services along with any promotional savings that may be applicable. It is important to know that at Iowa Funeral Planning we will allow you to take advantage of the savings of pre-plannning even if someone is under Hospice care.
If you are planning to fund the final expenses with life insurance we highly recommend you find and review the policy. Unfortunately there have been many instances where families were counting on life insurance proceeds only to discover problems, after death has occurred, due to an unforeseen issue with the policy. Here are some questions to ask prior to the passing.
Having liquid funds or credit card funds available is also important. The funeral homes with Iowa Funeral Planning are not creditors and if the funeral expense is not pre-paid and there is not insurance the funeral director will require payment at time of services. Credit cards work well and some intentionally plan to use them in order to take advantage of their rewards programs. Do NOT plan to use the decedent’s bank account as banks will freeze the account upon death, and the ability to write checks on their account will cease. Consult with your bank ahead of time to best ensure there will be funds available to you after the death has occurred.