“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer and pioneering aviator
When it comes to your final arrangements, Mikal’s Funeral Parlor believes that you should be in charge of making the decisions. The arrangements you make will reflect your exact wishes and desires. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish. You can create the perfect draft to then email to us, in the comfort of your own home or you can call to schedule an appointment to come in to meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place.
Pre-arranging your own service will help to ease the burden of your loved ones. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you are relieving your family of doubt, providing them certainty, lifting the financial burden off of your loved ones and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life journey with those who cared about you most. It will also alleviate any questions, problems or differences, which can occur among family members. When you plan ahead you know that your wishes will be fulfilled. They will need only to… follow, your, instructions.
Here are some helpful things to keep in mind:
What is Your Father’s name, your Mother’s Maiden name, your level of Education, and your Social Security Number.
Do you have any Special Affiliations such as: Fraternal Service, Union Membership, Service Organizations, along with any other special recognitions or groups that you are a part of?
Who are the Friends and Relatives who should be notified in the event of your passing?
Are you a Veteran? If so, do you have the following items readily available:
Date of enlistment
Date of discharge
Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
Other ways in which you can paint your perfect picture of Pre-Planning:
Gather personal information for your obituary
Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired
Choose a funeral home
Make note of any special instructions you desire for your services and final disposition
Type of Service
Funeral or No Funeral?
Choose Burial or Cremation
Select a casket or cremation container
Choose the location and type of service
Decide whether you’d like to have a viewing or visitation
Choose a floral arrangement
Select which photographs and memorabilia you’d like to display
Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important to you and your family
Choose the clothing you’d like to be dressed in
Select music and hymns, if desired
Arrange transportation for your physical remains and your family(limos?)
Brainstorm any additional ways you’d like to personalize/customize the services or pay tribute to your accomplishments, hobbies, personality, and life story.
Choose a clergy member or officiant to preside over the service
Select any musicians whose talents you would like to employ
Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech
Choose a cemetery
Select a burial or cremation plot, or a mausoleum
Decide between above- and below-ground burial
Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription