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Pre-planning a Catholic Burial

Recognizing that the goal of our lives is eternal life with God, preparation for death is an essential part of life for a Christian. Perhaps now, more than ever, does the need exist for advance planning of burial and funeral rites.

Death marks the end of our stewardship on earth and is the beginning of eternal life. Talking about death is never easy, but discussion and pre‑planning can eliminate stress and confusion and assist your grieving family and friends.

Your Catholic cemeteries provide a variety of choices in keeping with our faith tradition. These options are both simple and convenient.

We invite you to prayerfully consider the information provided on this site. The staff of Associated Catholic Cemeteries can provide you with additional information as you consider pre-planning decisions. For additional information please contact us.

Consider this: There are at least 50 decisions that need to be made at the time of a death. Some of these decisions cannot be made in advance. But cemetery arrangements can be made in advance. By doing so, you alleviate the burden on your survivors at a very stressful time.

The staff of Associated Catholic Cemeteries can provide you with additional information as you consider pre-planning decisions. For additional information please contact us or call toll free: 1-888-784-8683

Benefits of Pre-Planning

Our Catholic cemetery tradition testifies to the sacredness of life and our hope as a people rooted in resurrection faith. It is a great gift that you give to your family by making these decisions well in advance. Planning in advance provides you with many benefits including:

  • Shared decision: Families can share in the choices and made decisions together, ensuring everyone’s satisfaction
  • Price protection: The cost of funeral and cemetery arrangements will likely increase in the future. Pre-planning freezes costs at today’s prices. Also, pre-planning expenses can be paid over time on a budget plan, while payment at the time of death is typically made on a cash basis.
  • Conserve your life insurance: Most life insurance is purchased to allow a family to adjust to the loss of income that a death causes. If pre‑arrangements are not made, a large part of the insurance proceeds may be spent on funeral and cemetery expenses.
  • Peace of mind: Know that your pre-planning will save your loved ones from the burden of having to make these decisions when they are dealing with grief and loss.

Pre-planning, in the context of our Catholic faith, is a graced moment and an act of love.