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Plan Ahead

Preplanning Checklist

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming to your surviving family and friends, but pre-planning your funeral service can help them better deal with the stress of losing someone.

Choose the Type of Service You Want

Pre-planning your funeral service can not only ease the burden on your loved ones, but it helps ensure your final wishes are honored. While some families struggle with making those final decisions after losing someone, your family won’t have to worry with making those hard choices.

  • Choose what funeral home and director you would like to use to handle your service.

  • Decide what type of service you want (traditional, cremation, donation, etc…).

  • If you choose a traditional service with burial, decide where you want to be buried.

  • Meet with the funeral director and look at your options for caskets and urns.

  • If you decide you want to be buried, choose clothing options.

  • Look at options for a location to hold your service (funeral home, religious facility, sentimental building, graveside).

  • What type of flowers do you want? Do you want flowers, or would you rather donations be given to a particular charity or a charity of one’s choice?

  • Who will be a part of your service? You should decide on pallbearers and even ask them personally. You should also decide who you would like to officiate or participate in your service.

  • Choose which songs you would like played at your service.

  • Write an obituary or make notes about information you would like to be included in your obituary.

Choose Who You Want to be in Charge

Your family and friends want to take part in the process of fulfilling your final wishes, they only need instructions on what they need to do.

  • Make sure someone, preferably your executor, has a copy of the will.

  • Give a family member or chosen friend a list of important account information that will need to be contacted and handled following your death. Also make sure someone knows your final wishes for your desired service.

  • Designate someone to be your power of attorney.

  • Have someone prepared to cancel basic utility services and subscriptions.

Choose To Pay In Advance

Making decisions about your funeral service in advance can benefit you and your survivors financially. If possible, pay for all expenses in advance, freeing your family from that financial burden. When possible, pre pay for:

  • Cemetery services, burial plot

  • All funeral arrangements including casket, urn, flowers, transportation and specialized services

Mary and Frank Navetta

June 10, 2020

On behalf of our entire family we would like to say thank you for the wonderful funeral service you provided for our brother. From the initial planning meeting, casket selection, visitation, and Rosary to the Mass and burial in Tyler everything went so smoothly.

There was a great combination of attention to detail and sincere kindness throughout the process. Additionally, we never felt pressured in any way. We can wholeheartedly recommend Lowe Funeral Home for your funeral needs.

Cynthia Yelinek

November 7, 2017

They are the best. So friendly and welcoming. They make you feel like family.

Regina Middleton

November 7, 2017

The staff here has helped us with several family losses, and with pre-burial planning (which I highly recommend for everyone). They are always sincerely sympathetic and compassionate to the needs of everyone who comes to them. They have also been extremely helpful and compassionate with our family members whose finances were very limited. There was no pushing upgrades where they were not wanted, or were just out of budget.

Carla Ussery-Champion

September 19, 2017

Everyone is so kind and understanding. They help you make decisions at a difficult time. I would never consider using anyone else.

June Blackburn

March 22, 2017

This is the most caring and awesome Funeral Home ever. I have planned a few funerals and none of them have even come close to the service and care that we rec'd in planning my Aunt's services at Lowe's. So accommodating and gracious. Heather, Earnest, and the staff were amazing. They did a beautiful job on the makeup and you could not even tell what she had been through. I could not be more pleased. And I thank them for their special efforts for a grand send off for my Aunt.