Approximately seven million Americans have prearranged their funeral with a funeral home. This is because more and more people are recognizing that planning a funeral in advance demonstrates love and consideration toward their family members. It is a thoughtful decision that reduces the stress of indecision and uncertainty when a death occurs.
The planning process is something that has been a part of our daily lives forever. We purchase fire insurance for our home for the possible event of a fire; we purchase auto insurance for the possible event of an accident; doesn't it make sense to plan for the one event that is certain to happen?
We give you the opportunity to make your choices with the freedom from the usual urgencies that are created when a death occurs. Advance planning makes good sense, and is an economically sound decision.
Plan your own funeral: Can I place my records on file over the Dinoto Funeral Home web site?
Yes. At Dinoto Funeral Home, the first step in pre-planning is to complete our Pre-Arrangement Form either by clicking the link below or by requesting one to be mailed to you. This form asks for basic biographical information which we must have on file before any further steps can be taken.
We will then mail you our comprehensive, no-obligation Dinoto Funeral Home Pre-Arrangement Packet which contains not only the above mentioned biographical worksheet, but also additional worksheets for you to make further notes of your wishes; our General Price List; as well as other helpful information regarding Social Security, Veteran’s Benefits, etc..
Finally, one of the most important steps in Pre-Arranging a Funeral is composing the obituary. Most newspapers now charge for obituaries based upon length, therefore you may include as much information that you wish; however, the average obituary in the New London Day (without a photo) costs approximately $ 325.00 (The Norwich Bulletin & Westerly Sun typically cost 25-40% more). Because of this, obituaries must be submitted to us type-written so that we may forward them to the newspaper(s) of your choice. To assist you accomplish this task, our Pre-Arrangement Packet contains a helpful Composing an Obituary guide.
To begin the process of Advance Planning and complete our Pre-Arrangement Form; please Click Here or call us at 860.536.2685 and request our complete Pre-Arrangement Packet. Our business office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
you have any questions about preplanning, feel free to contact us
at our funeral home, or email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
do families prearrange?
are many reasons families prearrange, including:
give yourself time to think about certain aspects of the service
without having to make immediate decisions
sure your preferences for the type of funeral service you desire
Costs. By paying for your funeral in advance, your assets are
protected and grow at competitive interest rates
relieve your family members of the financial responsibility of
funeral expenses at the time of death
ensure understanding of possible benefits at the time of death
for your survivors, such as social security, veteran benefits,
and life insurance claims
avoid giving the surviving family members the 104 decisions that
must be made on the most difficult day of their life (see this
that your plans and confidences are with an over 100 year old,
family-owned business, providing the community with an honest
staff of professional, licensed funeral directors dedicated to
superior quality and value
that must be done on the Most Difficult Day of Your Life
A. SECURE VITAL
STATISTICS (Required For Documents)
name, complete address, telephone number
& place of service, date of discharge
long at current residence/former residence(s)
job title, nature of work & history
of workplace, telephone number
B. PAY SOME
OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
/ Inheritance taxes
of family burial estate, mausoleum crypt, cremation niche, opening & closing costs
for burial, entombment or cremation
for visiting relatives
& urgent bills (mortgage/rent, taxes, installment payments, etc.)
DOCUMENTS AND PAPERWORK
certificate/legal proof of age
Security card or number
policies (life, health, accident, property, auto)
books and listing of accounts
deed or proof of ownership
titles or bill of sale
tax returns, receipts & canceled checks
D. DECIDE AND
ARRANGE WITHIN A FEW HOURS
location of burial/disposition and which space to open
type (religious, fraternal, military)
for visitation and funeral service
for special religious services
information for eulogy
if casket is open or closed
vital statistics about deceased for newspaper
and jewelry for deceased
of scripture & readings (poems etc.)
of grave (either temporary or permanent)
contributions for memorials in memory of deceased
book, memorial/prayer cards
for you & minor children
who will look after minor children/pets
if transportation is needed for family & guests, including funeral procession lineup
& signing all paperwork
innumerable phone calls, messages and letters
meetings with funeral director, lawyer, clergy, cemetery, etc.
lodging for out-of-town guests
those who help in a special way (contributors of flowers, food, donations, etc.)
certified copies of death certificate
for memento display
deceased's will regarding special wishes
E. PLAN TO
NOTIFY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
of relatives not going to work
other musicians & vocalists
fraternal, civic organizations & unions
accountant, financial planner & executor of estate
steps are involved in prearrangement?
will explain your options and guide you in establishing your own
plans. You should find the advice of your family, clergy, and funeral
director especially helpful when considering your options. We will
record all your wishes and vital information, as well as assist
in gathering documents to keep at the funeral home.
deciding the details for the funeral, you can select any merchandise
you may desire for the services.
funeral home can even provide you the opportunity to make selections
and set aside funds for flowers, the funeral escort to the cemetery,
custom memorial folders and acknowledgments. Many will even prepay
the opening and closing of the grave/crypt for the cemetery. At
Dinoto Funeral Home we priceguarantee OUR FEES if prepaid
If I move out of town?
If you should
relocate to another city after prearranging, Dinoto Funeral Home will transfer prearrangement to the funeral home
of your choice.