Secure Your Family's Peace of Mind
On a daily basis, the staff of Chapman Family Funeral Homes is assisting families with pre-planning for the funeral of a loved one. The circumstances often differ: a parent pre-planning for themselves, an adult child pre-planning for an elderly or sick parent, or an adult child starting the Medicaid Spend Down process.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides one with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect one’s standards, lifestyle, taste, and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as you planned.
What does pre-arranging entail?
A prearrangement conference is simply a discussion with a funeral director about your wishes upon death. During that discussion, we will ask relevant questions to ensure that whatever decisions are made, they are personal and meaningful to you and your loved ones. While some prefer more basic information, others want to plan in great detail. Chapman Family Funeral Homes will provide you with a price list and a detailed print-out of specific costs. Whatever the details of the plan, it eases the burden greatly for survivors.
When pre-arranging, is payment due in advance?
One does not have to pay in advance for a prearrangement plan, but doing so, protects against future price increases. By locking in current funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds have been set aside, one is relieved of unnecessary future worry, and survivors are protected from unexpected expenses. Ask us about payment plans. When a funeral home accepts funds in advance, they are required to have the money held by a third party in either a trust or insurance policy. The purchaser can also transfer pre-paid arrangements to another funeral home at any time.
Cremation is an option that many people choose for various reasons. These can include religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or honoring a loved one’s request. Cremation can be a less expensive method in comparison to a traditional burial. The final cost ultimately depends on other services and products the family chooses to purchase.Learn More.
Are you faced with a deadline to qualify your loved one for Medicaid? Chapman, Cole, & Gleason has expertise in establishing irrevocable funeral trusts. Our funeral directors understand that time is of the essence with a Medicaid Spend Down. If you don't have your application in on time, it could mean paying more health care bills than necessary. Learn More.
There are a range of services that can be pre-planned. Full funeral and burial services. Cremation, if one prefers. Benefits counseling, from insurance and Social Security to Veterans benefits and estate planning. And even complete funeral arrangements and transportation to or from the Boston area, as needed. Just ask. Learn More.
When you have us pre-plan funeral services for you or a loved one, and pay in advance, the quoted cost of the services and items we provide directly will never go up – guaranteed. Not next year, not 10 years from now. What you pay now is the absolute price. The only costs that may change are external, such as newspaper notices, crematorium fees, flowers, and other costs we cannot control. Learn More.
Planning a funeral is never easy, but it’s even more of a challenge when you have just lost a beloved family member. That’s the primary reason many people use our Pre-Planning Service -- to lift many of the responsibilities involved from off the shoulders of those you love most. Want more detailed answers to Frequently-Asked Questions? Learn More.
Making your funeral and cemetery arrangements in advance is easy with our step-by-step process, and helpful to family members. And with a free “Record Guide” offered by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Homes, there is no reason to not start thinking ahead now. Learn More.
Whether you're interested in planning a funeral or memorial service, or are curious about what's expected of you when you attend such an event, this page contains a variety of resources from about what you should know as a consumer. Learn More.