Why Preplan

Making funeral arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all your options and truly plan a service that’s unique to you. If you’re still on the fence, below are a few more reasons why preplanning is a good option.



It's Simple

It’s as simple as completing a form or meeting with one of our staff members to put your plan in place. No matter your age, anyone can preplan, and you can make changes whenever you wish.

You Relieve the Burden

Preplanning relieves your family of the pressure of planning and the financial burden, so they can focus on grief and remembrance.

You’re in Control

When you preplan, you’re in control of creating a unique celebration of life. You also can include your family members in the planning, so the service reflects their wishes and needs as well.  This way, you can:

  • Take care of the details.
  • Be certain your personal beliefs are represented.
  • Control the tone and manor of your service.
  • Spare your loved ones from a lot of confusion and anxiety.
  • Become acquainted with your funeral director.

And if you change your mind, updates and changes may be made to your arrangements at any time.

There are Prepay Options

Prepayment is only required if you wish to guarantee the funeral costs.
  If that is the route you choose, prepaid funeral monies are held in, funeral trusts administered by New England Funeral Trust, or in other investment vehicles, such as, insurance policies or annuities. Prepaying generally means you save money since you’re protected from inflation and price changes, and it also gives your family members peace of mind knowing that the funeral expenses are taken care of.

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How to Begin

One of the licensed funeral service professionals at any of our ten Chapman Funerals & Cremations locations can help you put together plans. Otherwise, check out our planning checklist to see all your options. Then, you can plan online using our form or you can schedule a meeting with our staff to plan your personalized service details.

Additionally, we keep a record of your preplanned arrangements and prepayments, and they’re easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States if you were to move or the funeral home were to close.

Additional Information

Things to consider when choosing a funeral director

Things to consider when choosing a funeral director:

Consider the funeral director's experience, reputation and ability to provide the type of service you desire. Consider the quality of his or her establishment. Consider choosing a Funeral Director who has traditionally served your family for several generations.

The value of a memorial ceremony

The value of a memorial ceremony:

A memorial ceremony is a time-honored rite of passage, a way of saying goodbye, and a testimony to the life that was lived and continues to impact the lives of the bereaved. It's an opportunity to come together, help attendees face the reality of death, express feelings, and offer support to family members and others. It truly can help one begin to let go.

Disposition alternatives

Disposition Alternatives

Disposition alternatives include earth burial in a single grave or within a family lot, cremation, entombment in a mausoleum or crypt, and an anatomical gift.

Funeral merchandise

Funeral Merchandise

Caskets range from solid hardwoods (such as mahogany, oak and cherry) to metal caskets (such as bronze, copper or steel) as well as alternative containers.

Outer burial containers, used as added protection for the casketed remains and to keep the ground from settling, are made from a range of materials from reinforced concrete to precious, metal-lined burial vaults.

Urns, used as a permanent container for cremated remains, range in selection similar to caskets.



Costs vary according to the merchandise and services you select. These can include items such as professional services, facilities, motor vehicles, merchandise, and cash advances (cemetery/crematory fees, flowers, newspaper notices, etc.). Contact us for specific price information.




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