pre-planning faqWhat is a funeral?
A funeral is an event where people gather together to express their grief for the death of a loved one and to share with and support others who are also experiencing grief. A funeral provides an organized opportunity for the family and friends of the deceased to acknowledge the loss, to state the important role this person had in their lives, to recognize the loved one’s contributions and accomplishments and to prepare for life without the deceased. A funeral honors the special unique human life that was lived. It is a final farewell. How can I personalize my funeral? You can personalize your funeral service by making prearrangements. By making prearrangements, you can select a funeral service which has great personal meaning to YOU. The service can celebrate your individual, unique life. It can provide comfort for your loved ones as it commemorates your life. They will know that you have personally arranged this final farewell. Thousands of Illinois citizens are saying “yes” to prearrangement when the circumstances are appropriate for them. What are the benefits of prearranging my funeral? The benefits of making funeral prearrangements are peace of mind and financial security. When you make funeral prearrangements, you have the peace of mind of knowing you have planned ahead. By doing so, you have selected a meaningful funeral service which will comfort your family and spare your family the difficult and stressful task of making arrangements at time of need.
If I make prearrangements and prefinance them, how do I know my deposit will be safe? The Illinois Funeral or Burial Funds Act, established in 1955, requires that preneed funds be placed in trust in an Illinois bank or trust company or federal or Illinois savings and loan institution or federal or Illinois credit union or with an insurance company if insurance is the choice of the prearrangement. To be sure your funds are handled as required by the Act, we suggest you:
If I just want to learn more about funeral prearrangements from the funeral director of my choice, am I obligated in any way? Information is always available from your funeral director without cost or obligation. He or she wants you to feel totally comfortable in making any inquiries you may have and helping you implement any decision which you may eventually make. If I need additional information or ever have a problem, who can I contact? Contact the Comptroller’s Office in Chicago at (877) 203-3401. The call is toll-free. The Comptroller’s Office monitors the progress and professionalism of funeral directors who provide pre-financed funerals for Illinois residents and others. They can confirm for you that your funeral director is licensed to handle prearranged funds and is also bonded. You can also visit the Comptroller's website for more information. When you visit the funeral home, ask to see the license granted by the Comptroller to your funeral director.