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  • Planning a stress-free funeral: Glende-Nilson helps clients pass in peace

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    January 31, 2018

    Planning a stress-free funeral: Glende-Nilson helps clients pass in peace

    “We plan for every other life event,” Yaggie said. “We plan for birth, we plan for graduation and we plan our wedding. But one topic many people don’t want to talk about is the inevitable—their death.”

    Yaggie is a licensed funeral director at Glende-Nilson and he said children will ask their parents if they have made plans for a funeral and often times, parents will say, “I don’t want to talk about it” or “don’t worry, I have it all taken care of,” but, Yaggie said the worst thing you can do is tell family members not to worry when nothing has been done.

    Unfortunately, we run into that multiple times per year and it can place a burden on family members,” Yaggie said.

    However, in preplanning a funeral, a lot of benefits follow.

    “Especially in the sense that it’s one of the best, most meaningful and giving things you can do for your family and loved ones,” Yaggie said.

    If someone needs to start planning for their funeral, but hasn’t yet, Yaggie said it’s important to talk to loved ones about how they want to be remembered and their final wishes. It’s also important to consider a will and having a health care directive. Glende-Nilson is happy to consult anyone thinking about pre-planning a funeral, with no obligations.

    “Come in and visit with us,” Yaggie said. “There is no cost or obligation to meet with one of our staff and most individuals are relieved to find the process can be quite simple and gratifying.”

    When consulting with clients on preplanning funerals, Yaggie said there are three essential steps. First, Glende-Nilson sits down with a client and talks about what kind of service they desire and how they wish to be remembered. Second, they record biographical information which assists in completing a variety of paperwork, such as the death certificate and details for the obituary. The final part is looking at the financial side of things.

    “We lay out an itemized list of expenses based on your wishes and desires and then we talk about how the expenses would be taken care of,” Yaggie said. “A vast majority of people may need to put some consideration into setting funds aside for that inevitable figure.”

    Sometimes, the cost of a funeral can be a major factor that turns individuals away from planning that funeral today. Yaggie said that it is a common misperception that individuals need to have the money to pay for the future funeral now. At Glende-Nilson, that is not the case.

    “In a prearrangement setting, we offer many payment options. Using insurance as a funding vehicle, it allows individuals to pay a lump sum at any point in time, or set up affordable monthly payment plans,” Yaggie said. “And, it doesn’t matter if you are healthy or not. Even for individuals facing an illness who wouldn’t qualify for traditional insurance, we have options available.”

    People may also hesitate to talk to a local funeral home, because they are not sure if they will move in the future. Yaggie said not to worry. At Glende-Nilson anything on file including funds that were set aside are all transferable should you end up living several states away.

    For anyone interested in learning more about funeral pre-planning, Glende-Nilson holds several educational seminars throughout the year, with their next seminar on Tuesday, April 17.

    “Please join us for our “Pizza and Preplanning” seminar in April as we cover the latest memorial trends and talk about the Top 10 things you need to know about funeral planning. For those reluctant to do any sort of planning, this workshop is a great place to start,” Yaggie said.

    Ultimately, if you are seeking information and don’t want to wait until April, Yaggie invites you to call, e-mail, or stop by for a copy of Glende-Nilson’s comprehensive pre-planning guide, to tour their beautiful facilities, and visit further.

    For more information on upcoming seminars or to plan online, visit: https://www.glendenilson.com/pre-arrangements.

    Andrew Yaggie
    (218) 736-7064
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