Funeral Pre-Planning

In Washington, the law provides you the right to direct your own disposition by way of contract with the funeral provider of your choice. This is a wonderful thing because it ensures your wishes will be carried out. The funeral home is obligated to perform as you have outlined, without retribution from others.

What is Funeral Pre-Planning?

Pre-planning your funeral arrangements is a thoughtful outline of your wishes concerning your disposition at time of death. It is a way to communicate to your family your desires and decisions you want carried out. In Washington, the law provides you the right to direct your own disposition by way of contract with the funeral provider of your choice. This is a wonderful thing because it assures you that your wishes will be carried out. The funeral home is obligated to perform as you have outlined, without retribution from others.
Pre-planning can help your survivors in two ways. First, it eliminates the guess work of what you may have wanted, because it’s there, outlined in detail. The decisions, at the worst time for survivors, have already been made. Second, pre-planning avoids costly emotional decisions and overspending. At a time when emotions are running high, an enormous burden can be lifted by planning and paying in advance. Pre-planning is a gift, it simply is the most thoughtful thing you can do for your family.

How Do I Prepay and is My Money Safe?

Funeral providers in Washington are not allowed to hold on to money that has been paid for pre-arrangements. The funds must be placed in a third-party insurance or trust plan. This is for the consumer’s protection. The Washington State Insurance Commissioner and the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers regulate the deposit of pre-paid funeral money. The money can only be released to the funeral home upon proof of death. We provide guaranteed plans at Funeral Alternatives. This means when you pay today, we promise to deliver the goods and services outlined in the guaranteed portion of the agreement for the dollar amount available in the pre-paid plan.