Planning Ahead - A Story

Tom clasped Nora’s frail hand as tears filled his eyes. Who would have guessed that in a matter of months the vibrant woman he had been married to for over forty-five years would be laying in a hospital bed assisted by machines in order to live?

Old couple smiling

He thought about the calls he had made that morning to their children letting them know that they should come soon if they wanted to see their mother while she was still alive. A tear slipped from his eye and trailed down his face. How could he face life without her? How could he place her in a casket and say good-bye to her?

He thought it was ironic that only a year earlier Nora had been the one to insist that they pre-pay for their funerals. She had always worried because statistics show that men die sooner than their wives and she didn’t want the burden of trying to make decisions while she was overcome with grief. She wanted Tom to make his own decisions about his funeral and she would make her own.

She also worried about the costs of the funeral, especially if either one of them had an extended illness. It would be one less thing they would have to worry about, she had insisted.

The funeral director had met with them in a large, comfortable office and spoke with them about all of the different options that were available. Tom had been amazed at how funerals had changed since they had buried his parents over twenty years ago. The funeral director answered all of their questions and asked one that Tom had never considered, “How do you want to be remembered?”

The funeral director spoke about the importance of a funeral for the survivors. Tom now realized that truer words had never been spoken. Nora was known by so many and her funeral would be a time to honor her and remember how much she was loved. Tom was so grateful that he knew what she wanted during the celebration of her life.

One year ago, with a feeling of peace and comfort, Tom and Nora were able to make decisions about their funerals, knowing that their spouse would be saved the anguish of making those decisions at the time of their deaths. And now, Tom knew he would be forever grateful for his wife’s wise decision.

Pre Paying

Pre-Need, Pre-Pay, Pre-Fund and Pre-Finance - these four terms mean the same thing - it means that you pay for your funeral service in advance. If you select your service and pay for it in full today, with one of our service plans, funds are placed in either a Trust account in a bank or you may select a pre-need insurance policy, Wright-Roy Funeral Home will guarantee to provide the same service in the future for today's price.

Funds invested for a selection made at this time will be protected by the interest earned on the account. Pre-paying allows an individual to pay for their funeral at today's prices rather than the inflated prices of the future. By Pre-Paying, you relieve your family of the financial burden that accompanies your death.

Please call us at Wright-Roy Funeral Home to let us answer your pre-paying questions (978) 534-9372.

Pre Planning

Pre-Planning or Pre-Arranging for your funeral means that you Pre-Plan for the inevitable part of life - your own death or the death of a loved one. When you Pre-Plan or Pre-Arrange your funeral you provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.

In the Pre-Planning process, we will assist you in filling out basic information about you and your wishes. Once the forms are completed, we will keep a copy for you and we suggest that you keep a copy of the plan in a safe place. We also suggest that you inform a family member, or close friend where the plan can be found. There is no financial obligation for this service, we are happy to provide this for you at Wright-Roy Funeral Home or in the comfort of your own home. Please call us at Wright-Roy Funeral Home to let us know how we can help you with your pre-planning needs (978) 534-9372.