‘Future planning’ a growing trend in funeral services

>>> WE PLAN FOR ALL SORTS OF LIFE EVENTS FROM HAVING A BABY TO GETTING MARRIED EXPERTS SAY IF YOU PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ONE THING THAT WILL HAPPEN TO EVERYONE

>> AND THAT, OF COURSE, IS DYING IT'SED KIND OF HARD TO TALK ABOUT, BUT FUTURE PLANNING FOR DEATH IS A GROWING TREND ACROSS THE NATION IN FACT, I SPOKE TO A LOCAL LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY, FOR THE PAST 36 YEAR, ON HOW YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR FINAL MOMENTS >> THE ALTAR WILL BE HERE >> THE LIFE EVENT OR A MARRIAGE IS A SPLENDID OCCASION

>> STARTING FROM THE TOP FOUR OF THE TOWER >> CAPTURING HAPPY MOMENTS OF A TIME GONE BY >> PEOPLE GO BY HERE AND SAY OH, MY THERE'S MY GRANDMOTHER >> BUCHANAN >> WEDDING BANKETS, PRIMES

>> THEY WORK WITH FAMILIES FROM THE BEGINNING OF LIFE TO THE END THE TREND OF PLANNING FOR DEATH CONTINUES TO GROW >> YOU OWN YOUR OWN DEATH >> GIVING FAMILIES PEACE OF MIND >> YOU MAKE THE CHOICES

YOU DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SPEND OR NOT SPEND YOU DON'T LEAVE THE BURDEN FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO TAKE CARE OF >> A MAJOR CONSIDERATION IS A COST $20 A MONTH CAN GET YOU STARTED >> PROVIDING PRICE FREKS

ANYTHING YOU SECURE IT'S GOING TO FREEZE THE PRICE EVEN 20 YEARS FROM NOW, 30 YEARS FROM NOW, THEY WON'T PRAY AN INFLATED RATE FUNERAL SERVICE, CASKET OR CEMETERY SERVICE OR CREMATION ARE PUT INTO PLACE AND BECOME A ROAD MAP FOR YOUR FAMILY >> ALLOWING YOU TO PUT YOUR OWN WISHES DOWN ON PAPER PEOPLE MAY SEEM TO ASSUME THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT

>> WHAT IF THEY CHANGE ALONG THE WAY? >> IT COULD BE CHANGED WE TELL PEOPLE THAT THE BENEFIT OF DOING IT IN ADVANCE IS THAT ANY OF IT CAN BE CHANGED WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS THAT HAVE MADE PLANS YEARS AGO, MORE TRADITIONAL PLANS, BUT NOW THEY'VE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT >> TRADITIONALLY CONNECTED TO PAIN BECOMES A REFUGE >> I DIDN'T KNOW THIS GENTLEMAN OR THEIR FAMILY

THEY DID A SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE THEY HAD A BAR THEY HAD FOOD HE WAS PRESIDENT THEY PLAYED HIS MUSIC

AND BY THE END OF THE TWO OR THREE HOUR TIME FRAME, YOU GOT TO KNOW WHO HE WAS >> THEY BELIEVE GIVING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILIES GIFT OF LIFE IN DEATH THAT ONLY EASES THE FINANCIAL BURDEN BUT GIVES YOU MORE TIME TO CELEBRATE LIFE, INSTEAD OF MOURNING IT >> I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF CLOSURE TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE PERSON'S LIFE AS THEY LIVED IT >> NOW THE COMMUNITY LIFE CENTER OPENED IN 2001 AS A GIFT TO EAST SIDE RESIDENTS THEY HAVE OVER 1,000 FUNERAL PREARRANGEMENTS AND ONE-THIRD OF FUNERALS ARE PREARRANGED