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Plan Ahead

What is Pre-Planning?

Today, over half the purchases of burial space made in Catholic Cemeteries are made in advance of death (Pre-need). Pre-planning is making your cemetery and funeral arrangements prior to your death. This allows your wishes to be known, thus eliminating an incredible burden on your loved ones during the very stressful and painful hours after your death. Pre-planning is a concrete sign of your love for your family.

Why should I pre-plan?

The most obvious benefit is that you will relieve your loved ones of the burden of making your cemetery and funeral arrangements at a time of tremendous grief. Your advance planning will give your family the guidance they need to feel comfortable that they are carrying out the decisions you made.

Pre-planning your funeral and burial arrangements is one of the most considerate things you can do for your family. Not only will they be spared from making those decisions on one of the most difficult days of their life, but they will also have great peace of mind that you took the time to make those decisions for yourself, and that your arrangements will conform to your wishes. Pre-planning may prevent disagreement among family at an emotionally charged time and can assure that emotional over-spending does not occur. By pre-planning and pre-funding cemetery and funeral arrangements, you may be creating exempt assets should you ever have to go on public assistance.

Unfortunately, the cost of funeral and burial services continues to increase. In the past 10 years alone, costs have risen in excess of 100%. Another important advantage of planning ahead for your burial is the savings you realize by paying for services at today’s prices that may not be delivered for years to come. Your surviving loved ones will be spared the financial burden of having to pay for those arrangements at the time of your death.

Important Questions

Adults of any age who make their own decisions should have a plan. Like your will, it can be revised throughout your life as needs change. In general, the earlier you preplan the more options you have. Your cemetery and funeral options will probably never cost less than they do today. Statistics show that 43% of all deaths are unexpected; we are not guaranteed any tomorrows.

By making your decisions ahead of time, you maintain total control of both your arrangements and their cost. You will have the flexibility to make changes to your plan in the future, should your circumstances change. Best of all, you have peace of mind in knowing that your family will not be overburdened financially or emotionally at the time of your death. Your family will never have to wonder if they did what you would have wanted.

In our culture, few families are comfortable discussing death and loss. This is just one of those things that does not get easier as time goes by. Now is the best time for you to get your plan in order.

First and foremost, Catholic cemeteries are a vital part of our Church’s heritage of caring for and burying the bodies of the dead in blessed ground — one of the corporal works of mercy.

Catholic cemeteries are an extension of the ministry provided in your parish community. Catholic cemeteries are gathering places of remembrance, consolation and support. Religious symbols, which are expressive of our heritage of faith, are seen throughout Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A caring staff dedicated to the mission of serving God’s people tend the grounds and offices.

Choosing a Catholic cemetery as a final resting place is a statement of your belief that, even in death, the people of God await the resurrection of the body and everlasting life.

Sometimes plans for both cemetery and funeral arrangements need to be changed. This may be due to family considerations, retirement, relocation, financial or simply a change in the type of arrangement preferred. Mt. Calvary provides families the flexibility to change and adjust their planning choices to suit their current needs. Our Staff can assist with exploring all the available options with you and assist you in putting a new plan in place.

Many people, just like you, ask this very question on a daily basis. The staff at Mt. Calvary can answer your price based questions and find an option and payment plan that best meets your needs, regardless of your service type.

Burial sites range in price from  XXX.

Excavation of a burial site, which includes our service equipment, ranges in price from $xxx to $xxx.

Like most things, the cost of cemetery services and outer burial containers increase almost annually. However, by planning ahead and prepaying your cemetery needs you can lock in today’s prices.

Purchases can be made under our payment plan. Full payment is required ahead of payment plan terms when a grave or crypt is used. Families generally find payment plans more economical to use than to withdraw savings. The low down payment and monthly payments are determined by the number and type of units selected. Monthly payments are extended over reasonable lengths of time.

Pre-Planning Contact Form

If you are interested in more information about pre-planning your arrangements at Mt Calvary Cemetery, use this form to contact us. We'll be happy to assist you in making your plans.

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Most Rev John King Mussio, D.D., J.C.D.

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