We understand that you have many choices of funeral homes to care for you, your family, and friends. We are grateful that you have selected Olson’s to assist you in planning ahead.
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. There’s comfort in planning ahead with Olson’s. Our Comfort Kit and our Planning Ahead worksheet will give you a good start on the process. For more information about Olson’s, and answers to your most common questions, click on the links below. Or, to make an appointment with a pre-arrangement specialist call us at:
Rockford: 815-963-6521 or Sycamore: 815-895-6589
You’ll find there’s comfort in putting your plans in place with Olson’s.
Q. How do I benefit from pre-planning?
A. Our experiences have shown that pre-planning funeral and memorial services will likely be of great benefit to you and your loved ones. It spares family from making many of the most difficult emotional and financial decisions in the midst of one of life’s most stressful times. Most importantly, you and your family gain the peace of mind that comes from ensuring that your wishes are known, and all the toughest decisions have already been made. The hardest part of the process is just getting started. Olson’s helps make it easier.
Q. What does pre-planning consist of?
A. Olson’s Comfort Kit contains most, if not all, of the information you need to start and complete the process. It will help you make all the important decisions on your Funeral and Memorial Services, including the type and location of the services, deciding on burial or cremation, identifying important participants such as officiants and those that will perform eulogies and readings, and the many other details that ensure that your wishes are fulfilled. Our Planning Ahead Worksheet can help you organize your decisions, put them in writing, and make it simple for your loved ones to put your plans in place when the time comes.
Q. Are there benefits to pre-funding my funeral arrangements?
A. Pre-funding a funeral gives you peace of mind knowing that financial burdens will not be placed on your next of kin and it guarantees the services selected at the time of the pre-funding. Pre-funding may not be the best option for everyone so therefore it is an important thing to discuss with your funeral director and financial advisor. An important thing to remember is that not all funeral homes are the same regarding portability of pre-arrangements. At Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, we guarantee that the funds will be available at your time of need, and that all pre-arrangements are portable at no charge to family members. This means that you can move to another part of the country and the pre-arrangement will move with you. This is another way that Olson Funeral and Cremation Services is setting the standards for funeral service in the area.
Q. How do I know if my money will be safe with your pre-planning/pre-funding services?
A. All pre-funding contracts are secured by a trust account or an individual insurance policy. Your contract will state the security method, and all accounts are subject to audit by the State of Illinois.
Q. What special considerations are made for veterans?
A. Planning is of particular importance to many of our families with military veterans. Providing Military Honors at the funeral is a time-honored way to recognize the sacrifice and contributions of our nation’s veterans. At Olson’s, we’re proud of our years of experience in helping so many of the area’s veterans receive the benefits and recognition that their service so richly deserves.
Q. Your Comfort Kit and Planning Ahead Worksheet are helpful – but I'd like even more assistance to get this right.
A. Yes, Olson’s encourages all of our families to discuss their own funeral wishes with one of our pre-arrangement specialists so that their choices can be honored and important documents gathered in one convenient location. There is no cost or obligation. Just contact Olson’s at 815.963.6521 and schedule an appointment. We’ll take care of the rest.
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