Start Planning 2018-11-14T18:17:09-04:00

Start Planning

For many, it feels like there’s an overwhelming amount of things to think about! But in all honesty, taking control of the important things in life just feels good; you know it’s the right thing to do for you, and your family.

Start planning with this pre-planning checklist. You can also request a personal appointment with one of our caring staff members or start planning online below.

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Laying the foundation for a well thought out plan for you or a loved one takes a bit of time, but it’s worth every moment spent. After all, you’re setting the stage for a more relaxed and enjoyable life, because you’ll have the peace-of-mind preparedness brings. Here’s what to do to get started:

  • Prepare a contact list of individuals who should be notified in a medical emergency or death.
  • Write an obituary or simply jot down information you would like included in an obituary.
  • Decide where obituary and memorial information should appear.

Choose the type of service you would like including the burial you prefer and make those arrangements.

You will need to decide:

  • Cemetery lot location
  • Casket type; cremation urn type
  • Vault or sectional crypt
  • Type of service: religious, military, non-denominational, or fraternal
  • The contact details for the funeral home you designate to care for you
  • Pallbearers, music, flowers, scripture or other readings
  • Charity to receive donations in lieu of flowers, if donations are preferred
  • Select the speakers and the eulogies that you would want to represent you.
  • Decide what organizations or church will benefit from memorial donations in your name.

Arrange and Delegate

The people who know and care about you will be there when you need them. You only need to provide them with instructions, important financial details, and then relax. You’re in good hands.

  • Give your Executor a copy of your Will. Safety deposit boxes are often opened up during the estate settlement process, long after the funeral. Any funeral planning documents therein can be of no help to your executor.
  • Make sure your representative has a list of important account information or telephone numbers for retirement plans, insurance policies, investments, bank accounts, safe-deposit boxes, properties, preferred law and accountant firms and mortuaries. Remind your personal representative that the Social Security Administration will need to be called and, if you’re receiving benefits such as those from the Veteran’s Administration, they should be contacted as well.
  • Designate a power of attorney to ensure that proper information can be accessed in the event of your illness or death. Make sure a durable power of attorney for health care and a living will are in place so that your wishes are carried out if you are unable to do so.
  • Make arrangements for telephone and utilities services, and newspaper and magazine deliveries, to be cancelled.

Pay for:

  • Cemetery and memorialization services
  • Funeral arrangements, including clergy, florist and transportation
  • Make arrangements for pets to find a new home.

You can also contact us for additional information. We’re pleased to answer any questions you may have, without obligation.

Request a Personal Appointment
To request a personal appointment with a Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services pre-planning advisor, please contact us.

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Record your Personal Information
Your personal information can be kept on file at Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremation Services. For assistance in completing this online planning process, please contact us by calling (914) 949-0566.

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Customer Review

Lois H

White Plains, NY

A loved one recently passed away and we selected Ballard-Durand for all of the wake and funeral arrangements. I had evaluated a few funeral homes in the area and found Ballard-Durand offered the most complete services and they gave me excellent guidance from the first phone call. I was so impressed with their professionalism, warmth, kindness, sensitivity, sense of urgency and respectful, helpful attitude.  In a very difficult and sad situation, the Ballard-Durand team was exceptional.  They truly went above and beyond from the moment I contacted them in the middle of the night. Matthew, Josh, Michael, Jenna and Megan were all so responsive in every situation; they all made our family the priority and cared for all of our needs and special requests with finesse. They made a stressful time so much better for our family. I recommend Ballard-Durand without reservation and we are so grateful for all their efforts during our time of loss and grieving. Moreover, the location itself is a tasteful setting and the parking was very good as well. Thank you again, Matthew and team.