Why Plan Ahead?

It's easy and it's free.

You can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences, and all you have to do is fill out a form or meet with a member of the Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish. Pre-planning is also sometimes referred to as “pre-arrangement.” Our Pre-Planning Specialist is even happy to meet with you in the comfort of your home, if you prefer.

Many people confuse funeral pre-planning with pre-payment, but they’re two completely different things. Pre-planning is always free, and you’re not required to pre-pay.

It lets you decide how you'd like to be remembered.

Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make sure that your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. However you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives you control over the personal decisions that must be made when a person moves on from this life. Planning can be meaningful for your family, as well, if you choose to include them in the process. It can help them to feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be. Be sure to view our Pre-Planning Checklist as you begin to think about your funeral selections. You can plan as much as you wish, whether simply selecting that you would like a burial or cremation or being as detailed as selecting the casket or urn.


It takes the burden off of your family and friends.

When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions in a short period of time, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life journey with those who cared about you most.


It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish.

While pre-funding your funeral is certainly not required in order to pre-plan, pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside and protected against inflation and unforeseen increases in cost. Your family won’t have to worry about payment, and can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of.

When you choose to pre-fund your final arrangements, your money is put in a state-approved trust account or top-rated insurance company until it is required. After your pre-plan is paid in full, our price is guaranteed. You will never have to pay more for the items you selected and paid for.

What if I Move?

Once you create your pre-plan with us, we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. Your plan is easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States, so it can be used wherever you might choose to relocate. No matter where you live at the time of your passing, or which funeral home’s services you decide to use, we’ll make sure that your plan follows you there.


Where Do I Start?

The first step is to review our Pre-Planning Checklist (link to checklist) to help you consider all of your possibilities and gather all of the information you’ll need. Then, you can use our Pre-Planning Form to begin creating your personalized arrangements. You can also contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person. Call Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory at (317) 831-2080 to schedule your appointment, or get in touch HERE.

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