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Discussing your end of life plan is a very sensitive and difficult subject to approach and it’s one that we tend to avoid. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable topic and when you choose to plan ahead, you create peace of mind for you and your family Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve is here to help answer any questions you may have.

Where to Begin

Planning a loved ones funeral is overwhelming and the thought of planning this is daunting, but you are not alone in this. Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve is here to support you throughout this and make this process one of healing, love, and life celebration. You can contact us at any time and we’ve also included some key information to get you started.

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01 – Contacting Emergency Services

When a loved one dies in a place that isn’t a healthcare facility, like your home, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel before they can be taken into our care. You may also want to contact your loved ones physician as well. If your loved one dies while in a healthcare facility, they will notify the proper authorities, including the funeral home you may have chosen to care for your loved one. The emergency and medical personnel involved in this part of the process will help you with obtaining a medical certificate and any other necessary paperwork. The planning process is a very emotional time and we’re to support you through the entire process.

02 – Notify Friends & Family

You’ll want to notify close friends and relatives, both through personal phone calls as well as your loved one’s death notice. If this process is too painful for you, it’s okay to ask a trusted family member or friend to help you. We, here at Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve are here to help as well. This is also the time to review any of your loved one’s preplanned funeral wishes and meet with a funeral director to begin planning their service. If your loved one did not preplan their funeral, you might want to start thinking about a few of the big choices you will need to make, such as: Location of their final resting place The type of urn Any religious services you will need, such as clergy or spiritual leaders The types of services you want, such as a celebration of life, memorial, etc… These are meant to be a starting point, and you don’t need to know the answers right away. We are here to help and to make this process easier for you and your family.

03 – What to Expect From Morgan Oaks

When you meet with a member of Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve to discuss your arrangements, we’ll tour the property and go over all the options available to you and your loved one. We’ll then ask you about your loved one to gain an understanding of the person the services will honor. Use this time to communicate your ideas and preferences, share your loved one’s life story, revisit memories, and highlight their accomplishments. Our professionals will use this information to guide you in the creation of a personalized, meaningful celebration of your loved one’s life. This process may include: Preparing and filing the official death certificate Scheduling the services and events (including the location, date, and time) Selecting an urn or other products you may need Drafting an obituary Arranging necessary transportation We’d like to make this process as smooth and stress-free for you as we can, so remember to bring the following information about your loved one with you as well: Full legal name and home address Social security number Date of birth Place of birth Father’s name Mother’s maiden name Veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable Highest education Occupation Information about the burial location if applicable Clergy name and phone number if applicable Names and relationships of survivors Insurance policy information if using to pay for funeral expenses Recent photograph

Preplanning Checklist

The following checklist will help you create your personalized plan.

General

  • Gather personal information for the obituary.
  • Choose a charity to direct donations to, if desired.
  • Choose a funeral home.
  • Make note of any instructions for your services and final disposition.

Funeral Service

  • Choose burial or cremation.
  • Select a casket or cremation container.
  • Choose types of services.
  • Choose arrangements.
  • Select which photographs and items you’d like to display.
  • Consider any customs, traditions, or religious rites that are important.
  • Choose the clothing to be dressed in.
  • Select music and hymns, if desired.
  • Choose a theme for decorations and stationery at the services.
  • Arrange transportation for the physical remains and family.

Participants

  • Choose a clergy member or officiator to preside over the service.
  • Select any musicians whose talents you’d like to employ.
  • Select pallbearers if necessary.
  • Choose friends or family members to perform the eulogy, read scripture, or prepare a speech.

Final Disposition

  • Select a burial plot
  • Select a memorial or grave marker and inscription.
  • Choose casket or urn desired

Information You’ll Need

Personal Information

  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Level of education
  • Social security number

Affiliations

  • Fraternal organizations
  • Service organizations
  • Union memberships
  • Any special recognitions to note

Military Service Information

  • Military service
  • Branch rank
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of discharge
  • Name(s) of war/conflict(s) toured
  • Serial number

Remember…

There’s no need to make all the decisions right away. For personalized assistance in creating your plan, contact one of the experts at Morgan Oaks Eternal Preserve.

Why Choose Morgan Oaks

Preservation

We are dedicated to protecting and restoring
park-like landscapes.

Cost Effective

We are a fraction of the cost compared to other
burial and scattering options.

No Pollution

We use urns and practices that are
non-pollutants to the earth.