Everything you need to know and want to ask about pre-planning.
You’ve taken an important step by choosing to pre-plan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family. You’re relieving your family of many costs that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. Finally, you’re ensuring that every last detail is planned according to your own wishes and needs.
You might have some questions as you begin the path towards pre-planning. We’re here to help answer them.
Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:
Do I need to contact a cemetery if I've already contacted a funeral home?
Yes, we encourage you to also contact a cemetery in addition to the funeral home, as they can help you plan for and arrange all the details for your loved one following a funeral service. Any cemetery will be able to provide you help and assistance as you’re planning. We also encourage you to inquire about our companion company, Wake Funeral and Cremation Services when exploring funeral or cremation needs.
Can I move a previously planned arrangement?
Each cemetery determines its own policy on exchanging or moving a previously planned arrangement. Wake Memorial Park is part of a national exchange agreement whereby some or all of your previously planned arrangements may be transferred into or our of our cemetery with the cooperation of another cemetery in the exchange program agreement.
Do I need to purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. Wake Memorial Park does require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink and the safety of our visitors and staff is protected.
I’ve heard about mausoleum burials - what are the benefits?
People choose mausoleum crypts for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it is their tradition, or maybe they just don't like the idea of ground burial. It may be because mausoeum burials are both clean and dry. They offer a good alternative for those who who prefer to not be interred in the ground. For those who would like a comfortable setting in any weather condition, we offer climate a climate controlled interior mausoleum choice.
Mausoleum burial is not for only the wealthy. Wake Memorial Park offers many reasonably priced mausoleum choices in our innovative and beautiful mausoleum.
Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes, . With more and more people choosing cremation but still preferring a traditional place to visit and to memorialize their loved ones, burying an urn is a popular choice that continues to grow.
Wake Memorial Park both requires and offers urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains.
Preplanning vs. Prefunding. I have heard both terms. What is the difference?
Preplanning means that decisions have been made and communicated to someone in some fashion such as a record kept in a safe deposit box or with a funeral home or cemetery. They are usually not binding and may be changed by either the individual or the family at the time of death. Prefunding means that decisions have been made and monies have been paid to make those wishes happen when needed.
Are cemeteries running out of space?
It depends on the area. In some areas where hundreds or even thousands of years of civilizations have lived, cemeteries may not be a priority or able to keep up with the sheer number of people. However, a cemetery like Wake Memorial Park can serve a community's needs for burial and/or the placement of ashes and urn for hundres of years.
In short, funeral homes and local cemeteries can always help you find the space you need, so don’t ever feel that there is not an option to meet your needs. Wake Memorial Park has sufficient space for many generations to come.
I’ve heard of Perpetual Care - what is it?
In short, Perpetual Care refers to the funds that keep the cemetery grounds beautiful and well-kept, ensuring that your loved one will be taken care of over the long term. Once the service is over and those in attendance have left the grounds, we want to ensure that peacefulness and beauty are permanent parts of our grounds and Perpetual Care funds help make this possible.
It also is a means to having funds available for the future, when the cemetery is no longer actively making income because it has been sold completely out. A perpetual care fund helps ensure there is always money for maintenance and care.
We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us at anytime so that we can walk you your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.