What sort of memorial services are desired, if any?
Whether and how to prepay
- In general, we recommend pre-planning but not prepaying. See this article from the national FCA website about the Pitfalls of Preneed. Note specifically the last section, entitled "Safer ways to plan ahead".
- See this brochure from the Funeral Ethics Organization on some specifics of pre-paying in California.
** Although you may wish to donate your body, or your survivors may wish to manage your death care without the help of a mortuary, these things do not always work out as planned, so it is wise for you to choose a mortuary and a plan in order to have one functional plan in place when needed. Choosing a mortuary and a plan in advance does not obligate your survivors to use them.
Funeral Planning Decisions to Make:
Most of these death care and funeral planning decisions need to be made whether or not you are a BA-FCA member
Method of disposition of the body:
Do you want to join BA-FCA so that you may choose among the discounted plans at our cooperating mortuaries?
- See various plans you can choose among at our cooperating mortuaries
Final resting place
- What to do with the ashes
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