The first step in advance planning is one that only you can do. Begin by gathering all documents or information regarding programs that may entitle you to specific burial or other related expenses. Once you have these, we can help you organize them, find out what benefits you can expect, and discuss what is not covered, so you can make your decisions accordingly.
For example, what will Social Security or other programs pay? Usually, the maximum benefit is only a few hundred dollars, reimbursed after the funeral services are concluded. This is not enough to cover even a basic burial space, let alone the funeral service and related expenses.
If you are a veteran, there may be other benefits to which you are entitled. The government may provide a number of burial benefits, ranging from a simple flag to be draped on the casket to a grave site and marker in a national cemetery. However, you must be eligible, your family or the funeral home must apply for benefits as reimbursements after the service has been paid for, and most funeral costs (embalming, casket, and so on) are not included.
In any case, the staff at Chism-Smith Funeral Home can help you find out exactly what you are entitled to, so you don't make arrangements for less than you need or more than you want. We want to make sure all your preparations are in order. That your final wishes and those of your family will be honored. And that you or your family won't be surprised with unexpected or unnecessary expenses.