Why Plan Ahead

Why Pre-Plan A Funeral?

Often people are surprised to learn that without pre-planning, their final wishes might not be honored.

HOW CAN THAT BE? Without specific instructions, the party or parties in charge would be your legal next of kin as described in Pennsylvania Law. That may or may not be the person you trust most.  

If you are not confident your next of kin will fulfill your wishes or if you are concerned there could be disagreement between next of kin over the fulfillment of your wishes, you should know that you have the right to designate any one or more persons, relative or not, to be in charge of your disposition.


You can do this by executing an “Allegation of Contrary Intent” as set forth in the PA Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code, 20 Pa. C.S.A. Section 305.

Free of charge, we can provide an allegation of contrary intent form for you to complete in order to ensure your preferences for burial or cremation are fulfilled.

An allegation of contrary intent can be a helpful document to avoid disagreements between next of kin over fulfillment of your wishes. This is part of what we provide regardless of the type of pre-planning selected.

There are 3 benefits to planning ahead, peace of mind, economy and personal choice.

Peace of mind knowing that your final arrangements are taken care of and will not be a burden on those you love.

Economy You control the expenses and eliminate the potential for emotional overspending.

Personal choice Have it your way by expressing and documenting your wishes eliminating any doubt about what you would have wanted and all without time pressure or emotion.

We offer several options to plan ahead. Hospice Care Pre-Planning

Since March 29, 2010, without any financial commitment or payment whatsoever by the client or client family, it is our company policy that for individuals under hospice care, we offer a price guaranteed quote honored for six months from the date on the Statement of Goods & Services Selected. The price guarantee is exclusive of CASH ADVANCES.

No Cost Pre-Planning

Another option is to make all the decisions and selections without financial commitment. At time of need, the arrangements are reviewed with your next of kin and they would then be responsible for payment at that time at the then current prices.


Funded Pre-Planning

If you are interested in funded pre-planning, we offer single payment and installment payment options both of which can be used with a basic fund plan or a price guaranteed plan. Funded pre-planning can be accomplished with an Irrevocable Trust or with a final expense insurance policy.

We encourage families to meet with us before an emergency and welcome the opportunity to explain all options and of course, with no cost or obligation.

You can meet with us in the comfort of your own home or the privacy of our office. Alternatively, you can click “preplan online” below under “Where do I start” and fill in as much as you are comfortable with. 

Whatever is best for you, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss further.


Where Do I Start?

First, check out our preplanning checklist to help you consider all your possibilities. Then you can preplan online using our form to create your personalized arrangements or you can schedule a time to meet with our staff to discuss your options and make a plan.


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Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc. | (717) 767-1551
1551 Kenneth Rd York, PA 17408

Life Tributes by Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc. | (717) 244-6991
35 Gotham Dr Red Lion, PA 17356

Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care | (570) 742-4561
125 N Front St Milton, PA 17847

Maxwell Funeral Home | (570) 923-0228
205 5th St Renovo, PA 17764

Helt Funeral Chapel, Inc. | (570) 748-2722
232 Hogan Blvd Mill Hall, PA 17751

Beaver Urich Funeral Home, Inc. | (717) 938-6172
305 W Front St Lewisberry, PA 17339

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