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Preplanning FAQs

Preplanning FAQs

You’ve taken an important step by choosing to preplan. Congratulations. By taking steps to arrange these important plans now, you’ve taken a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the cost that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And 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 preplanning. We’re here to help answer them.


Here are some questions that often come up from others at the same stage:

Preplanning versus Prefunding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?

Preplanning versus Prefunding? I’ve heard both terms, what is the difference?

Preplanning is much like it sounds, it is making the decisions of how you would like to be remembered. It allows you to make your wishes known to your loved ones and gives you the opportunity to create a unique celebration...just how you would have wanted it. Prefunding is the next logical step in the planning process. Your loved ones will greatly appreciate you preplanning as it alleviates questions like "I'm not sure what he would have wanted". However, knowing your choices still leaves a financial burden for those left behind. Prefunding allows you to pay for your funeral plans, saving loved ones from incurring those costs. There are several different options of prefunding your funeral which our prearrangement specialists will guide you through.

Can I move a previously planned arrangement?

Can I move a previously planned arrangement?

Yes, your arrangements are yours and can be transferred. The process of prearranging is a benefit to you and your family... It's not a way to lock you into being served by a specific or particular funeral home or cemetery.

Do I need to purchase a burial vault?

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. Tribute does not require families to purchase a vault and it is legal for one to not purchase it, however many cemeteries in the area will request that a vault be purchased before committal.

Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.

Can two cremations be performed at once?

Can two cremations be performed at once?

In Ohio, it is legal to do so but we would encourage preplanners to check their individual state laws for further clarification.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.

Why do we need an obituary notice?

Why do we need an obituary notice?

It is helpful for friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death of your loved one and type of celebration to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper, the internet, and social media, etc.

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Phone: (937) 548-1133
1000 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331

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Phone: (937) 996-1051
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