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Pre Planning

Plan for peace of mind.

Make your choices now, so they don’t fall to your family later.

Meet with Maureen Monahan, Our Planning Specialist

Meet with Maureen Monahan, Our Planning Specialist

"With care and comfort, I will guide you through each step of the process. I truly feel honored to help families plan for the future."

Advance Planning...a Celebration of Life

Pre-planning is determining the details of your funeral and cemetery services in advance. To some, this may sound like a difficult conversation. But putting a plan in place is actually a smart and caring thing to do. With a plan, you’ll reduce stress for grieving loved ones—and simply let them honor and celebrate your life, knowing things are happening just as you wanted. All your wishes. All with ease.

Lifes moments memories of home, family and friends.  Those special moments we recapture when time seems to stand still and we find ourselves considering just how blessed we are. 

What is a Pre-arrangement?

Pre-arrangement is the act of planning a funeral service prior to the time it is needed. Today, more people are recognizing that planning ahead provides peace of mind and demonstrates love and consideration for their families.

Benefits of Pre-Planning with Miles: 

  • Maureen Monahan, our Director of Advance Planning and Community Outreach, will assist you personally with each step of the process
  • We provide a stress free environment where all of your wishes are taken into consideration ahead of time
  • Miles has a first-class culture where we believe in the highest standards of professionalism and care for our families


Planning ahead is a thoughtful decision that helps reduce the stress of indecision and uncertainty when a death occurs.  It is also a natural part of estate planning decisions, such as creating wills, purchasing life insurance and creating trusts.  Many people plan ahead to make their wishes known to their families and to reduce the burden on them; some people plan ahead because there's no one else available to make responsible decisions. The sense of uncertainty is greatly reduced when arrangements are made early. 

Advance Planning also gives you the opportunity for the design of a personal and customized service.  A properly planned funeral can be a celebration of life, a reflection of the individual. 

A funeral service gives family and friends the opportunity to gather, reflect and publicly celebrate the life of a loved one.  In addition, it provides strength and support from each other in their time of grief.  When someone dies, their family is sometimes surprised and comforted by the number of people who attend a funeral.  It is an inspiration to see at the end of someone's life the countless number of lives they have touched.  That is why we believe with proper funeral planning, a funeral can be a time to grieve, to share and to remember. 

Financial Planning Pre-funding:
During a pre-arrangement, there is time to review cost options, establish an irrevocable trust (for Medicaid and MassHealth compliance) should you desire, and the option of financially securing your arrangements.  Funding a pre-arranged funeral service is a choice many people make to ease a potential future burden on family members.  This allows you to arrange the funeral service you want based on today's prices and be assured funds will be available when needed.

Advance Planning can be discussed at any age and plans can be easily amended as your preferences or circumstances change.  The staff at Miles can answer your questions, provide suggestions and explain all of your concerns. 

Author Alan Lakein is quoted as saying that Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.  We encourage you to begin conversations with your family and to call us at 1-800-983-4434 with your questions.  The staff at Miles Funeral Home will guide you in a most helpful way. 

Miles Funeral Homes proudly serve the Central Massachusetts communities of Holden, Sterling, West Boylston, Boylston, Worcester, Paxton, Rutland, Barre, Hubbardston, Princeton, Shrewsbury, Clinton, Westminster, Leominster and Auburn.

Want one-on-one assistance? Feel free to give us a call.

(508) 829-4434

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