3 Myths About Funeral Planning

A funeral plan is a critical part of a comprehensive estate plan. By planning in advance, you have an opportunity to influence and organize your life’s most important details, and will benefit from the financial and emotional security that come with finalizing your own arrangements. Some people don’t plan in advance due to misconceptions about the process. Here are 3 myths about funeral planning:

1. It’s too difficult to talk about death, and it won’t happen for a long time. “I’ve been a funeral director for over 39 years, and I can’t tell you how often people have told me they didn’t expect the death of their loved one to happen when it did,” said John Adolf, Director of Adolf Funeral Services. “Most people are uncomfortable talking about their own funeral, but one way to make it easier is to review the program “Have the Talk of a Lifetime”, available through the National Funeral Directors Association. The program facilitates the discussion about death in a respectful and compassionate manner.”

2. I shouldn’t plan now; I might not be living here in the future. “Almost every funeral plan available today is portable in case you move to another area,” said Adolf. “If funds are set aside in advance for funeral expenses, the funds remain yours and aren’t owned by any funeral home.” Planning the details of your funeral is very helpful to your survivors; it helps protect them from making difficult decisions during a time of loss.

3. I already purchased cemetery property; my funeral is taken care of. “Purchasing a final resting place is just one detail of a funeral arrangement,” added Adolf. “As a funeral director, I help families organize and discuss options that haven’t necessarily been considered. Having the opportunity to discuss these options can be the difference between a good and a great funeral service.”

For more information about funeral planning, please contact:

Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services

John R. Adolf, Director


7000 South Madison Street

Willowbrook, IL 60527


2921 South Harlem Avenue

Berwyn, IL 60402