Life’s final journey is the most difficult one to plan. But it is also the one that can leave family members adrift and at a loss as to what to do. This challenging time is less difficult when one is able to express his or her final wishes prior to passing on. Taking responsibility now provides peace of mind for yourself and for your family during a time when they are overwhelmed with grief.

“Pre-planning is a matter of taking the time to think about, and record your end-of-life desires, in advance of your inevitable death. It’s a thoughtful gesture to those you love, and a way to let go of anxieties about the future. Once you have planned exactly what you would like for your final disposition, you are guaranteed that your arrangements are in the hands of reliable friends or family,” says Timothy Reeg, Manager of the Hopewell Memorial Home & Cremation Service, formerly Cromwell’s Memorial Home.

“Planning is all about ensuring that your wishes are known ahead of time. Expressing wishes in your Will is not effective because too often that document is not read until after the service,” Reeg advises. “Pre-Planning relieves your family members from making very personal decisions on your behalf at the time of need. You can document your exact wishes, be they a full-service funeral or a simple direct cremation. By paying in advance, you do not burden your family with the expense and funds are protected in a NJ State sponsored account that is secure and will accumulate interest until needed.”

Reeg stresses, “If you pre-plan with us, you are not required to pay any monies upfront, but it is recommended. However, your end-of-life plan will be available for your family at any funeral home. No matter where you reside at the time of your passing ; no matter where you choose to have your funeral, the plan will be transferable to any licensed funeral home. Alternatively, you can cancel at any time and collect all pre-payments.”

Hopewell Memorial Home & Cremation Services has nearly 70 years of experience caring for families from all faiths. They are leaders in the profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity in the Hopewell, Princeton, and Pennington communities at an affordable price.

“Hopewell Memorial Home & Cremation Services goes beyond basic funeral planning. We can provide treasured keepsakes, personally crafted videos and other treasured keepsakes for family and friends,” Reeg says.

“We understand that this is one of the most single significant days of a person’s life, and we will provide our customers with any request to make sure any and all needs are met to create a memorable celebratory experience.”

Hopewell Memorial Home & Cremation Services strives to provide funerals and cremation services as unique as the lives of the loved ones and the families they service. The professional, experienced and knowledgeable staff is available 24 hours a day to assist you and your family to design the most appropriate celebration of life and love.

Hopewell Memorial Home, 71 East Prospect Street, Hopewell Borough. www.HopewellMemorial.com. 609-466-3632.

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