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Why Should I Plan Ahead?



  Kyle P. Brubaker
Licensed Funeral Director
Certified Pre-Planning Consultant

It’s simple
With the help of our staff, you can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences.  We will assist you with collecting vital statistic information, and finding out your preferences for the details and services.  Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish.

It lets you decide how you’d like to be remembered.
Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make sure that your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. However you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives you control over the personal decisions that must be made when a person moves on from this life. Planning can be meaningful for your family, as well, if you choose to include them in the process. It can help them to feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be.


It takes the burden off of your family and friends.
When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life journey with those who cared about you most.

It gives you the ability to pre-pay, if you wish.   
While pre-funding your funeral is certainly not required in order to pre-plan, pre-payment means that your funds will be set aside and protected against inflation and unforeseen increases in cost. Your family won’t have to worry about payment, and can enjoy peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of. We’d be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange for pre-funding of your services.


What if I Move?

Once you create your pre-plan with us, we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. Your plan is easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States, so it can be used wherever you might choose to relocate. No matter where you live at the time of your passing, or which funeral home’s services you decide to use, we’ll make sure that your plan follows you there.


Where Do I Start?

You can use our Pre-Planning Form to begin creating your personalized arrangements.  After you submit this form someone from our staff will contact you.  You can also contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person. An initial meeting generally takes 1–2 hours and we will begin by collecting vital statistic information.  Next we will discuss and plan your personalized service and tribute, including a draft of an obituary.  Finally we can discuss pre-funding options, if desired. These meetings will be directed by you to meet your needs and to accomplish your personal goals.


Why Choose Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory?
We encourage you to set an appointment with Kyle P. Brubaker, our Licensed Funeral Director, who was awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation in 2015 by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).   The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.  In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.  CPCs must demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling specific requirements as they renew their certification every four years.   The CPC designation is another achievement setting Kyle apart from other pre-planning advisors in our area.  He is also a licensed insurance agent and scheduled to receive his funeral director's license in the Spring of 2016.  He understood that in the ever changing funeral industry, it is important to plan your funeral with a certified consultant, not just a funeral director.   Kyle’s skill set allows him to create personalized and meaningful services, tributes and life celebrations, and provide expertise on insurance, Medicaid eligibility, cemetery requirements and Veteran benefits questions.  


NFDA’s Certified Preplanning Consultant program, established in 1997, recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to provide ethical and caring advance planning services for all families.  “Those who have earned the CPC designation have achieved a unique career distinction that is highly valued by families that want to plan meaningful funerals in advance,” according to Colleen Murphy Klein, who manages the program. 


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