Grandpa, what am I supposed to remember?

 Pre-planning with Burns Garfield Funeral Home

In the movie “Memorial Day” young Kyle Vogle confronts his taciturn grandfather with this question as he seeks to deepen his relationship and satisfy his curiosity about a mysterious trunk he found in the barn. The end result: his grandfather relents and we learn his story. In the movie, it turns out (unbeknownst to his family and friends) that he is a war hero. The telling of the hidden story…the expression of his life…also leads to the healing of Grandpa’s relationship with his son, Kyle’s father.

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “No one dies so poor that he leaves nothing behind.” That wisdom is often discounted as people reflect on their lives and fail to recognize the subtle but deep impact they have had. Every life has a story. Too often that story remains untold because no one took the time to draw it out. Perhaps, to us, it is unimportant. But it is of vital importance to those who love us…whose lives we have impacted. They want to know what to remember.

We invite you to take a journey of discovery. It may be a journey about yourself. Or, it could be a journey about someone you care about. Perhaps you have been asked to deliver a eulogy. Maybe you are wondering how you will be eulogized…or, more important, how you can influence how you are remembered.

Memories are the treasures that our families and friends are left with when we pass away.  How will your memories be shared? Will you be the final author? When we pre-plan our funeral services, we are able to choose exactly how we want to be remembered. We can be at peace in knowing that the final details are taken care of and our family and friends can begin healing instead of worrying about making arrangements.

Planning Ahead Offers You & Your Family Many Benefits

To assist you with this important task, we have developed several burial and cremation plans that are convenient, easy to understand, and sensibly priced. We encourage you to come in and meet with one of our professional staff to begin making arrangements.

Planning your funeral arrangements in advance can offer you and your family a number of benefits:

 

Emotional Benefits

  • More Time to Consider Your Options – You and your family will have time to research your options and make well-informed decisions, without feeling rushed
  • A Sense of Accomplishment – You’ll feel good knowing that these arrangements have been taken care of
  • Fewer Family Concerns - Your surviving family members will have less to worry about in the event of your death

Financial Benefits

  • The Pre-payment Option – When you pre-pay, you can lock in today’s prices. Our funeral director will explain each payment method and investment option available, and will help you make a decision that best suits you and your family
  • Your Family Keeps More – When you pre-pay, your estate will owe nothing on funeral expenses. More of your assets and life insurance proceeds will go directly to your family
  • Save the Amount You Need – Once you gain an understanding of all the costs involved, you can earmark a portion of your savings to cover those costs
  • Fewer Last-minute Expenses – When you plan in advance, your family is less likely to incur additional expenses at the time of the funeral.

Pre-Arrangement Forms

If you'd prefer, a printer-friendly version of this form is also available for you to download and fill out manually.

Mail completed forms to the following address:

Burns Garfield Funeral Home, Inc.
3175 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13224

Please call with any questions: 315-446-2466

 

Online Pre-Arrangement Form

Please take a few moements to complete our Online Pre-arrangement Form below.  Once the information is submitted, a Burns Garfield Funeral Home, Inc. representative will review and file it and will be in touch with you to further discuss the details of your arrangements.

 
 
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