Joseph Levine & Sons offers pre-planning assistance to help ease the emotional pressure that often accompanies the loss of a loved one.
Thinking about funeral pre-arrangement leaves some people feeling a little uneasy, but more adults are finding that pre-planning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With pre-planning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind to not have to make important decisions at a stressful time. As you consider your options, please note that in most cases fully funding a pre-arranged funeral may make the best sense. However, you may choose to set a plan in paper only, simply recording your wishes, and allowing one’s family to pay for the desired services at the time of a passing.
For additional information regarding pre-planning and pre-payment, please call/email to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs with one of our funeral directors.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the Online Pre-arrangement form. Once the information is submitted, a representative from our funeral home will review and file it and will be in touch with you to further discuss the details of your arrangements.
Q:How do I pay for pre-arranging a funeral? A:You have a choice. You may pay a lump sum at one time or you may choose a plan in which you pay as little as 15 percent down with the balance to be paid within 24 months. There are no finance charges.
Q:What about third party costs? Are they also pre-arranged? A:Yes. You have the right to decide what you want. You establish the price depending on your personal sense of what is desired. The final decision rests with you. Some third party costs may not be guaranteed.
Q:What happens if I die before the funeral is fully pre-paid? A:The amount paid will be credited toward the pre-arranged funeral selected. The unpaid balance will come from your heirs or estate. To be sure, you should specify this stipulation in your will or letter of last intent.
Q:What happens if I die away from home? A:As soon as we’re notified, we will arrange for transportation of your remains so that your wishes will be carried out as soon as possible. Obviously, a variable such as transportation cannot be included in a pre-arrangement and will be billed at cost.
Q:What if Levine’s is not in business when I die? A:Levine’s was founded in 1883 and is one of the few Jewish funeral homes that has passed from father to son for five consecutive generations. We hope to continue this tradition of serving Philadelphia’s community for generations to come. But if not, the trust is held by an independent financial institution and you will receive back whatever you have paid, plus interest. You cannot lose your money.
Q:Should I come alone to make pre-arrangements? A:Just as with other important decisions in life, those dear to you were most likely deeply involved. Therefore, by all means, you and your spouse, closest family member or trusted friend should do this together.
Q:Is this trust regulated by any government body? A:It is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors in compliance with the Future Interment Provision of the Funeral Directors’ Law in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a point of information, most licensed nursing homes in the state now require funeral pre-arrangements for residents covered under its Medicaid benefits program.
Q:Will there be any additional charges at the time of the funeral? A:No, except if your heirs request additional services or merchandise.