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Make plans for your loved one's funeral and burial or cremation.

END OF LIFE

What You Should Know

Plan now to make that final transition easier for everyone, especially you. It can be a difficult conversation, or a chance to revisit family memories. Whether your loved one prefers the family plot, cremation, burial at sea, green burial, or something else, learn their wishes.

Having a plan will make the inevitable easier. If your family already has plots at a local cemetery, this can be fairly easy. You can buy a single plot, companion plots, a family plot, or a smaller plot for cremated remains (cremains). Other expenses can include a headstone, outer burial containers, and plot maintenance fees.

Note: Prepayment can be helpful in qualifying for SSI (Supplemental Social Security) in many states. Click the guidance links for more details.

Steps To Take

  • Talk with your loved one about their wishes.
  • Then contact the local cemetery, cremation service, or other provider, as appropriate.
  • Look into your state's laws on pre-payment of burial costs, especially as related to SSI eligibility.
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