PreArranging & Advanced Planning

After the loss of a loved one, surviving family members are often unsure how to approach creating a fitting memorial. Because they are also grieving, the choices they need to make surrounding a family member’s passing can, understandably, feel overwhelming.

At Hudson Valley Memorial Group, we are honored to help families with these important choices each and every day. Over many years, our team has helped hundreds of local families navigate the process successfully.

We recommend prearrangement of your memorial, an intelligent and considerate solution that ultimately benefits everyone.

When your wishes are already spelled out, your family can reduce the number of delicate decisions necessary and instead take the time they need to grieve your loss. In addition, they can rest assured that you will receive the memorial you specifically chose. This frees them to focus on a life well-lived and reflect on its joys rather than being consumed by practical matters.

Preplanning is also very helpful for you. It allows you to consider your exact wishes for your memorial with ample time to understand what is possible and to choose carefully.
Considering your memorial early also allows you to create a smart funding plan that can be paid in increments. In addition, preplanning brings tremendous peace of mind because you can rest assured that your family will be minimally impacted, and your wishes will be honored to the letter.

While pre-planning one’s own final arrangements may at first seem unnerving, it actually allows you more freedom and helps your family cope. By exploring your own end-of-life options before the need arises, you can make choices for your memorial with the help of our helpful and compassionate staff.

At Hudson Valley Memorial Group, we are familiar with the best ways to plan your memorial and are ready to assist you. We can talk you through cemetery options as well as memorial ideas and based on our conversations, discover the right options for your eternal rest.

Often, preplanning ends up being one of the most precious gifts you can give your family — and yourself.


Benefits of Preplanning


Family Bonding

At the time of loss, family members who have not considered pre-planning spend a great deal of time and energy making decisions and finalizing practical arrangements. Creating a plan for your affairs can minimize questions for your family members. With your wishes in place, your family can spend more time comforting and supporting one another when they need each other’s love the most.

Eliminates Uncertainty

You may have very particular wishes such as the location you would like to be interred, or the inscription on the monument. Perhaps you prefer to be buried above ground in a mausoleum or cremated and buried with a traditional monument. When you make decisions in advance with the help of Hudson Valley Memorial Group, family members do not need to wonder what you may have wanted, they can simply consult your specific wishes.

Decisions to Stand the Test of Time

Making important end-of-life decisions beforehand ensures that the choices are based on planned preferences, and are not subject to time pressure or intense emotion. When your final tribute has been explored and discussed in advance, it remains relevant in perpetuity because you took the time to decide on what is right for you.

Peace of Mind

Decisions such as whether you’d like to be cremated or buried with a particular monument design are important to consider. Maybe you would like to have your cremated remains buried or treated another way — details like this matter a great deal. Knowing that your loved ones won’t have to face them alone can be greatly comforting to everyone. Your family can simply provide the memorial you requested when the time comes, which allows you to focus more on today.

Specific Design Choices

When you pre-plan for your memorial, you can make decisions about stone type, color and preferred design elements for yourself. You may choose from options like custom imagery or even a companion style to be shared with your spouse. With the help of our knowledgeable staff, you can peruse the range of styles available and make choices that result in a custom memorial that speaks to your life and your preferences.

See It Now

Hudson Valley Memorial Group’s proprietary process, which includes 3-D imaging technology, allows us to show you how your marker will look before it is created in stone. Our staff uses these remarkably accurate images to work with you to alter the design until it is just as you wish. Then, if you choose, we can continue with the process and complete your stone monument. In fact, if you would like to see the memorial being made in real time, we can arrange for that. Each of these choices completes another detail, easing arrangements for your family later.

Financial Considerations

Being aware of costs at the outset ensures that you and your family can plan your end-of-life expenses early without being surprised financially. When you and your family are aware of the exact wishes in your estate plan, you are better equipped to make the right decisions and receive the best value possible.

Payment in Advance

Some families choose to pre-pay incrementally toward the memorial, which can help offset inflation. Others pre-allocate a lump sum to complete the design. Funds can also be set up with specific direction that they only be used for end-of-life expenses. Consult your accountant, financial planner or estate planning professional for specifics on the details — they may be able to provide information on fiscal benefits for insurance or funeral trust funds that can be set up as Medicaid exempt assets.


US Armed Forces members may take advantage of government-issued veterans’ memorials, often furnished at no charge. Read more about the United States government’s requirements here.

If you decide you’d like to pre-plan the details of your monument, the caring staff at Hudson Valley Memorial Group will be honored to assist you and your family. We look forward to explaining the options and working together to create a fitting tribute.

To learn more about how to approach end-of-life topics, please read more at Talk of a Lifetime, where you will find helpful tips for conversations about the things that matter most to a family member’s legacy.