Planning Ahead

We plan everything from vacations to retirements yet most people hesitate when given the chance to design their own final arrangements. Planning ahead can help ease the process of the service at an already difficult time. Arranging the memorial does not have to be a daunting task. More often than not families are put in positions to make difficult choices for the service arrangements for the deceased. By proactively pre-planning your life celebration you solidify your final wishes will be carried out as you wanted as well as alleviate the guess work most families are left to do.

The reasons why people plan ahead are clear. The benefits of advance planning include:


  • Emotional. Planning your funeral arrangements in advance relieves your loved ones of unnecessary concern when their needs are greatest.
  • Allows you to reflect your wishes. Decisions won't be left to someone else's uninformed judgment of what you might have wanted.
  • Puts you in control. Eliminating any potential quarrels between family members.
  • Financial. No one in your family will be thrust into the situation of shouldering the responsibility of unexpected final expenses.


We can provide the guidance and expertise to help you make informed decisions. We offer the finest pre-arrangement services available, so that you and your family can plan and prepare for the future.

Our Advance Planning Program is a simple, safe and secure means of funding your arrangements. Plans can be tailored to suit individual needs. The Fretthold Funeral Home is a member of PrePlan. Preplan is a New York pre-funded program backed by the New York State Funeral Directors Association, that is the nationally-recognized leader in managing prepaid funeral and burial accounts. It currently administers over 50,000 of these consumer trust accounts for the more than 500 funeral homes in New York State that offer its services to consumers.

The talk of a lifetime

It’s hard enough to think about death, so most procrastinate planning for it. Families all over the world find mortality an uncomfortable and taboo topic to discuss. As hard as it may be to talk about death it is a topic that needs to be planned and discussed in a timely fashion we before one's...

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Why should I plan ahead?

Pre-planning your service relieves your family and loved ones from having to make complicated and important choices during a time of tremendous stress and emotional strain. During the passing of a loved one those experiencing grief are not thinking very clearly, making decisions regarding your...

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Online Pre-need Form

Taking the time to plan your service in advance allows you to specify and design a detailed and exact funeral service, giving your loved ones peace of mind and ability to celebrate your life as you intended. Completing the Pre-Planning checklist informs your loved ones how you would like you...

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