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Document Your Final Wishes—Prearrange and Prepay for Your Funeral with Expert, Compassionate, No-Hassle Guidance 

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is available at any time—24 hours a day, seven days a week—to answer your questions about Cleveland preplanning services, or help you plan a funeral or memorial service for a loved one.
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Document Your Final Wishes in Writing Now, Protect Your Family in the Future

Imagine planning a wedding or any other large life celebration in just a few short days. You likely wouldn’t. So why leave the ultimate celebration of your life to the last minute when emotions are already high?

Preplanning your funeral is an act of love for your family. It’s your final gift to them and a way to prevent added stress during an already emotional time. Recording your final wishes prevents disagreements among family that could ultimately damage the healing process and relationships.

Within the first 24 to 48 hours, there are up to 125 decisions to make when planning a funeral. If needed information isn’t readily available, then it can add a lot of stress for family members at an already difficult time.

Our preplanning advisors can explain your options, answer your questions and walk you through the process within one afternoon. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


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Why Prearrange Your Funeral With Busch?

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Peace of Mind

Preplan to give you and your loved ones peace of mind. You can be confident that your final wishes will be met, and your family won’t have to stress over making the right decisions.

By having a plan in place, family members and friends don’t have to worry about every little detail. Instead, they can focus on giving you what you wanted—a proper sendoff. 

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Prepay to Save

Did you know planning final arrangements is one of the most expensive purchases families face in life? While not required, most people who preplan their funeral also pre-fund it.

When you prepay, the services you choose are locked in at today’s rates to save you and your family from rising costs.

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Flexible Transfers

If you or a relative have already prearranged a funeral, you still have the option to transfer it to another funeral home. Under Ohio law, all prearranged plans are 100 percent transferrable at any time.

Our knowledgeable advisors can answer your questions and explain all you need to know about transferring your prearranged funeral plan.

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Expertly Trained Preplanning Advisors 

In our 100 years serving Northeast Ohio, we’ve helped countless families plan their final wishes. We aim to provide every family with care, comfort and service during a difficult time.

When you set up an appointment with us, our expertly trained preplanning advisors will explain your options, answer your questions and walk you through the entire preplanning process.

We invite you to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation now. This is your opportunity to learn how you can provide peace of mind for you and your family.

It's Your Legacy. How Do You Want to be Remembered?

What do you want to be remembered by? It’s a heavy question to consider, but important to your personal legacy—both now and after you pass. After all, we all want to leave something behind for those we love.

As you consider how you want others to remember you, list out those items and share them with your family. Not only is this a bonding experience now, it also will help loved ones honor you in the most personal way after you pass. If you’re not sure where to start, the link below provides some different qualities to consider.


What Others Have Said About Our Preplanning Services

"Even though I have a large family, I was mom's main caregiver, and was the one to do all the decision making. Doing a preplanned funeral arrangements 14 years ago was the best decision I made for myself! It saved me a lot of emotional and financial burden when it was time to use it. I was so relieved to discover how easy it was to change the plans mom requested years ago that she no longer wanted. Well, easy for me, because I had you taking care of all the details. Thank you."

Becky North Royalton, OH

"I preplanned my funeral with the help of Julie Graf Skinner. The entire experience was exceptional. From the moment I walked in the door, Julie guided me with respect and kindness. I never felt pressured or uncomfortable in any way. Julie explained each step throughly and answered all of my questions. I now have peace of mind and my family will not have to make important decisions at a difficult time."


"When I preplanned everything, I was amazed that there was no pressure from Kathleen Bloesinger to try to add or change anything I had asked for. My husband was a humble and simple man and never wanted anything to suggest he was anything different or special."

Marylin North Royalton, OH

Have Questions About Preplanning Your Funeral? We Have Answers.

1. What is preplanning?

Preplanning your funeral or cremation is the process of making final arrangements before you die. Your decisions are documented so that your final wishes will be honored and your funeral will include exactly what you want. Preplanning includes choosing everything from a funeral or cremation, the type of gathering you want, caskets, headstones and urns, personal touches and more. Most preplanning arrangements include pre-funding the funeral or memorial as well.

2. What are the benefits of preplanning?

By preplanning, you protect your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions during one of the worst times of their lives. You also ensure that your final wishes are documented for your family to carry out. Additionally, preplanning locks in current funeral rates so that you are not affected by future price increases. 

In short, your family won’t have to arrange anything so those who matter the most to you can take the time they need to grieve.

3. Can I prepay my funeral?

Most people who preplan their funeral also pre-fund it at the same time. While not required, prepaying offers one of the biggest benefits for your family in that they don’t have to suddenly pay for the funeral when the time comes. 

By prepaying, you lock in today’s prices. This is important because funeral prices rise frequently, even doubling every 12 to 15 years.

4. Can I preplan a cremation?

Absolutely, the preplanning process is the same for both cremation and burial services.

5. Where does the money go when I prepay?

All money must be deposited within 30 days to a bank or insurance company. When you pass, Busch Funeral and Crematory Services receives payment from the insurance company or bank.

6. Can I cancel my preplanning arrangement or make changes?

The prepayment for your funeral can be canceled within 30 days of signing the agreement.

You can make changes to your preplanned funeral arrangements at any time. Simply contact us and set up an appointment.

7. Do I need to have a will to preplan my funeral?

Creating your will is a separate process and is not required for preplanning. However, one of the main reasons people preplan is to take care of their loved ones, so they tend to have their will completed or have plans to do so.

8. How can I guarantee costs won’t rise for my family?

When you preplan, the services you purchase are locked in at today’s rate. This helps ease the burden your family must face when planning a funeral, from both a financial and emotional standpoint.

9. How long does it take to preplan a funeral?

Our preplanning advisors can explain your options, answer all your questions, and walk you through the entire process in one appointment.

10. How do I begin the preplanning process?

Simply set up an appointment with one of our preplanning advisors. 

11. Do I need to preplan if I already have life insurance?

The purpose of life insurance is to take care of your surviving loved ones when you pass. Life insurance policies replace lost income and help to pay off debts and taxes.

If you use life insurance, your family would have to pay for the funeral up front and at the current funeral rates. They would then submit a claim for reimbursement for their payment with the insurance company. Depending on the policy, it may or may not cover the entire cost.

Prepaid funeral policies are specifically used to pay for your funeral. The arrangements are paid so your family won’t have to come up with out-of-pocket costs. Plus, they’ll still have your life insurance to take care additional affairs.

12. What happens to my preplanning policy if I move?

In most cases, your prepaid funeral policy is transferable. If you move, your policy will travel with you. To learn more, visit our transfer your plan page.

13. What happens to my preplanning policy if Busch were to go out of business?

Busch has served families’ funeral service needs in Greater Cleveland for more than 100 years, so we doubt this will ever be an issue. However, if we were to go out of business, your policy is safe and easily transferable to another funeral home.

14. Are preplanning policies with Busch considered irrevocable burial contracts that are allowable under the Medicaid spend down?

Yes, preplanning your funeral with Busch can be set up as an irrevocable burial contract, which is an allowable expense under Ohio Medicaid spend down rules.

15. What happens if a loved one or I pass away before completing payments on a preplanning policy?

If you pass away unexpectedly, in most cases, the insurance would cover any remaining payments.

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Ready to prearrange your funeral or memorial service? Let's get started.

Our preplanning advisors can explain your options, answer your questions and walk you through the process within one afternoon. Fill out the form to schedule a consultation or contact us at any time at 1-800-252-8724.