Why Plan Ahead?

It's Easy

You can take your time creating arrangements that best suit your needs and preferences, and all you have to do is meet with a member of our staff to put your plan in place. Anyone can create a plan, at any stage in their life, and you can make changes at a later date if you wish.

It Lets You Decide

Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to make sure that your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. No matter how you decide to be memorialized, pre-planning and preparation gives you control over the personal decisions that must be made when a person moves on from this life. Planning can be meaningful for your family, as well, if you choose to include them in the process. It can help them feel connected to you both in life and in death, knowing that your arrangements reflect exactly how you envisioned them.


It Relieves Your Family’s Responsibility

When a loved one passes, the family faces an overwhelming number of tasks and decisions, all while struggling through grief and a range of difficult emotions. By taking care of your arrangements before the time of need, you’re relieving them of that burden and giving them more time and energy to focus on healing and remembrance. They won’t have to ask themselves, “Am I making the right choices?” and can instead focus on what matters: saying goodbye and celebrating your life with those who cared about you most.


You Can Pre-pay if You Wish

While pre-funding final expenses is not required, pre planning means that your funds have been set aside and will grow to offset the increases of cost caused by inflation.Your family won’t have to worry about payment, and will have the peace of mind knowing that everything has been taken care of. We’d be happy to provide you with more information and help you arrange for pre-funding of your services.


What if I Move?

Once you create your pre-planned arrangements with us, we store it in our files as a record of your final wishes and decisions. Your plan is easily transferable to any funeral home in the United States, so it can be used wherever you might choose to relocate. No matter where you live at the time of your passing, or which funeral home’s services you decide to use, we’ll make sure that your plan follows you there.


Where Do I Start?

The first step is to review our Pre-Planning Checklist to help you consider all your possibilities and gather all the information you’ll need. Then, you can use our Pre-Planning Form to begin creating your personalized arrangements. You also can contact us to schedule a time to meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and design your plan in person.

Kern Funeral Home, 1122 South Third Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-2153
Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 East Fir Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-6845


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