Planning Ahead Is More Important Than Ever

Keeping up with personal and professional obligations can be a daunting task sometimes. Between remembering to pay bills, maintaining social connections and meeting deadlines at work, there are often a lot of items on that old ‘to-do’ list that fall by the wayside.

The pandemic has strengthened the notion that planning ahead and being proactive is critical. In a time when going shopping in person can seem like a risky proposition, planning ahead can feel like an effective way to stay safe. But shopping online takes planning; having groceries or a medication delivered does too. Some of our favorite businesses are busier than ever, and the immediate gratification of walking in a store and buying something may not feel like it is worth the risk. 

If nothing else, the pandemic has also taught us that things can change in the blink of an eye, that our grip on life is tenuous at best. Sitting down to pre-plan funeral arrangements, outline a service or pick a burial plot might seem overwhelming or morbid, but the bottom line is, death comes for us all.

Planning for funeral arrangements may be one of the most important tasks on anyone’s to-do list, and with many of us having more time on our hands than ever as a result of the pandemic, now could be the best time to finally cross it off the list. Doing so is an effective means of ensuring your final wishes will be met and your family won’t have to deal with the stress of making important financial decisions during their time of grief. 

The staff here at Coble Funeral and Cremation Services at Greenlawn Memorial Park can help you decide which service is right for you. There are no hard and fast rules pertaining to arranging a funeral, and with advanced planning, everything can be totally up to you. Basically, our focus here is on being as flexible as possible, so that we can adapt our services to the requirements and preferences of our clients.

Generally, the word “funeral” simply refers to a gathering of friends and family, who come together to mourn and pay tribute to someone they have lost. Some may opt for a memorial without a casket. Some may want a visitation or a wake the night before. A funeral can be formal and follow traditions or it can be an informal celebration that focuses uniquely on you and the memories that were made with family and friends…or a combination of both. 

Whether you only want to have one service or several, the plans are basically up to you. One of the aspects of our services that I am particularly proud of is that we allow you to arrange your service in advance without paying for it now. This is something we developed in response to the idea that some may procrastinate with pre-planning because they think there is an added expense involved.

Michael Higgins is Sales Manager for Dignity Memorial®, which cares for more than 300,000 families each year through its network of more than 2,000 providers throughout North America. Learn more at, or call Greenlawn Memorial Park, Oleander Memorial Gardens and Coble Funeral and Cremation Services at Greenlawn Memorial Park, (910) 799-1686.

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