The Greatest Gift of All: Preplanning

Established in 1863, Woodlawn proudly serves our New York neighbors with a peaceful cemetery and distinguished crematory. Yet we still come across many people who hear the word preplanning in regard to funerals and aren’t exactly sure what it entails. If you fall into this category, don’t worry! This holiday season, we’re here to help you better understand what a gift planning end-of-life arrangements ahead of time is for you and your family

Benefits of Preplanning

Financial and stress relief for family members

This may be the number one reason people choose to preplan and for good reason. Planning a funeral after a loved one has died is difficult, both in a financial and emotional sense. Preplanning allows you to arrange all of the details involving your own memorial service. It also lets you set a budget and prepay for your funeral services. Preplanning alleviates the stress around planning a funeral so you and your family members can be at ease about your end-of-life plans.

Your own peace of mind

After preplanning their funeral, our neighbors often tell us they feel a huge sense of relief knowing that arrangements have been made, and this information is saved with us for whenever their family needs to access it.

Locking in today’s funeral rates

When you preplan, you may have the option to prepay toward the overall cost of your funeral service according to today’s rates. In the long run, the simple act of preplanning might end up saving you a substantial amount of money. After preplanning, you’ll no longer need to wonder or worry about how much your funeral will cost you or your family.

Preplanning Tours

If you’d feel more comfortable receiving further details on this topic in a group setting, join us for one of our monthly preplanning tours. Our Woodlawn Trolley transports a small group around our 400-acre grounds, during which our guide explains planning for a burial and cremation at both the funeral home and the cemetery. This tour is a great opportunity to ask any unanswered preplanning questions you may have!

We know preplanning is an intimidating step to take. It’s not easy to make detailed decisions around your own funeral. Our compassionate team is ready to address any concerns you have around preplanning.

This holiday season, consider giving yourself the gift of preplanning. Reach out to our friendly staff from Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 set up an appointment to begin this important process. Call (718) 920-0500 or email anytime at