Today, we would like to tell you about Terri Cooperrider. Terri works at our Paola funeral home. She is a kind and compassionate person who works closely with the families we serve and with our funeral directors. In the planning of funerals, details are of utmost importance. Terri is detail oriented and has great organizational skills that are so important when you consider only a limited amount of time is available to plan a funeral service.
Family is very important to Terri. When living in Olathe, Terri’s entire extended family lived on the same family acreage. When they moved to Paola, they all moved and recreated that same sense of extended family.
Terri and her husband Carl, whom she met while they were at Pittsburg State, have two daughters and six grandchildren. Terri likes to travel, read, knit, canoe and swim. Of course, activities with her six grandchildren take priority.
QUESTION: I would like to arrange my funeral in advance. Shall I just do it or talk to my family before making any decisions?
ANSWER: It is entirely up to you, but many people tell us that a family discussion helps ensure that everyone is comfortable with the arrangements being made. Hard feelings can be avoided if the spouse and all the children are included in the discussions especially in this day and age when there are many blended families.
QUESTION: Is planning and paying for my funeral in advance expensive?
ANSWER: No. It doesn’t cost more to pay for your funeral in advance. The cost depends upon what you choose. Many people use an irrevocable insurance vehicle to fund their funerals in advance. The money can only be used for end of life expenses. The advantage is that you choose what you want and how much you want to spend and save your family the worry of how to pay for your funeral.
Today, we would like to tell you about Cindy Hauer, administrative assistant and assistant funeral director. She has worked at the Louisburg Chapel since November 1986, over 30 years. She is one of those people a business cannot get along without. We are grateful she is sticking around to work for us.
She is a familiar face in the Louisburg area; you will see her at almost every funeral and visitation. She takes care of multiple tasks, making sure the funeral ceremony is flawless. She has the perfect personality to work with grieving families. She is compassionate and just a really nice person.
Cindy has lived in Louisburg her whole life. She and her husband, Garry, have two children and five grandchildren whom they love to spoil. In her spare time, she likes to groom her pet. No, it is not a dog or a cat—it is a Clydesdale horse! Imagine that.
QUESTION: What are the advantages of planning for a funeral in advance of need?
ANSWER: We can see a huge difference in families who are starting from scratch making funeral arrangements when a death occurs and those families where the funeral has been pre-planned. One family is stressed with gathering information and hurried decisions. The other family has time to grieve and to console each other.
QUESTION: If I fund my funeral in advance, can I change my mind on the choices I have made?
ANSWER: Yes, anytime you want. You can change your selections as many times as you wish. Keep in mind, when you make changes in the plan, the cost could go up or down, depending upon the changes you make. Circumstances change and you can even change funeral homes if you wish. You can change to our funeral home from another funeral home or from our funeral home to another, either way we will help you do it.
Today, we would like to tell you about Debby Stout. She is the manager and funeral director at our Osawatomie funeral home. Debby has worked in the funeral profession for 25 years so she is certainly professionally qualified. But, more importantly, she has the personality and the imagination to help families create a celebration of life that will be a perfect tribute to their loved one. Families also appreciate her compassionate nature.
She and her husband, Shane, have three daughters and four grandchildren. They live on a small private lake in rural Lane where they enjoy paddle boarding and jet skiing. When not spending time with her family, Debby likes baking, bicycling, cross stitching and working jigsaw puzzles.
Debby is also very involved in the community. She is a member of Lane Methodist Church, an Osawatomie Rotarian, delivers Meals on Wheels, Red Cross volunteer and on the board of directors for Grief Comfort.
QUESTIONS: For years I have been saving my money in a savings account that is set aside for my funeral. Do you think this is a good idea?
ANSWER: It is very thoughtful of you to set aside money for your final expenses. However, you might want to consider funding your funeral through an insurance policy. A savings account could be depleted by health care costs that have gone sky high. If you need to go to a nursing home it doesn’t take long for your life savings to be gone. Even though you have money set aside in an insurance policy for your funeral expenses you can still qualify for government assistance because your funeral insurance is irrevocable, it can’t be spent for anything else except final expenses and that can even include a monument.
If there is even a possibility nursing home care is in your future, now is the time to fund your funeral cost with an irrevocable funeral insurance policy.
Today, we would like to tell you about Chadwick Wilson, the manager of our Paola funeral home. He is certainly qualified; he was the third generation of Wilsons to own the funeral home he now manages. Chad is the grandson of the founder, Roy Wilson and the son of Charles Wilson. Our lives are somewhat similar. I am also the third generation to carry on a family tradition.
When Chad sold Wilson & Son a few years ago, the new owner was smart enough to ask Chad to stay on and manage the funeral home. We also recognize his experience and expertise and we were very pleased when he agreed to continue managing the funeral home when we bought it. Almost everyone in Paola knows Chad and families like having someone they know and trust help them through a difficult time.
Chad and his wife, Jeflena, have a blended family. They have two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren between them.