1111 S. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002-5803
Howard D. Shenberg, Supv.
101 Medford-Mt. Holly Road
Medford, NJ 08055-2744
Tel: 856 - 665 - 5401
Howard D. Shenberg, Mgr
N.J. Lic. No. 4648
There is a growing trend toward planning funeral services in advance of need, just as the thoughtful person secures life insurance to protect his family. For those who wish this service, our family staff offers their services. Competent, friendly experts will gladly offer advice or explain any information about modern funeral service. This service incurs no obligation and is offered so that you may avoid costly errors in the pre - planning process.
We sincerely hope that you will feel free to consult with us concerning any questions you may have. There is never any cost or obligation to discuss any of these matters.
Arrangements can be made in the comfort of your own home by clicking the button below. Fill in as much information as you are comfortable with and we would be amienable to meet with you to further discuss the details. See the form below for details.
Isn't funeral planning just for older people?
No, we believe enrollment in the pre-planning program is a smart decision for anyone. Younger people often carry ordinary life and health insurance to protect their families in the event something happens, and that's wise. It's equally wise for them to take the next steps to arrange and fund their own funerals. By doing so, they relieve their loved ones of emotional and financial burdens when the need arises and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having all their affairs in order.
May I enroll in a funeral planning program at any funeral home I choose?
The funeral pre-planning program is offered only by some funeral homes. Although the program is available to all funeral homes throughout the United States, not all choose to participate. We offer a funeral-planning program because we feel it helps us serve you and your family in the best possible way.
What will my children think if I make my own funeral arrangements?
Naturally, attitudes vary from one family to another, but most people who have enrolled in our program feel that making their own funeral arrangements is a responsible, loving thing to do. In fact, people tell us that one of the primary reasons they enroll in the program is the peace of mind they have in knowing their children or other loved ones will be relieved of the emotional and financial burdens associated with making arrangements for them when the need arises.
What if I don't know what I want?
One of the advantages of our program is that a trained funeral service professional explains all the services and options available, right down to the smallest detail, before you're asked to make a single decision. During this counseling session, many people discover services and options they never knew existed. With full information, made available in a relaxed, unhurried manner, you'll probably find you're able to get a better sense of your true likes and dislikes. Then making decisions will be easier for you and your informed decisions will be more satisfying.
What if I change my mind?
The pre-planning program offers you 30 days to sign and return your contract with your check. This allows you time to be sure you're comfortable with your decision. Should you wish to change some aspect of your funeral arrangements at a later date you are, of course, free to do so. Our goal is to satisfy the needs and desires of our families, so we're not satisfied until you are.
Should I discuss this with my family before deciding?
Many people find that a family discussion helps to ensure that everyone involved is comfortable with the arrangements being made. Certainly, family members can form a closer bond through discussions of this type. And, often, people are better able to determine what their real feelings and personal preferences are after they've shared this information with loved ones.
What if I move to another town or state?
In a mobile society such as ours, it's common for people to relocate. Our program takes this into consideration by making funeral arrangements fully revocable if this is a consideration. We also belong to a group of funeral homes from all over the country and Canada if death occurs away from home and you need to be brought back home.
Wouldn't I be better off to invest the money myself?
Invested money earns dividends or interest upon which generally income taxes must be paid. And there's no guarantee that the investment would keep pace with the increasing funeral costs. With our funeral-planning program, you have the peace of mind knowing that there will be money to cover our future costs, whenever the need arises. Plus, you have the benefit of knowing all your plans are made so that your loved ones need make only one phone call at the time of death to complete your funeral arrangement.
May I make the arrangements now and delay payment?
Certainly, you may make funeral arrangements at any time and have our funeral home keep your records on file until you determine how you wish to fund the services. Once you decide to proceed you can contact the funeral home and we will re-calculate the costs so that you can send in your payment to complete the arrangements.
Won't my veteran's benefits take care of my funeral costs?
Most likely they will not. Most government programs depend on funding, and the veterans' funeral benefits program can fluctuate based on the availability of these government funds. And, even if the benefits remained the same, they wouldn't keep pace with rising funeral costs. Most veterans who join our program stipulate that the government funeral allowance be sent directly to their survivors to do with as they wish. The important thing to remember is that the survivors must apply to the Veteran's Administration for the funeral allowance. It will not be sent automatically to the survivors. We can help with this process.