Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle

ADVANCE PLANNING

Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle

Frequently Asked Questions

Arranging your own burial or cremation plan is one of the wisest things that you can do to put your affairs and estate in order. Pre-arranging allows you to set your wishes on paper and fund them in advance so that your next-of-kin are not burdened by the question, “What would they have liked?”

 

Two terms that are often confused are “Pre-planning” and “Pre-arranging.” Pre-planning is the first step to making sure that your final arrangements are in order and that your loved ones are not crushed with difficult decisions at the worst time. Pre-planning is simply putting a pen to paper and telling your loved ones – “I want/don’t want a memorial service. I do/don’t want a visitation. I want burial/cremation…” Whatever your choices are.

 

The effects of inflation can also be avoided through prearrangement. Funeral services will likely cost more in a few years than they do today. By prearranging services now, you escape these rising costs. Our plan is designed to keep pace with the rising cost of funerals, regardless of future price increases and regardless of how long you live. Beneficial to all, this can be especially helpful for people living on fixed incomes.

 

By pre-arranging now, the questions “What would they have wanted and how will we pay for it?” don’t come up – you told them and you took care of it. While we will always be happy to provide pricing for you, we always welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and assist in the planning process. Just looking at a price list can be confusing and what we want to do is help you through the process. Our advisors are trained to show you all of your options, without pressure or judgment, so that you and your family find fitting services that give you peace of mind.

 

How much does it cost to pre-arrange?

Unfortunately this can’t be answered accurately until you choose your services and merchandise. There is no finance charge or fee for pre-arranging, just the cost of what you select. A funeral plan can cost $1500 or $15,000 – it all depends on your wishes.

 

What are the hidden fees?

None! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) governs the funeral profession.

 

Is embalming required by law?

No, it is not. At Bleitz Funeral, we require embalming for a viewing or visitation for health reasons. In some specific circumstances this can be waived for religious purposes but proper precautions must be taken for everyone to be safe. Many mausoleums will require embalming for entombment and airlines and trains often require it. Our advisors will help you with your specific needs when you make your pre-arrangements.

 

Is an “alternative container” required by law for cremation?

As you research your pre-arrangements options, you will find that there are not many things “required by law;” however, our crematory does require that a “rigid combustible container” be used for the cremation process for the purposes of safety and dignity. The advisors at Bleitz Funeral can provide more information about the appropriate container during your meeting.

 

Do you own your crematory?

We are very proud to staff our own crematory so that we can provide the highest standard of service and peace of mind. Our crematory operators undergo rigorous training and testing to ensure that our families can rest assured that their loved ones are tended to with meticulous attention to detail, care, and compassion.

 

What happens to my money when I pre-arrange? I heard that people lose their money and arrangements.

Washington State wisely decided many years ago that funeral homes could not accept money for pre-arranged funeral. This was because, as with any business, some funeral homes didn’t make it and the money was lost to financial woes. To this end, we fund our pre-arrangements through insurance policies underwritten by American Memorial Life – a wholly owned subsidiary of Assurant Solutions.

 

Can I design my own service to reflect my personal choices? For example, a Viking Burial, Burial at Sea, and so on.

This request comes up often. As with any custom service, we will work hard to overcome challenges with permitting to provide you and your loved ones with the memorial or funeral service you desire.

 

How long does it take to pre-arrange?

One to three hours is usually what it takes. Depending on how detailed you want to get, your advisor will work to create the pre-arrangements that puts your mind at ease. Sometimes just discussing options takes much of the fear, stress, and worry out of the process.

 

What happens if Bleitz Funeral closes?

We have been in continual operation for over one hundred years. Your arrangements are held with a third party that will fund your funeral whether Bleitz Funeral is here or not. We are a member of a nationwide network of funeral homes that will ensure that you and your family will be taken care of with the same high standards.

 

My loved one is dying. Can I make the arrangements now?

Please call us and we will help you determine the best option for you and your family.

 

Do I have to come into the funeral home?

Not necessarily. One of our advisors would be happy to meet you at any location you are comfortable – your home, a coffee shop, or a restaurant. You are welcome to visit us at our convenient Fremont location as we love having people come in to see us, and we always recommend that you go to the funeral home in which you wish to pre-arrange. Please come in, take a tour of our facility and meet our friendly staff or call us and we will come to you.

 

Can I pay over time?

Absolutely. Families that do not pre-arrange find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of having to pay for the entire funeral at the time of loss. By pre-arranging, you can pay over time with affordable payments that fit your financial abilities. Because the funeral is funded with insurance, you pay premiums, not heavy interest payments. In fact, there are no fees, interest, or extra charges to pay. Speak with one of our advisors to find out what practical options fit your needs and finances today.