Samuel Teolis, Supervisor | Samuel A. Teolis, Funeral Director


Someday, someone is going to have to plan your funeral.

It will probably be someone you love . . . your spouse, children, or other close family member.
Or could it be a friend, attorney, or business associate.
Or it could be you.

Pre-planning your own funeral is one of the most responsible, caring things you can do. It provides comfort and peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. It is a way to relieve your loved ones of the tremendous burden and responsibility of planning your final services at a time of loss and stress. And it is their assurance, and yours . . . that the final arrangements are exactly what you wanted.

SecurChoice™ is funeral planning before the need arises.

SecurChoice™ is a prearranged funeral program which can be prepaid utilizing a bank trust or insurance policy. It assures you of complete funeral arrangements, so your family won’t have to make all those decisions.

Even the name SecurChoice™ says that arranging a funeral before the need arises is a sensible and responsible plan.

Funeral preplanning will reflect your precise desires, type of services, a casket, a vault, & Yes, you determine the cost.

How does pre-planning work?

Few people are as qualified as a licensed funeral director in assisting you with planning a funeral before the need arises. They are completely versed in such matters as:

  • legal requirements
  • notification of death
  • assisting with funeral arrangements and explaining funeral service alternatives
  • providing information about caskets and other funeral merchandise
  • religious considerations
  • assistance with death-related claims
  • cemetery charges and restrictions
  • and any other related questions you might have

The funeral director you choose is willing to meet with you at the funeral home or in the comfort of your own home to discuss all aspects of funeral pre-planning.

You should ask yourself these three questions today . . .

  1. If death occurred tomorrow, funeral arrangements would be made by:
    1. My wife/husband.
    2. A son or daughter, or possibly more than one of my children.
    3. A friend or a neighbor.
    4. My parents or older relatives.
    5. I’m not sure who would make my final arrangements.
  2. If death occurred tomorrow, I would want my funeral to include:
    1. Earth burial in a cemetery.
    2. Cremation.
    3. A traditional-type funeral service.
    4. Funeral home visitation and viewing.
    5. My pastor, priest, or rabbi would conduct the funeral service.
    6. I’m really not sure at this time.
  3. If death occurred tomorrow, the money necessary to pay for funeral expenses would come from.
    1. A life insurance policy.
    2. My savings account.
    3. My children’s savings account.
    4. My parents’ savings account.
    5. My spouse would have to take out a loan.
    6. I do not know for sure.

Hopefully the issues raised in these questions have provided you with some background information on the value of funeral pre-planning. Regardless of your situation, there is a preplanning or pre-financing program to meet your needs: Feel free to discuss your concerns with your funeral director.



A thoughtful decision today is considered an act of wisdom tomorrow.

Parents – Our Strength Through The Years

Our parents have been our guides through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. They have always been there for us with a shoulder to lean on and a sympathetic ear when life’s everyday struggles seemed overwhelming. Slowly though, we have begun to realize that our parents are aging and will not be with us forever.

Just as our lives have gone through many changes: career, marriage, and perhaps children of our own; we realize that our parents lives have also changed. Perhaps their hair has grayed or their eyesight and hearing are not as good as they once were.

As uncomfortable as it may be, the fact that life will one day end is a reality we must all face. As children we thought our parents were indestructible and were sometimes devastated to discover this was not true. They seemed so strong and sure of everything they did; our strength through the years. Now as we watch them reach the age of retirement, we want what is best for them. We don’t want them to worry what will become of us, their children, in the future when they are gone.

One of the best ways to reduce present and future emotional anxieties associated with planning for the inevitable is for families to help aging parents pre-arrange their funerals.

By sharing together these private thoughts and desires, and making decisions well in advance of need, both you and your aging parents will benefit. And, when the actual need arises, you will have the comfort of knowing that you have acted in accordance with your parents’ wishes.