4 Critical Questions to Ask About Your Prearrangements

Did you know after a death, there are more than 100 details to address? Too many families in Astoria and Greater Queens are tasked with making these important decisions while in a state of shock and grief. This is why we strongly recommend preplanning your own funeral arrangements.

Those who preplan with Farenga Funeral Home and Drago Funeral Home & Cremation Services often tell us they’re surprised by how relieved they feel, knowing their wishes are in writing. They want to know their wishes will be followed and that their loved ones won’t be left behind to guess at what they would have wanted.

Maybe it’s never occurred to you to consider prearranging, or maybe you’ve thought about it, but haven’t taken action. Now, at the beginning of the year, is the perfect time to get started.  Before you choose a funeral home, here are the answers to four questions we hear often about preplanning:

Farenga-Gus Trust“Should I pre-pay as well as preplan?”

With Farenga Funeral Home and Drago Funeral Home & Cremation Services you do not need to pre-pay when you preplan, although that is an option. If you’d like, we can simply save your preferences for the future. Keep in mind, though, that there are advantages to pre-paying, including the peace of mind it gives you and your family that the money has been set aside.

“Can I transfer my preplans to Farenga or Drago?”

This is a question we’ve been receiving a lot recently, as some funeral homes have closed locations in Astoria and the immediately surrounding areas, including Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Funeral Home, Morisco Funeral Home, Stamatiades Funeral Home, David Funeral Home, and Conway Funeral Home in Jackson Heights. The answer is yes, you can definitely transfer your preplans to our funeral home for any reason, and we will gladly honor any existing arrangements made at other funeral homes. And when you transfer, we will honor all the benefits of your original contract. We have plenty of experience working with other funerals homes within and outside of New York.

People transfer for other reasons as well – perhaps they’re new to the Astoria area or maybe they heard about our high quality of service from neighbors and friends. Many choose us because of our expertise helping people who want to be buried in their state or country of origin. No matter which funeral home currently holds your policy, and regardless of your reasons for wanting to transfer, we would be honored to serve your family. Just let us know where you planned, and we will contact them to get all of your information transferred to us.

If cremation is your choice: “Do I trust my cremation provider?”

With cremation, you want to make sure you choose a provider you can trust. Farenga and Drago are proud to offer Astoria families top-quality cremation services at affordable prices. Our owner, Gus Antonopoulos, and his family are integral members of our community, so you can rest assured you will be treated with the utmost respect. We are neighbors after all!

Farenga-Personalization“Have I made sure to personalize my funeral service?”

Our staff encourages every person who is preplanning to arrange a service that is one-of-a-kind and reflects his or her unforgettable personality – and we’ll help with all the details. There are countless ways to add meaning to a funeral, including displaying favorite hobbies on a memory table, playing beloved Catholic hymns, or handing out or Yιαγιά’s favorite baklava recipe as guests leave. Whether burial or cremation is your choice, you can be certain that our staff will make sure your choices for personalization will be carried out precisely.

We hope this information helps you see the many benefits of preplanning. When you choose Farenga Funeral Home or Drago Funeral Home & Cremation Services, we’ll be here to walk you through the process and make it as simple as possible. We’ve been helping families plan meaningful, personalized farewells for generations, and we know how to listen to your needs and wishes, and then help you design a farewell that tells your life story and offers healing to your family.

Be sure to check out our preplanning checklist, which outlines a list of documents we will need from you during the arrangement process. You can reach out to us today to learn more, or begin the process online from the comfort of home.

The most important thing is that you get started! We believe preplanning is one of the most precious gifts you can give your loved ones – and we’re always here to help.