Plan Ahead

Most of us are not prepared to deal with the problems, grief, indecisions and costs of a loved
one’s death. Making decisions about memorial property or cremation in advance helps protect
your family from having to make these decisions when their lives are complicated by grief.
Advantages of pre-planning include:

  • Puts you in control of decisions
  • You can make choices together with your spouse and family
  • Purchase at today’s prices

At Riverview Cemetery we offer families the opportunity to pre-pay for cemetery services and
merchandise. These services include pre-paying for cemetery property, interment/inurnment fees,
markers, monuments, final date engraving, cremation niches and urns. Pre-paid funds for each
individual are set up in an irrevocable contract. This service ensures you the type of burial you
wish and eases the financial burden on family members, while reducing the number of decisions
they must make at the time of bereavement. Office personnel are available to discuss this
program with you.

Please call us at (651) 457-1109 or send an email if you would like to discuss your options.


Where to Start

It can be hard to know where to start when planning ahead. To help, we have compiled some
information for you to consider.

  • Choosing a cemetery for a memorial
  • Planning the funeral
  • Understanding your rights under Minnesota law
  • Creating a will, trust and/or health care directive
  • Keeping your personal financial records in a safe place

Choosing cemetery property
To help you prepare for a conversation about your options, think about the following questions:

  • Do you want traditional in-ground interment (burial), above-ground inurnment (cremation)
    in a columbarium?
  • If choosing cremation, do you want a place to be remembered where family can visit?
  • Do you want to be near other family members?
  • Are you interested in an upright monument or an in-ground marker?
  • If choosing cremation, where will the body be cremated? (You have options.)
  • What is your budget?
  • Who should contact the cemetery at the time of death?

Planning a funeral
You may want to consider choosing a funeral director to help you with funeral planning. Funeral
directors have experience in all areas of funeral planning, including arranging ceremonies,
providing caskets, placing obituaries and so forth.

If you would like to do some of your own research, there are many funeral planning articles and
guides from different sources online. Try Funeral Planning 101.

Creating a will, trust and/or health care directive
Consult with your lawyer or estate planner to develop these official documents.

Keeping personal records
It’s a good idea to gather and keep important information about your finances in a safe place
for your family. You’ll want to consider the following: creating a will, knowing which documents
to store, writing down a personal history about you and your spouse, veterans’ benefits,
Social Security benefits, financial/insurance information, and contact information for children
and professional advisors.