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Why Plan Ahead

Why Plan Ahead

There are several advantages of advanced funeral planning. We plan for many things in our life such as our career, marriage, children, vacation, higher education, retirement etc. Preplanning services with Collins Funeral Home ensures that you are entrusting a Family Owned and Operated full-service funeral establishment, who has served the greater Washington Metropolitan Area since 1939. Our mission is to serve our community with kindness, compassion, fair prices and quality service.

Make it Simple

You may fill out our online planning form then make an appointment to meet with one of our funeral directors to put your advanced plan in place. If you prefer a phone conversation you can start the preplanning process by calling us at (301) 593-9500. Anyone can create a funeral plan at any time, and you can make modifications over time as you wish. And although prepayment plans are available, there is no obligation to prepay.



Make Decisions to Suit You

Advanced funeral planning lets you create your own unique funeral or memorial service based on your wishes choosing options that reflect your faith, your personality, and your life. Including your family in the planning process can help them appreciate that you have made thoughtful decisions for your arrangements that reflect your wishes.



Relieve Your Family from Added Stress

Over the decades of helping families through this most sensitive time, we often hear that one of the greatest gifts they received was that their loved one planned their own funeral. Advanced Planning can relieve your family from having to make difficult choices while they are grieving, allowing your family to focus on remembering you and your life.



PrePay to Ease Financial Burden

There are a variety of pre-payment options with potential payment terms up to 120 months depending on age and health. Pre-payment can save you and your family from added expenses with our price-guarantee for services and merchandise. We offer a tax-exempt death benefit insurance policy to fund each pre-arranged funeral. Should you prefer, we offer funeral pre-funding through a taxable trust set up with a FDIC insured bank. One benefit to prepaying a funeral is to shelter assets from Medicaid -- funds set aside in an irrevocable trust are excluded from net assets when eligibility to receive Medicaid benefits is determined.



What If I Move?

Your plan is secure with us and completely transferrable to another funeral home should you move to another state.



Where do I Begin?

First, look through our preplanning checklist to help you start to consider your options and gather the necessary informaton. You may find our complete pricing information and then begin to preplan online using our online planning form or simply call us (301) 593-9500 to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our professional funeral directors to discuss options and make a thoughtful plan.



Parking Announcement:
We are pleased to offer our families and visitors complimentary valet parking.
Please take advantage of this free amenity and refrain from parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets.



Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
Phone: (301) 593-9500 | Fax: (301) 593-6551
500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD 20901


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