Ratterman Brothers Funeral Homes Says Lack of Planning for a Funeral Before Death Leaves Families Burdened

When Ratterman Brothers Funeral Homes — a family-run business serving the Louisville, Kentucky community for nearly 150 years — recently conducted a free, open seminar for Louisville seniors on the need to pre-arrange funeral services for themselves or a loved one, Carl and George Ratterman were shocked to find how many people were woefully unprepared for the inevitable. 

“The turmoil and financial ruin visited on families from an unexpected death and the lack of planning is heartbreaking and unnecessary,” said Carl Ratterman. “This lack of planning is what can put a family in a painful position if something unexpected happens.” 

According to Agingcare.com, less than 30 percent of the population has a living will and even fewer have some kind of pre-arranged or pre-planned funeral service. 70 percent of Americans say they want to minimize the burden, financial or emotional, of their death for their loved ones but only 24 percent have done anything about it. 

“The loss of a loved one can be devastating to a family, especially if it is unexpected. If the deceased does not have the foresight to plan ahead, they will have left their family with hundreds of decisions to make without any guidance as to what the deceased would have wanted.”

Carl Ratterman, Owner 

Ratterman Brothers have a pre-planning form which is easy to use and will put some perspective on how many decisions need to be made for funeral arrangements. Making these decisions now without the stress and emotion related to preparing for a funeral can save loved ones thousands of dollars and the emotional strain of trying to figure out how to pay for the services and what they would have wanted. 

A conversation about death can be uncomfortable but should be discussed just like planning for retirement. Every adult should take a few minutes to think about the situation and make plans. Families can prevent the added pain of having to deal with burdensome will and funeral arrangements by planning ahead. 

“The loss of a loved one can be devastating to a family, especially if it is unexpected. If the deceased does not have the foresight to plan ahead, they will have left their family with hundreds of decisions to make without any guidance as to what the deceased would have wanted,” said George Ratterman. 

For more information on Ratterman Brothers Funeral Homes, visit www.rattermanbrothers.com. To fill out a pre-planning form online, go to http://www.rattermanbrothers.com/plan-ahead. The Ratterman family has two funeral home locations to serve the Louisville community: 

Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home St Matthews
3711 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40207
Telephone: (502) 893-3644
Fax: (502) 893-8766
Email: admin@rattermans.com
Website: http://rattermanbrothers.com
Driving Directions: Click Here

 

Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home – East Louisville
12900 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40243
Telephone: (502) 244-3305
Fax: (502) 244-8767
Email: admin@rattermans.com
Website: http://www.rattermanbrothers.com
Driving Directions: Click Here

 

Contact information for Ratterman Brothers Funeral Homes:
Carl or George Ratterman
502-893-3644
admin@rattermans.com

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