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What is the purpose of planning ahead?


Planning ahead and getting organized can be beneficial for you or for someone dear to you. It is empowering to understand the choices available for how you will be remembered, mourned, celebrated and cared for after your death. 

During our lives, we plan for many situations including higher education, starting a family, vacations, big ticket purchases, weddings and retirement. We purchase insurance for situations that might happen like accidents, earthquakes, fire, floods, and theft. We save up. It’s funny how we typically don’t plan ahead when it comes to our end-of-life care, rituals and ceremonies.

Death, however, is a certainty, yet many of us fail to plan. Perhaps we neglect to plan in this realm because to do so means facing our own mortality. At KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony, our day-to-day experience with families continually illustrates the practical and emotional benefits of planning ahead for one’s end of days.

Thoughtful end-of-life planning begins with reflecting on who you are and what matters to you.

Getting Started


We recommend using our6 Step Guide to Pre-Planningand the Deathcare Choices Worksheetto help you explore your choices.

Talk to a death care professional. Our KORU staff can meet you in the comfort of your home, in our gathering room, or in your favourite cafe, for a 45 minute free consultation. It will be your choice to continue working with us. 

We value the courage it takes for people to want to start these difficult conversations and in turn we always approach our first interactions as an opportunity to provide information and learn more about your values and needs. We will never pressure you to purchase a plan in advance. 

Do you still have questions?

If you are unsure if you are ready to preplan or even prepay your end-of-life arrangements, or you still have lingering questions, book a 30-minute commitment-free call with us to get the answers you need and gain valuable guidance on navigating the path ahead.

Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing support and ensuring that you feel informed and confident in your choices. We are here to help. 

The benefits of planning ahead:

  • Make rational and logical decisions when the situation isn’t emotionally charged, saving your family the burden of doing it at a time when they’re being faced with the reality of your death.
  • The peace of mind knowing that you’ve expressed your wishes according to your life values, spiritual beliefs and budget.
  • Making space to have thoughtful conversations with the important people in your life and also with experienced death care professionals.
  • If you pay in advance now, you will not have pay the inflated prices of the same services in the future.

Potential concerns with planning ahead:

  • What if I move away? The funds can be used by any funeral provider in Canada, we can help you with this process. There is no transfer penalty
  • What if KORU closes down? We aren’t planning on it! But if we do, all plans would be transferred to a values-aligned provider, with plenty of written and verbal notice to any affected families
  • How much will it cost? When you plan ahead, you pay for services at today’s prices. You can choose to pay in a lump sum, or over time using a payment plan