By Amanda Hatfield
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- There are two things that are promised to every one: we are born and, one day, we will pass away.
Although the chapters of life are different for each person, planning ahead for one's final moments and what's to come after certainly relieves those who are left behind.
National Cremation Society, the largest cremation-only company nationwide, has proudly helped Americans plan for the inevitable for 40 years.
"Pre-planning is important due to the fact that we plan for many events in our lives, such as our education, careers, families and retirement," said Mitch Wittenberg, vice president of sales operations for NCS nationwide. "Pre-planning for our end-of-life care is an essential part of planning."
By pre-planning through NCS, people remove the burden from the loved ones who are left behind.
"This relieves the financial hardship, along with helping the family with emotional decisions that need to be made," Mr. Wittenberg added.
NCS hosts informational seminars statewide for all to attend. These seminars share crucial information about planning for end-of-life expenses.
"We do not sell anything at the seminars," Mr. Wittenberg said. "We simply meet with our customers on a one-on-one basis to discuss their personal needs and wishes."
NCS offers peace-of-mind to its customers and their families in one of the most difficult times of life through its complete coverage plans.
"All costs are covered and locked in for the remainder of your life. This protects you from inflation, as prices of arrangements continue to increase," Mr. Wittenberg said. "A large amount of your money is placed into a trust protected by the State of Florida Department of Financial Services and remains there until the event occurs where your wishes will be carried out."
A major advantage of pre-planning for end-of-life events with NCS is that you are able to make these decisions with your loved ones.
"They are not alone in this process," Mr. Wittenberg said. "I've been with multiple families at the time of need when there has not been a plan in place. By planning with NCS, you help your family avoid making difficult decisions in a highly emotional time and emotional overspending."
Established in 1973, NCS, which is owned by Service Corporation International, prides itself on a superior accredited Better Business Bureau rating and top-of-the-line customer service.
"Our longevity speaks for itself, and we've set the standards for the rest of the industry," Mr. Wittenberg said. "This assures you and your loved ones that when this event happens, you are in the best care, with a company that will be there when you need us the most."
NCS also offers relocation and travel plans, which ensures your final wishes will be carried out regardless of where you are.
"Today, more than 70 percent of adults are choosing cremation over traditional funeral services, not only because it is more affordable, cleaner and greener, but because it is more portable," Mr. Wittenberg said. "We are a society that keeps on the move and are no longer a society that stays in one area of a country."
Savings and peace-of-mind are not things that typically come to mind when end-of-life events are discussed; however, they certainly are at the forefront of the minds of those who have worked with NCS.
"Families always say 'Thank you,' and 'Pre-planning is one of the nicest things our loved one could ever do for us,'" Mr. Wittenberg said. "Pre-planning carries out your wishes and keeps your loved ones close long after you've gone."
For more information about National Cremation Society visit www.nationalcremation.com or email Ron Skitowski, NCS regional manager of sales-Florida East Coast, at firstname.lastname@example.org.