Advance Planning


Life Choices. Most of us plan ahead. We plan our weddings, vacations and our retirement. We also purchase home, auto, health and life insurance in case of unexpected events. It only makes sense to plan ahead for our funerals as well.

The Advantages of Planning Ahead

Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and practical decision to make for your family. Whether you prefer a traditional service, contemporary service or cremation service you should put those requests in writing. This will allow you to be remembered in a very specific and special way. Your requests are important to your family members and it will give them peace of mind to know that they have carried out your wishes. In addition, your family members won’t have to speculate about what you may have wanted. They can more clearly focus on the celebration of your life.

Pre-planning allows you to have time to explore your options so that you can make an informed decision without feeling rushed. These plans are flexible so that if you change your mind and want to make revisions you can do so at any time.

There are financial advantages to planning ahead. You have the option to pay for your arrangements in advance. This will allow you to have a guarantee for service and merchandise cost regardless of when the plans are needed. Making these decisions ahead of time also eliminates the possibility of the family overspending at the time of death.

Why Choose Oakey’s

At Oakey’s when you speak with someone about advance planning, you are speaking with an Oakey’s employee who lives and works in the Roanoke Valley. Our licensed staff has ties to the community and understands your needs. We also are able to assist you when you have questions or changes that need to be made.

Oakey’s has been a part of the valley since 1866 and has a solid reputation for providing services with dignity and respect for the deceased and their families. Our experienced and dedicated staff will help you create a meaningful arrangement that is as individual as you are.

How To Get Started

Our staff will be glad to meet with you in your home or you may schedule an appointment at any of our five locations. Together, we’ll determine your specific needs, discuss your service and funding options, and handle the necessary paperwork. We can also assist you in transferring existing prearrangements from another funeral home to Oakey’s. Once completed, we will place the information in a confidential file for you until the time of need.

Lorraine Cunningham
Keith Robinson


For further information regarding planning, please contact Lorraine Cunningham or Keith Robinson, toll-free at 800-638-0710 or locally at (540) 982-2100. Click here if you’d like for us to contact you or if you have questions.



The Cremation Tribute Center allows families to include a reception or ceremony just like with a regular burial.


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