Michael White brings practical approach to helping families plan ahead
Coleman Funeral Home has welcomed Family Service Consultant Michael White to its team of pre-need advisors. His role includes helping families make funeral arrangements in advance, as a way to save both money and stress in the wake of a death.
“I tend to be very practical when I am helping my clients pre-plan,” said White, who worked in management and retail before beginning his career in funeral care.
“There has to be a plan in place when there is a death,” he said. “Not only does this take pressure off the family, but it also helps families avoid emotionally overspending.”
After the loss of his father, White experienced firsthand how important pre-planning can be.
“My mother had taken care of planning in advance for both her and my father,” he said. “My siblings and I were free from having to deal with difficult decisions. When you have arrangements planned out, you can avoid heightened stress and family conflicts. You know exactly what your loved one wanted for themselves.”
White will be working closely with Tanya Pettit, Coleman Funeral Home’s pre-need sales and cemetery service manager. Pettit saidmany people decide to take care of their own arrangements after experiencing the death of a loved one.
“When no plans have been made, families can experience a lot of unexpected expenses, hard decisions and even conflict — all in the midst of their grief,” she said. “You only have to go through that once to understand why so many people choose to make arrangements in advance. It’s truly the most caring final gift you can make to your family.”
In addition to offering pre-planning services through Coleman Funeral Home, White also helps families make arrangements at the time of death. When he is not at work, White enjoys spending time with his wife, Carol, and their four children. Three of his children are married and the fourth is currently attending the University of Memphis. He is also looking forward to the arrival of his fist grandchild later this year.
Coleman Funeral Home serves DeSoto County families from its custom-built facility next to the YMCA in Olive Branch, and from a branch location in Southaven across from Tanger Outlets. It is currently building a new custom location on Star Landing Road to serve western DeSoto County.
To schedule a pre-need consultation with Coleman Funeral Home or to purchase burial plots in Autumn Woods Memorial Park, contact White at [email protected]or (901) 281-8754.
For a pre-planning guide and a complete list of service packages, visit Coleman Funeral Home online at https://www.colemanfuneralhome.com.