Pre-Need information

Most of us do not like to talk about death, especially the death of someone we love.
When death occurs and the world seems suddenly insecure, it is comforting to know that you can call Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home.... a reassuring link between the generations of your family. If you already know us and our reputation, then we thank you for your confidence in us.
If you do not know us, then a few words of introduction are in order: We are professional, family-oriented funeral directors who care for your special person with sensitivity and respect. This is especially evident in the kindness and understanding of our experienced directors. At Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, we provide families with the best possible care and guidance. We are always attentive to your wishes and the choices that are important to you.
Quite simply, we're people you can depend on

Can I Prepay My Funeral?

We are a member of New Jersey Prepaid Funeral Trust Fund, Choices. The other method that is used by the Funeral Home is a certificate of deposit at Columbia Bank, Fair Lawn, NJ.
Please note that we are no longer accept Assignment of Insurance Polices. Please contact us to arrange to meet with one of our directors if this has been something you are considering.

What if Death Takes Place In A Distant City Or Country?

Call the Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home directly anytime day or night and we will make all necessary arrangements. We have affiliates in all states and most foreign countries that perform services for a pre-negotiated fixed fee. This procedure serves to reduce the risks of unpleasant and costly errors.

What Services Does Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home Offer?

The Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home offers a broad list of services tailored to meet the needs of the community:

  • Traditional Funerals
  • Memorial Services
  • Military Services
  • Burials
  • Cremations
  • Entombment's
  • Pre-planned and Pre-financed Funerals
  • Disinterments
  • International and Domestic Shipment
We offer expertise in most religious faiths and a willingness to learn about less familiar ones.

How Does Pre-Planning A Funeral Help Survivors?

Of all the ways to express concern for your loved ones, one involves funeral planning before the need arises. It serves to lift a heavy burden from survivors and gives you peace of mind, knowing that everything will be handled according to your wishes.

What is a Funeral Agent?


A funeral agent is an individual named by the deceased in his or her will as the person in charge of making funeral arrangements. The rights of the funeral agent supersede the right of all others, including the spouse and other relatives such as children and parents.

Executors of estates, friends, clergy members, social workers, a specific relative and others can be named funeral agents. Funeral directors, however, should never be named funeral agents.

After the death and before the will is probated, the executor will inform the funeral agent that they are in charge of the funeral and let them know how much money is available to spend on arrangements.

Who Needs a Funeral Agent?

If you think your relatives will not honor your funeral wishes or prearrangements, or if you are on bad terms with relatives, do not know where they are or do not have any relatives living, you should appoint someone you trust as your funeral agent.

The funeral agent option is the legal way for you appoint a specific person to arrange your funeral.

Appointing a funeral agent is good way to ensure that you get the funeral you want.

How to Appoint a Funeral Agent
In order to appoint someone as your funeral agent, you will need to visit an attorney. Inform the attorney you want to name a funeral agent in your will according to N.J.S.A. 45:27-22. The attorney will need to either draw up a new will or amend your existing will to include language similar to this:

Appointment of Funeral and Disposition Representative
“I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint [insert name] to serve as my Funeral and Disposition Representative, pursuant to P.L. 2003, c. 261. My Representative shall have the authority and power to control the arrangements for my funeral and the disposition of my remains. My Executor shall notify my Representative of this appointment, and shall advise my Representative of the financial means available to carry out the Funeral and Disposition arrangements. In the event [insert name] should predecease me or for some other reason not qualify to serve as my Funeral and Disposition Representative, then I nominate, constitute and appoint [insert name of alternate] as my Funeral and Disposition Representative.”

* Note: New Jersey ’s Civil Union Law took effect on February 19, 2007. The law mandates that civil union couples must receive the same benefits and protections and be subject to the same responsibilities as spouses in a marriage, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, public policy, common law, or any other source of law. Therefore, the New Jersey Civil Union Law extends the right to control disposition to civil union partners in exactly the same way as it extends this right to spouses.