Planning Consultant

Barry Hughes has been with Doherty Funeral Homes since April 1996 as our full time Preplanning Consultant. Since that time he has assisted hundreds of families with preplanning and personalizing their funeral arrangements. He also has gained an excellent knowledge of Medicaid procedures, and has helped many families with this difficult situation.

Barry's Customer Service experience comes from 22 years with Delta Air Lines. Prior to being employed by Delta, he served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Being a veteran gives him a special interest in assisting fellow veterans and their families with V.A. benefits.

A Preplanned Funeral Answers These Two Questions:

  1. "What effect would an unexpected death in addition to an unplanned funeral have on my immediate family?"
  2. "What would be the consequences of continuing to put this off and then running out of time?"

What Is Preplanning?

Preplanning is the recording of your preferences regarding funeral arrangements, securing necessary biographical information, and the selection of appropriate merchandise before death occurs.

Paying for funeral arrangements in advance is optional. You Do Not Have To Prepay To Preplan. If you choose to prepay using one of our affordable payment options, you can help alleviate some of the financial responsibility placed on your immediate family.

Preplanning A Funeral Service

People who preplan their funeral arrangements give their families the greatest gift of all - Peace Of Mind. We strongly encourage you to take the time to plan the funeral service in advance, so that when the time comes your family can focus on supporting one another, knowing you have already taken care of the details of the funeral.

Preplanning Your Final Arrangements:

  • Assures that your personal preferences will be carried out as you have planned.
  • Eliminates second guessing about the type of service you want.
  • Reduces stress at an already emotional time.

"I live alone and wanted to spare my only son the unnecessary burden of making my arrangements at a difficult time. Barry's kind advice was very helpful. Prepaying my arrangements also spares an additional burden on my family. I have the peace of mind that my special wishes will be carried out."

Joan S. (Wilmington, DE)

Doherty Funeral Homes Offers A Variety Of Affordable Payment Options Which:

  • Protect the funds for the funeral against Medicaid liquidation.
  • Are fully transferable - if you move your plan goes with you.

Barry Hughes is our full-time Certified Preplanning Consultant. He is available to assist you through the preplanning and, if desired, the prepayment process. If you like, you may begin the process by filling out the Preplanning Form below or you can contact Barry by calling Doherty Funeral Homes at (302) 652-6811 or by e-mail at

If you like, you may begin the process by filling out the Preplanning Form below:

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