First Funeral Planning is an agency of reputable life insurance agents focused on our clients. We were founded in 1988 by industry legend Robert Patterson, after several years of working for other organizations. He recognized the inherent conflict between loyalty to one insurance company and the specific needs of consumers. This led to the opening of First Funeral Planning and we’re proud to remain independent to this day.

Our independence allows us to offer the best possible products, while being solely accountable to our valued customers. This client-focused approach is central to our values. Although we’ve grown into a nationwide leader within the final expense industry, we still strive to maintain the values rooted within our humble beginnings in South Carolina. Allow us to show you why we’re the first option when funeral planning.

1706 – First life insurance policy is purchased.

1752 – First insurance company in the U.S. opened: The Philadelphia Contributionship, co-founded by Ben Franklin in 1752.

1800s – Insurance companies evolved to include life insurance and several other forms of coverage

1930 – The first time any insurance was mandatory in the United States

2016 – First Funeral Planning refocused to specialize in final expense insurance.

2019 – First Funeral Planning rebrands and opens new website

2021 – First Funeral Planning goes digital with new social media channels to bring insurance to the platforms where our clients and agents need us to be


Experience has taught us to never speak in absolutes. Life, and Life Insurance, always seems to humble the overconfident. Here are the two promises we make every client:


We are confident that if we use our expertise in accordance with those core commitments, then our clients and communities will be better served. In fact, we guarantee it.

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