FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

What is the Significance of a Funeral Service?

From the beginning of recorded history, societies have honored those who died with a ceremony. According to beliefs at that time, the purpose of the ritual was to send the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife.

Today, however, many experts agree that the benefits of a service are for those who are left behind after a death. A "closure" of sorts must occur to help survivors adjust to their loss and recognize that a death has occurred. A funeral service provides the opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the life that was lived and allow the healing process to begin.



How Much Does a Funeral Cost?



Funeral costs vary depending on the funeral home and type of service selected. There are two types of costs associated with a funeral: (1) services provided by the funeral home and (2) merchandise such as a casket or urn.

 

 

 

Can I Make My Funeral Arrangements Before I Die?



Yes. Today, pre-arrangement and prepayment of funerals are becoming more common. Pre-arranging will provide you with more time to review your options and give you a choice in your own funeral service. Pre-arrangement will provide you with the peace of mind that everything has been taken care of, relieving your family of the emotional and financial burden that often comes with making arrangements when a loved one passes away. Oftentimes, making arrangements in advance also guarantees a service and funeral at today's prices, free from inflation; we will assist you with your pre-arrangements.

 

What is Embalming and is it Necessary Before Services are Held?



Embalming is the temporary preservation of a deceased's remains. It is not required by law, but is common practice when a viewing is planned.

 

Why have a public viewing?


Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary. 

 

 

What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?


Our Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

If a loved one dies out of state , can the local Funeral Home still help?


Yes, we can assist you with out-of-state arrangements, either to transfer the remains to another state or from another state.

 

What should be brought to the funeral home when making arrangements?


Families should bring clothes (including underclothes), vital statistics such as social security and date of birth, and all related paperwork such as insurance, veterans, and cemetery papers.

 

Can a Funeral Home Assist Me with Social Security Benefits and Veteran Death Benefits?

Yes. In fact, we will do more than just assist you with securing these benefits. Our staff is trained to complete all necessary paperwork to begin the benefits process and ensure that the benefits are secured in a timely manner.