Frequent Questions

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Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family and friends with an atmosphere of care and support in which to share thoughts and feelings about death, funerals are the first step in the healing process. It is the traditional way to recognize the finality of death. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show their respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grieving process.

You can have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. Planning a personalized ceremony or service will help begin the healing process. Overcoming the pain is never easy, but a meaningful funeral or tribute will help.

  • Pick up the deceased and transport the body to the funeral home (anytime day or night)
  • Notify proper authorities, family and/or relatives
  • Arrange and prepare death certificate
  • Provide certified copies of death certificates for insurance and benefit processing
  • Work with the insurance agent, Social Security or Veterans Administration to ensure that necessary paperwork is filed for receipt of benefits
  • Prepare and submit an obituary to the newspapers of your choice as well as online.
  • Attend to any necessary preparation of the deceased (embalming, washing, etc)
  • Prepare the body for viewing including dressing and cosmetizing
  • Assist the family with funeral arrangements and the selection of a casket, urn, burial vault and cemetery plot
  • Schedule the opening and closing of the grave with cemetery personnel, if a burial is to be performed as well as provide advice and suggestions for alternatives to burial, such as retaining the cremated remains at home, scattering on land or in water.
  • Coordinate with those officiating, leading or participating in any services you request (clergy, celebrants, musicians, fraternal clubs, community organizations)
  • Arrange for military honors for veterans
  • Arrange transportation to the funeral and/or cemetery for the family
  • Order funeral sprays and other flower arrangements as the family wishes
  • Everything and anything associated with carrying out your specific requests.

  Shortly after a death has occurred you will meet with us for a conference and discuss the type of services or ceremonies you wish for us to provide. After you have explained your preferences our staff will carry out all your wishes to the smallest detail. The funeral home will also coordinate arrangements with the cemetery and any participants in any events associated with the funeral or memorial.

  • Bring the following information to complete the State vital statistic requirements:
    • Birth Date
    • Birthplace
    • Father's Name
    • Mother's Name
    • Social Security Number
    • Veteran's Discharge or Claim Number
    • Education
    • Marital Status
  •  Speak to the funeral director who will help you decide on the time and place of funeral or memorial service. This can be done at the funeral home.
  • Decide on appropriate memorial to which gifts may be made (church, hospice, library, charity or school).
  • Gather obituary information you want to include such as age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service , outstanding work, list of survivors in immediate family. Include time and place of services. The funeral home will write the obituary and submit it to newspapers along with a photo if desired

If you request immediate assistance, yes. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good-bye, that’s perfectly acceptable. Your funeral director will come when your time is right.

The decision to choose burial or cremation is a very personal decision which should be made  based upon consideration of your particular religious and cultural customs and values. There is no right or wrong answer as long as you consider your preferences and balance your decision with the emotional and social needs of those you leave behind.

Cremation need not be any different from a funeral service followed by a burial. Cremation is only a form of disposition. It does not prevent you from arranging for any services or ceremonies (including viewing) before the cremation occurs. 

Viewing is a 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 is voluntary.

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

In general, no law requires that any person be embalmed. A funeral home may have a policy that requires embalming for certain types of services such as public viewing or services involving a lengthy delay between death and burial or cremation.

Like all life cycle events, there are necessarily costs associated with providing final services for your loved one. Many costs associated with a funeral have nothing to do directly with the funeral home, such as cemetery fees, clergy fees (or other officiant), musicians, obituary charges, flowers, etc. We arrange for these, but the prices charged are controlled by third party providers.

:Each funeral home is entitled to charge what they feel is appropriate for their services, facilities, vehicles and merchandise, however you make the final decision as to what those  selections are. By carefully comparing more than one funeral home and reviewing all your options you ultimately are in control of the final cost of the services selected.

A responsible and caring funeral director will work with you to make certain that the services you request work within the available resources.

It really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. Funeral or memorial services can be held in a place of worship, a funeral home or in a crematory chapel.

With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (We will explain the various legal options available to you if you choose to scatter the cremated remains). 

Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.

You might choose ground burial of the urn.  Cremation niches in columbariums are also available at many cemeteries. They offer the beauty of a mausoleum setting with the benefits of above ground placement of remains.

If you wish to have your ashes scattered somewhere, it is important to discuss your wishes to be scattered ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the cremation ashes scattering ceremony, as they might want to let your funeral professional assist in the scattering ceremony. Funeral directors can also be very helpful in creating a meaningful and personal ash scattering ceremony that they will customize to fit your families specific desires. The services can be as formal or informal as you like. Scattering services can also be public or private. Again, it is advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place-your funeral director can help you with this.

Yes — Depending upon the cemetery's policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremains buried on top of the casketed remains of your spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her. Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremated remains to be interred in a single grave space.

Uncertainty about income tax issues can add to the stress experienced from the death of a spouse. You should meet with your family attorney and/or tax advisor as soon as possible to review your particular tax and estate circumstances. Bring a detailed list of your questions to the meeting. If you do not have an attorney or tax advisor, call the IRS toll-free at 800-829-1040 for answers to specific tax questions.


  • Talk to us about your specific needs. We will always work with you and do our best to find a service arrangement that meets your financial needs and circumstances.
  • If income and asset guidelines are met, occasionally the local social services department can provide payment for basic services. Application must be made before any approval is granted. We will assist you with a full explanation of options and the procedure to apply for assistance.

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