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Frequently Asked Questions About Funerals

Frequently Asked Questions About Funerals

 

What is the significance of a funeral service?
Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?
How many types of caskets exist, and why are some more expensive than others?
What is embalming and is it necessary before services are held?
Can a funeral home assist me with Social Security benefits and Veterans death benefits?
How much does a funeral cost?
What methods may I use to pay for the funeral?
What has to be done when a death occurs in one city and the funeral service will be held in another city?
What has to be done when a family member passes away while on a trip out of town?
If our loved one is being transferred to another city for a funeral service and burial, can we also gather family and friends for a local service?

 

What is the significance of a funeral service?
From the beginning of recorded history, societies have created ceremonies to honor those who have died. In the beginning, 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 remain behind. Coming to terms with the loss is important to help survivors adjust 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 allows the healing process to begin.

 

Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?
Yes, preplanning is one of the most caring things you can do for your loved ones. It provides them with a clearer picture of your final wishes and helps to relieve them from worrying about how you would really prefer to be remembered. These plans may be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. You can comfortably prefund your arrangements to help alleviate placing future financial burden on your family. The preplanning process allows you to plan at your own pace, equipped with facts and ample information, so that you feel comfortable about the choices you make. Making arrangements in advance also lets you prefund a service and funeral at today's prices. We can assist you with your prearrangement needs. You can also visit our preplanning section for more information.

 

How many types of caskets exist, and why are some more expensive than others?
Caskets are made of either metal (bronze, copper or steel) or wood, and are available in a variety of styles and colors. Prices vary, depending on the exterior and interior materials used. Bronze, a semi-precious metal, is more expensive than steel. Mahogany, a rare hardwood, is more expensive than the readily available softwood pine. There is also the option of adding personal touches to most caskets.

 

What is embalming and is it necessary before services are held?
Embalming is the temporary preservation of a person’s remains using a chemical process. Most families choose embalming when a public viewing is planned as part of the service.

 

Can a funeral home assist me with Social Security benefits and Veterans death benefits?
Yes. Your funeral arranger can provide you with information and facts about these benefits and work with you to complete all necessary paperwork to begin the benefits process. He or she can also follow through to ensure that the benefits are secured in a timely manner.

 

How much does a funeral cost?
Funeral costs vary depending on the funeral home and type of services and merchandise 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, urn, flowers, etc. Some types of services require more or less involvement of our professional staff and facilities than others and are priced accordingly. We pride ourselves on our ability to help every family create a meaningful tribute and lasting memorial for their loved one, in any price range. Call or visit our funeral home to discuss your needs and to receive a general price list that will give you full details. And remember, if choosing interment or entombment, you may need to purchase cemetery, mausoleum or columbarium or other cremation memorialization space as well as some type of memorial. Those arrangements are sometimes made separately with the cemetery.

 

What methods may I use to pay for the funeral?
Funeral costs may be paid by cash, check, VISA®, MasterCard®, American Express®, Discover® or an assignment of verified insurance benefits. Many families choose easy payment plans available through preplanning. This important decision can limit or eliminate the financial burden placed on a family when the death of a loved one occurs.

 

What has to be done when a death occurs in one city and the funeral service will be held in another city?
A death that occurs away from your loved one’s hometown may be an unusual experience for you and your family. However, funeral arrangers are trained and experienced in handling the details necessary when this happens. The local funeral arranger can assist you in selecting a funeral home in the city where the services are to be held and will help coordinate the transportation of your loved one to the care of a funeral arranger in that city.

 

What has to be done when a family member passes away while on a trip out of town?
When a family member passes away while out of town, contact your local funeral arranger. The arranger can assist you in selecting an out-of-town funeral arranger, who will handle all the necessary details in the distant city, state or country. Working together, the two funeral arrangers will gather all the necessary information to allow for the transfer of your family member back to your local area.

 

If our loved one is being transferred to another city for a funeral service and burial, can we also gather family and friends for a local service?
Yes. The funeral arranger can work with your family to organize a time—either before or after the transfer—and a place for your family and friends to gather to celebrate special memories of your loved one and to support each other during your time of loss.