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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a funeral cost?

Funerals expenses are broken down into 6 categories:
1. Funeral Home Services

2. Funeral Home Products (Caskets, Urns)

3. Outer Burial Containers (Vaults, Liners)  Some cemeteries require at least a concrete liner.

4. Cemetery Property (the actual plot or piece of land)

5. Cemetery Opening and Closing (digging the grave, setting up a tent, chairs, lowering device, etc.)

6. Cash Outlays (flowers, death certificates, police escorts, newspaper obituaries, honorariums to ministers and/or musicians, etc.)

Is Cremation Less Expensive than Burial?

Yes, Cemetery Property, the Outer Burial Container and Opening and Closing of the Grave are not used on many occasions with Cremation. If the family does have a Cemetery plot that they would like the ashes placed in, the outer burial container and Opening and Closing of the grave are typically a reduced rate at the Cemetery.  Please look at the Cremation Options Question.

If our family chooses Cremation, what are our options?

There are three Services to consider when selecting Cremation.

  1. The Cremation itself
  2. A Funeral Service
  3. A Viewing

Most Funeral homes ask whether your family would like to use 1, 2,
or 3 of these services. Some people just want the Simple or Direct
Cremation.  In this case, all you are requesting the funeral home
to do is

  1. Remove the body from the place of death
  2. File the permits
  3. House the body until the cremation is scheduled with the
    crematory
  4. Use the container that the crematory requires (cremation tray)
  5. Deliver the body to the crematory when scheduled
  6. Pay the crematory its fee (this is typically separate from the
    Funeral Home fee)
  7. Pick up the ashes and have them available for the family to pick
    up from the funeral home
    •      Families should find out if their funeral home has an additional
      charge for refrigeration if that is needed due to an extended
      time between death and cremation. If a family would like
      viewing, they will be asked about embalming (for preservation)
      and possibly the renting of a casket or the purchase of a  cremation casket.
    •   If a family would like a Funeral Service, the Funeral Home will offer selections
      of services for helping to co-ordinate that rite. Families can choose:

      1. Cremation Only
      2. Viewing and Cremation
      3. Cremation and a Memorial Service (no body present)
      4. Viewing, Service with the Body Present or Not, Cremation

      Families can still have the ashes buried, or interred at their
      cemetery and will need to find out the costs and
      requirements with their particular cemetery.

If I die away from home, what should my family or designated person do?

Tell your family that if this should occur for yourself or if a family member dies outside of their city of residence, we encourage everyone to call their local funeral director. Your local funeral director will make the arrangements to get the body back to city where the funeral will take place. Most of the time, the local funeral director can do this in a manner that is less expensive on the family because they know the questions to ask and they receive professional discounts.

Do I need to be there when my family member dies and how quickly will the funeral home representative arrive?

The institution where the death takes place normally asks a family if they want to have time with the deceased before the funeral home is called. Some families want this time period. Sometimes a family is not in the same town or the family will wait and just view at the funeral home when the body has been cleaned and dressed. A funeral home is typically on the way to the facility of death as soon as they receive the call from the supervising agent. Funeral Homes have an on call representative on 24/7.

Does the body have to be embalmed?

Embalming is not required by law unless certain factors occur like transporting the body across state lines or travel is required by airplane or rail. A funeral home should legally ask whether or not the family wants the option of embalming, provided it is not required by law.  If your family would like to have a public viewing, would like the decedent’s appearance enhanced, or there is a protracted length of time between death and disposition (burial or cremation), the family may want to/or need to consider the service of embalming.  Some religious factors can require the use of dry-ice or refrigeration as a preservation quality for transportation or time delay.

What should be done when a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

Funeral homes answer their phones 24/7. Normally, a family simply tells the hospital, hospice, nursing facility, etc. which funeral home their family desires to use and that institution or healthcare overseer calls the funeral home after the legal pronouncement of death has taken place. Traditionally a family will be called first and if they can’t be reached for a duration of time, the facility will go ahead and call the funeral home on record. Anytime a family member is under the care of a facility and the end of physical life will most likely happen there, it is good to tell that facility which funeral home your family will be using. In the case of an unexpected death at home, a justice of the peace or judge may be called and they will contact the family’s funeral home of choice after all legal protocols have taken place.

Is your funeral home locally-owned?

The death care industry in the larger towns may have a more corporate influence than the smaller towns. If this is an important issue for you or your family, we encourage you to research, call, or ask other members in the community about the funeral home’s reputation and ownership. The term “Dignity” is often associated with a nationwide conglomerate.

We don’t have any money; what should we do?

Funeral homes will be able to tell you if there are State, County, or City assistance programs. Social Security only pays a benefit of 255.00 to a surviving spouse or child under 18 in the home. Talk to your funeral home or call the different funeral homes in your area to find the least expensive options available. It is always better to be proactive in these instances.

Am I legally required to use a funeral director or funeral home to handle my deceased family member's arrangements?

No, most states allow a family to handle their own burial rites, but regulations do vary. The legal details, logistics and organization processes are typically difficult for the layman to work through.

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