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Frequently Asked Questions

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It's normal to have questions when it comes to a funeral and funeral etiquette. We have compiled some information below for frequent asked questions. If you need additional help or have more questions, please feel free to contact us.

What is the cost of a funeral?

The cost of a funeral is dependent on the merchandise purchased and the services held. All charges involved in the cost of a funeral are explained by the funeral director and a general price sheet that details specific charges is provided to the family.

Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?

Pre-arranging and pre-payment of funeral expenses provides peace of mind and allows you to make informed decisions without the emotional and financial burdens that can be present at the time of need. Many families who pre-arrange do so in an efffort to "help" their families. Pre-payment of funeral expenses also allows you to pay for merchandise and services at today's cost, free from inflation and within your budget. Funeral merchandise such as casket, vault, urn, flowers, etc are documented as well as type of service desired. Statistical personal information is also recorded to include names of parents and relatives, date and place of birth, occupation, education level, etc. Current insurance can be used to fund a pre-need with no out-of-pocket costs to you now. Call our office to set up an appointment to discuss this valuable service with one of our funeral directors.

What is the first thing I should do when a death occurs?

Where the death occurs dictates what action you should take first. Today many families are choosing to place loved ones in a Hospice center or bring them home with Hospice services made available in the home. Families should notify the Hospice caregiver who will contact the physician and the funeral home of choice. If the family member is not under Hospice but dies at home, you should contact the police to respond to the residence and they will release the deceased to the funeral home. If the death occurs in a hospital, give the facility the name of the funeral home you have chosen and they will contact us directly, letting us know when the deceased will be released. Regardless of where the death occurs, it is also important to contact us directly to give us your contact numbers and set up a time to come in to meet with the funeral director to make arrangements. If a death occurs out of state, we will make necessary arrangements for local services and burial.

Can the funeral home assist me with VA, Social Security benefits and filing insurance claims?

Our staff will work with you before and after the service to file all necessary documents with the VA and the Social Security Administration. We will further assist you with all insurance claims associated with the death and obtain adequate quantities of death certificates for use with other personal matters. Our service to you and your family does not end with the funeral.