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If you have immediate need of our services, we're available for you 24 hours a day.

Obituaries & Tributes

It is not always possible to pay respects in person, so we hope that this small token will help.

Pre-Arrangement

A gift to your family, sparing them hard decisions at an emotional time.

Frequently Asked

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions and responses that we commonly receive at the funeral home. We will continue to include any new questions in this section that we feel would be helpful to others.

If you have a question that has not been covered in this site we would like to hear from you. You may use the "Ask the Director" section of our site to forward your question or comments to us.

If you would prefer to call us on the telephone, our staff would be pleased to provide an answer to any funeral related matter you may have. If we do not have the answer immediately, we will find it for you and contact you the minute the information is in our hands.

1. What Purpose does a funeral serve?
 
2. What do funeral directors do?
 
3. Why have a public viewing?
 
4. What is the purpose of embalming?
 
5. Is it the law that a body must be embalmed?
 
6. What determines the cost of a funeral?
 

Question #1
What Purpose does a funeral serve?
Answer:It is the customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.

Question #2What do funeral directors do?
Answer:Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body.

Question #3Why have a public viewing?
Answer:Viewing is a part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many specialists believe that viewing the body aids in the grief process, helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death.

Question #4What is the purpose of embalming?
Answer:Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, as well as, it retards the decomposition process. Embalming also enhances the appearance of bodies that have been involved in a traumatic death or illness. Embalming also makes it possible to lengthen the time between the time of death and the time of final disposition. This allows the family to choose what services are most comforting to them.

Question #5Is it the law that a body must be embalmed?
Answer:No, a person does not have to be embalmed however the funeral home may require the embalming preparation to take place depending on the type of services selected.

Question #6What determines the cost of a funeral?
Answer:The family members of the deceased making the arrangements do. The cost of funeral will depend on how elaborate or how simple a ceremony is desired. There are a wide variety of services offered by our funeral home that a family can choose from.

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