*What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?
Depends on what cemetery you decide to bring your loved one for their final resting place.
*Does my loved one have to be embalmed prior to burial?
Many funeral homes suggest (and may even go so far as to require) embalming if you are planning a viewing or visitation. The reason for this is to provide the best experience for the family members as well as guests; proper embalming can ensure the deceased looks as good as possible. As a general rule, embalming is not necessary or legally required if the body is cared for in a relatively short amount of time. Please contact one of our professional funeral directors for more information.
*How much will a casket cost?
The costs of caskets can vary, depending on the type purchased. If budgeting is a major factor in your decision making process, please speak with one of our professional funeral directors who can advise you on the most appropriate casket for your situation and budget.
*What is a burial vault, and why do I need to buy one?
A burial vault helps protect this pristine view, ensuring there is no sign of burial plots "settling". The vault also protects the casket.
*What's involved in a cemetery burial?
If your loved one has not made previous arrangements for their burial, the first thing that is required is the selection of the cemetery and burial location within the grounds (plot). You will also be required to choose the most suitable casket and burial vault, and provide us with the clothing you'd like your loved one to wear including any 'special items' you'd like us to place in the casket. Once payment is made, the date and time of interment is agreed upon with funeral home and cemetery personnel.
*Do I have to buy a headstone or grave marker?
The cemetery will put a temporary identification marker on your loved one's grave. This is only temporary until a permanent headstone or grave marker is permanently installed. Without a proper permanent identification marker, your loved one's burial site will appear "unmarked" once the temporary marker becomes illegible or is somehow removed.
*Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?
Some cemeteries provide headstones options or you may chose a local monument company.
*What is "direct burial"?
When we make arrangements for the direct burial of an individual, we are expediting their interment. There will be no funeral, memorial service or celebration-of-life; instead, we provide the physical care of the deceased (perhaps embalming their body, but certainly dressing and casketing), and then escort the casket to the cemetery for immediate burial.
* Is direct burial right for our situation?
This question is difficult to answer until we have the opportunity to speak with you. Direct burial works well when there are few mourners or if your loved one's wishes were for a simple interment. The burial is done quickly and professionally, without ceremony of any kind. To further explore the idea, please speak with one of our professional funeral directors.
*What services do you provide when I choose direct burial?
One of our professional funeral directors will complete and file the death certificate, obtain signatures on any required permits or authorizations, help you select a cemetery, a casket and burial vault. He or she will oversee the burial arrangements, physical care of the deceased: they will be dressed in clothes you've provided, casket the deceased, and then provide an escort to the cemetery for immediate burial. Our professional funeral director will also witness the burial and provide you with copies of all pertinent papers for safekeeping.
*What is a graveside service?
Rather than having a service in a church or funeral home chapel, and then adjourning to the cemetery for the burial; some families choose to gather solely at the cemetery. There, they are led through a ceremony prepared by a clergy person or celebrant and witness the in-ground committal of their loved one's casket. If the idea of a graveside service appeals to you, speak with one of our professional funeral directors about your options.
*What "extra" fees or charges will I need to pay?
Some of the things you will discuss with our funeral director involves the purchase from outside vendors for which you will be required to pay at the time of the arrangement conference. One of the most common is the fee charged by a newspaper to print your loved one's obituary. Other fees incurred could include clergy, insurance filing fees, musicians, floral arrangements, reception necessities, such as food/beverage and/or facility rental fees.
* When do I pay?
The answer to this question largely depends upon the services, products and cemetery you have selected; but as a good rule of thumb, bring in any insurance policies the day of funeral arrangement is made for verification purposes. All funeral or cremations services are paid in full 3 days before services.
*Who will write my loved one's obituary?
This is a decision we leave to the family, with guidance from one of our professional funeral directors. Perhaps you would like to ask a friend or family member to prepare the obituary or perhaps you're thinking it's something you would like to do. There is also the option of having the funeral director take on this task.