We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

What is a Funeral?
A funeral is a ceremony that honors and celebrates the life of someone who is no longer living. Funerals allow the bereaved to have a special time and place to say their goodbyes, while also finding comfort in one another.
Why have a Viewing?
A viewing (also known as “visitation”, “wake”, or “calling hours”) can be a vital part of the grieving process. A viewing usually involves an open or closed casket. Having your loved one present can help the bereaved with acceptance of their realities and to help the grieving process. This helps the bereaved come to terms and give their last farewell.
Is Embalming Required by Law?

No (except in rare circumstances), embalming is not required by law. If you decide not to embalm, more often than not, most funeral homes do not permit public viewing without embalming. If you choose to not use embalming, most times we can offer families the chance for a private viewing prior to burial with minimal preparation excluding embalming.

should I bring children to the funeral?

You should definitely use your judgment to determine whether your child is old enough to comprehend death.It’s important for children to be allowed to express their grief, as well as be a part of this important ceremony. If you bring younger children, explain to them beforehand what they will see and experience, and make sure that they know the importance of being on their best behavior. If your child becomes cranky or noisy, remove them promptly to avoid disturbing those who are mourning.

what does funeral directors do?

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funerals and related services. Funeral directors provide support, guide the arrangement, visitations and funeral ceremonies, prepare the deceased according to the family’s wishes, and ensure that everything goes according to plan. They also arrange for the removal and transportation of deceased throughout the process. They also assist families with any legal or insurance-related paperwork they may need to file.

can I personalize my service?

Yes! Our staff has many years of experience getting to know families and incorporating their loved one’s activities, interests, and unique requests into a memorable service. Do not hesitate to make a request just because you think it might be too “out there”. We are honored to work with you to create a service that truly reflects and celebrates your loved one’s individual life journey.

can i still have a viewing & funeral services with cremation?

Yes! Choosing cremation only indicates how you’d like to care for your loved one after the service. This doesn’t exclude you from celebrating and honoring their life in any way. You can choose to have visitation beforehand, arrange a funeral service before cremation, or wait and hold the service after the cremation. We are happy to help you design a meaningful service to accompany the cremation.

how can I be sure that the remains I receive are those of my loved one?

Cremation of multiple people at the same time is illegal in the US and many other countries. Also, the cremation chamber is not designed to hold more than one person at a time. Additionally, cremation is a regulated process with strict procedures we follow to ensure we’re holding our services to the highest standard possible. All necessary paperwork and fees must be completed with local authorities, then a checklist is completed at the crematory. A metal disk with a unique ID number accompanies your loved one from the time the crematory receives the person throughout the cremation process, and after cremation occurs the metal disk is attached to the bag containing the ashes. You can rest assured that you are receiving only your loved one’s ashes,
knowing the level of respect and meticulous care with which we treat your loved one.