Our goal is to provide a service as meaningful and unique as the family we serve, no matter what their time-honored family preference.
Traditional Burial: This type of service is when arrangements are made to have a visitation and funeral ceremony, followed by burial at the cemetery.
Direct Burial: This service is when arrangements are made to inter the deceased in a cemetery without having any ceremony or visitation.
Traditional Cremation: While very similar to traditional burial, the difference is that following the funeral, the deceased is transferred to the crematory instead of the procession going to the cemetery.
Direct Cremation: Direct cremation is selected when no ceremony or visitation is desired. It is most often the least expensive option offered.
Memorial Service: This is a service without the body present. A visitation, burial or cremation may or may not have preceded the memorial service.
Today many Americans see a funeral as a celebration of a life lived – though tradition still exists, and is very important to many and is always an option. But that’s the point, tradition is an option, and so is personalization. A family can combine their wishes with tradition to whatever extent they choose. What’s important is that the living find meaning in the funeral that also pays tribute to the deceased.
Caskets and urns range from simple to as individualized as a family could want.
With any service selected, there are many ways to personalize and memorialize your loved one. We assist our families in personalizing a funeral service, and tailor it to the lifestyle and personality of the life that was lived. As no two people are exactly alike, no tribute to a life that was lived should be the same as another.
Our comfortable arrangements office and adjacent product selection room provide customization and personalization choices and options.
Our knowledge and skill in utilizing desktop publishing and printing technology, to create personal memorial tributes.
We have memory boards and tables available for every family. This is a system which allows you to position photographs and other keepsakes or memorabilia on display for family and friends to see. Since its inception at our firm, this has been warmly received and utilized at a majority of the services we conduct.
Our staff provides expert personal assistance with many details, from floral arrangements, cemetery memorials, and numerous other funeral related requests.
We offer personal assistance with filing for various Veterans’ Benefits. Our staff can determine eligibility and file the necessary paperwork for you to receive entitlements. Every honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Armed Forces is entitled to a United States Flag to be presented to the next of kin at the conclusion of the funeral service. Often times our funeral home is able to secure an honor guard to present the flag. (va.gov also vba.gov)
We notify the Social Security Administration and assist in applying for benefits. SS will pay a benefit of $255 to a surviving spouse or dependent child. Other benefits may also be available, and we can advise. (ssa.gov also medicare.gov)
We will assist in filing for life insurance proceeds or other survivor benefits and can take an assignment of a policy to cover funeral expenses.
Why Choose an Independent Funeral Home?
Independent funeral homes, such as the members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, have worked in their respective communities for generations. Selected Independent Funeral Homes is the world’s oldest and largest association of independently-owned and community based funeral service providers. The association believes in a connection to the community, accountability to families served, and the need to maintain an exemplary reputation well beyond minimum professional standards. Their commitment is that a family receives the best information, the best care and the greatest flexibility in developing a funeral or memorial service that meets the family’s needs.
Industry groups, such as Selected Independent Funeral Homes, have strict membership requirements, ethical standards and monitoring. Consumers can find the closest Selected member to them by going to their Web site at www.selectedfuneralhomes.org.
For more information read The Independent Advantage…
Most people will plan a funeral at some point in their lives, but not talk or prepare for making arrangements prior to the time of need.
I have known many family members who were reluctant to incorporate their needs and ideas into a ceremony, either because they didn’t want to risk interfering with their family tradition, or they simply didn’t realize just how ceremonies could be personalized.
Look for an independently owned funeral home that has been serving its community for generations. This connection to our community, accountability to the families we serve and the need to maintain an exemplary reputation all help to ensure that a family will receive the most information, best care and the ability to customize the funeral or memorial service.
This may seem insignificant, but who do you want caring for your family—a member of your community, or a manager responsible to shareholders?
When choosing a funeral service provider, always remember the funeral is for the survivors as much as it is for the person who has past away.
Do not rush into funeral arrangements; even in tragedy, consumers have options and time.
If you would like to “prearrange” a funeral, research pre-planning and pre-payment options. There is a right and a wrong way to make these advanced arrangements.
Make decisions based on your wishes and financial circumstances.
Be sure the funeral home provides their general price list of products and services; it is a federal requirement.
You can change funeral home if you are not satisfied with your options or the service you receive.
Consumers should also be aware that the strict federal government regulations that apply to traditional funeral homes do not apply to crematories, Internet-based or “standalone” casket vendors or cemeteries.