Why not eliminate the expense of flowers and donate the money to charity?
There certainly are many worthy charities. Experience shows that most people see value in both. For example, if the person died from cancer, a donation to the Cancer Society in memory of the individual is especially meaningful. At the same time, it is nice to send flowers to the family left behind. There is nothing…Read More
What purpose do these fancy caskets serve?
Choosing a casket is a very personal decision. To many people, it is important to select a casket made of very durable steel or semi-precious metal. They find peace of mind knowing the selection they made protects against the outside elements. Often, families will want to select a casket that seems fitting for their loved…Read More
If my family decides they don’t want a traditional funeral for me, what other options do they have?
Many people falsely believe that everyone has to have a “traditional” funeral. However, we believe that every service should be personalized in order to honor the person who has died and be meaningful to the survivors. We offer alternatives such as humanistic services instead of religious services, visitations with or without viewing, and unique ceremonies…Read More
I don’t like viewing the body. I don’t want anyone gawking at me.
Most families choose to have a viewing because it helps them to come to the reality that their loved one is truly gone. For some it offers closure. Of course, there are many options available if this is not your preference to have a viewing. Every family is different, you can certainly have visitation and a…Read More
At what age should you tell your children about death?
It depends on the child and the circumstance. If a child has just experienced the loss of a grandparent or other family member, it may be necessary to discuss death earlier than usual. Some children mature faster than others and will often ask questions about life and death themselves. Most parents find that even in…Read More
My mother was cremated and now I’m considering it. What do you think of cremation?
Cremation is a very personal decision. Everyone should find out what is involved in cremation and be sure to discuss the choice with other family members to be sure they are comfortable with the decision to cremate. Also, if you are considering cremation, we recommend you find out your clergy person’s position. Whether you choose…Read More
How much does a funeral usually cost?
It is difficult to give an average cost because funeral services vary so much. The total cost depends on three main areas: the services selected, the casket and vault chosen and the automotive equipment utilized. While national average for funeral costs would be from $6,000 to $8,000, in actuality it depends on what you select.…Read More
Do you have to have a vault to be buried?
Our state laws do not require a vault for burial. However, most cemeteries do require an outside container for the casket. The purpose is two-fold: First, the outside receptacle keeps the earth from settling, thus preventing the unevenness of the land which makes the cemetery less attractive. Second, it allows cemetery caretakers to easily maintain…Read More