Why Do We Have
It is important to recognize and
remember that funerals are for the living. It is through the
funeral process that a number of emotional needs are met for those
who have suffered a loss. Over the years, our commitment has been
to provide you, your friends and neighbors with sound advice and
personal service at times that can be emotionally trying.
A funeral is a rite of passage by
which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives.
Regardless of the final disposition, whether it is burial or
cremation, funerals serve a valuable purpose. It declares that a
death has occurred and commemorates the life that has been lived.
It offers family and friends the opportunity to pay tribute to
their loved one and friend. This will also provide emotional
support to family and friends who have faced the reality of death
and begin to step toward a healthy emotional adjustment.
Even though most of our families still prefer the simplicity of the
traditional funeral service, funerals are sometimes individualized
to reflect the life of the deceased and to hold special meaning for
family members and other survivors. It may reflect one's religious
beliefs as a reaffirmation of faith in a life beyond this world. It
may reflect the occupation, hobbies, social affiliation or even
ethnic background of the deceased. No matter what style of service
you desire, our staff has the education, training and experience to
meet your needs.
Generally, a ceremony is conducted
with the body of the deceased present. In this sense, the ceremony
provides an occasion for saying final good-byes prior to the
disposition of the body.
There are three basic forms of final
disposition. The first is earth burial, which continues to be the
form of disposition chosen most often. Cremation is a form chosen
by some, where the body is reduced by intense heat to skeletal
fragments that are then buried, placed in a memorial niche or kept
by the family. Finally, entombment in a crypt is one of the oldest
forms of disposition, dating back to Old Testament times.
Funerals are usually arranged and
conducted by licensed and trained funeral directors that handle all
the technical arrangements of the funeral as well as provide
counsel on many of the personal issues. The cost of the funeral
includes use of the funeral home facilities and equipment, motor
vehicles and professional services provided by the funeral home
staff. The merchandise purchased for a funeral, while varying
considerably because of individual consumer preferences, will
generally include such items as a casket, vault or grave liner, urn
(if cremated) and cash advance items such as sales tax, opening and
closing of the grave and death certificates.
Our insurance office is staffed to assist anyone in the purchase of
funeral service insurance. Plans are available for individuals or
families. These insurance programs can be tailored to suit the
needs of each person by coverage amount and premium. We also assist
families we are serving with any insurance claim.
We honor other funeral
service insurance policies.