Commonly Asked Questions
Can I make funeral arrangements before a death occurs?
Absolutely. People are often overwhelmed when a death occurs, particularly when a death is not anticipated. That is why most people choose to document their wishes in advance. Placing these wishes in a will is simply not sufficient, as wills are generally not read until well after the funeral. By planning one’s funeral arrangements in advance, many of the difficult decisions otherwise made at the time of death, may be alleviated.
Should the remains be present and viewed?
Having the remains present for a gathering or ceremony may not seem particularly important for some, although can be incredibly helpful for other family and friends as they begin their own grieving process. The decision whether the casket is open or closed is a decision that generally can be made closer to the time of the gathering or ceremony. Many families find it quite beneficial to pay tribute to the deceased, even if initially they thought it was not important.
How much does a funeral cost?
When planning a funeral ceremony, the options are virtually endless. Often there are different avenues available to assist a family with the various expenses – many that you may not have been aware of. One of our funeral directors would be pleased to meet with you to explain the range of options available before committing to any decisions.
Is Cremation less expensive?
Many of the same options are available to those selecting either burial or cremation. In some instances, cremation may even be more costly than burial. As you consider this decision, please speak with a funeral director as they may provide information relevant to your own situation.
We don’t have any religious background, but would still like to have a ceremony. What options do we have?
Whether descending from a religious tradition or not, there are numerous options available when commemorating a life. Both of our locations are equipped with facilities for a gathering, ceremony and reception. You may choose a very casual atmosphere or a more traditional environment where a family member may act as a Master of Ceremonies, or if you prefer, we can assist with arranging for a speaker.