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More Frequently Asked Questions
Why is having a funeral ceremony important?
Throughout human history, and around the globe, people have gathered together to acknowledge the death of a member of the community. No matter who the deceased was, a funeral ceremony is the one (and sometimes the only) opportunity for everyone to come together to acknowledge their death, recognize the community’s shared loss and share the burden of grief.
What is the average cost of a funeral service?
The National Funeral Directors Association states the national median cost of a funeral details the average costs of a funeral in 2012: $7,045 (however, if a burial vault is required by the cemetery–and it usually is–the median cost can rise as high as $8,343). These statistics aside, the cost of a funeral service is wholly dependent on the specific services and products selected by the family member(s) responsible for making funeral arrangements. Your funeral director will thoroughly explain all options, ask the important questions about your family’s budget restrictions; and otherwise do everything he or she can to provide you with a funeral, memorial service or celebration-of-life that meets your emotional and social needs, all the while staying in line with your financial expectations.
What’s involved in preparing the body for viewing
at a visitation or funeral?
The preparation of the deceased can involve a number of different tasks performed by trained and licensed embalmers and restorative artists. The purpose of embalming is disinfection, preservation and restoration. The deceased is then washed, dressed and otherwise groomed before being placed in the chosen casket for viewing. Should you wish to know more about the process, contact us.
If it makes people uncomfortable, why is it
necessary to view the body in the casket?
Human beings are interesting creatures: sometimes we need to see in order to truly believe. It’s a way of confirming the fact that, indeed, this individual is dead; but it’s also an opportunity to say your “good-byes”. You may find it a cathartic time where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment, and otherwise come to terms with their death.
How can I best prepare my children to attend a
funeral?
When asked this question, we like to tell people it’s best done with honesty and awareness. Let them know basically what they can expect. Advise them there will be people there who will be sad and may cry openly; tell them there will be time for some people to stand up and talk about how much they loved the person (but they won’t be required to do so). Let them ask all the questions they need to ask, reassure them you’ll be right next to them throughout the experience.
Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?
Black used to be the only color to wear to a funeral; but not anymore. Today things are less formal than they once were, and it’s not totally uncommon for families to ask prospective guests to altogether avoid wearing black clothing. Should you have additional questions about funeral attire or etiquette, please contact us.
What Else Would You Like to Know?
This list of frequently-asked-questions was compiled through our professional experiences. But really, the thanks go to the hundreds of inquisitive, questioning families and individuals we’ve had the privilege of serving over the years: people who’ve asked the most commonly-asked questions you see here. If yours isn’t listed here, get the answer you need by calling us at (937) 492-5101.
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