Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you and what exactly do you offer?
Robinson offers funeral, burial, and cremation services in four locations throughout the Upstate. We can help at all stages of the funeral process, from preplanning to probate and insurance issues.
My loved one just died or is about to. What should I do?
What kind of funeral services are available?
We offer many types of funeral services, including traditional funerals, memorial services, and graveside ceremonies. We can also arrange a non-commemorative funeral, also known as immediate disposition. For more information about types of funeral services, please visit our Funeral Arrangements page.
Can we still have a funeral service if we choose cremation and not burial?
Certainly. Cremation offers flexibility when it comes to holding visitations, viewings, and memorial services, as well as the order in which they take place. For example, you may choose to embalm your loved one for viewing or visitation purposes and then opt for cremation and a funeral service, or you may choose to cremate first and then display the cremation urn at the funeral service. Whatever your wishes, we’ll take care of all the details and work with you to ensure your needs are met.
What type of service should I choose?
The simple answer is, that depends…on you, your family, and on your loved one’s final wishes. We know that planning a loved one’s funeral can be overwhelming, especially in times of shock and grief. We get it and we’ll work with you to plan a service that honors your loved one and gives your family the closure they need.
What kind of burial options are available?
First, you’ll need to choose between cremation and burial and then determine where and how your loved one will be laid to rest. There are many options, and we can help you decide which is best for your loved one. For more information, please see our Funeral Arrangements page.
Are you associated with a cemetery?
Yes. Robinson Memorial Gardens is a beautiful and serene cemetery offering a variety of funeral service and burial options. Burial and interment options include two mausoleums, the Veterans’ Garden of Honor, and individual ground plots.
Can I plan a funeral in advance?
Yes! Preplanning lifts the burden from your loved ones by relieving the pressure to make important decisions in times of grief. Preplanning also ensures that your funeral reflects your personal tastes, preferences, and budget and lets your family know exactly what you want. Visit our Preplanning page for more details.
Can you help with settling an estate and other final details?
Certainly. We offer assistance with probate issues, as well as help with veterans’ and insurance benefits.
How long have you been in business?
We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1875 and have proudly served the community for more than 100 years. We’re proud of our tradition of caring, serving, and supporting.
Where are your funeral homes located?
Robinson Downtown is centrally located in downtown Easley and is 10 minutes from Robinson Memorial Gardens. Phone: (864) 859-4001
Robinson Powdersville is a combination funeral home and cemetery office and is connected to Robinson Memorial Gardens on Powdersville Road. Phone: (864) 442-1800
Duckett-Robinson is located in Central and serves families in Anderson and Oconee Counties. Phone: (864) 639-2411
My wife and I have life insurance. Isn’t that enough to cover our funerals?
Funerals and burials double in price every 10-12 years. Is it possible that your insurance will not be enough when the time comes? Do you know for certain that you will not outlive your insurance benefit? Check with your insurance company.
Why would I consider a mausoleum? Isn’t it double the price?
Actually the cost is comparable to traditional burial and often less. At Robinson Memorial Garden, all cemetery charges are included in the price, so there are no added fees or unexpected costs.
Mausoleum crypts are designed to withstand weather and protect remains. They are dry and clean and offer a climate-controlled chapel for committal services. Your last memory is the casket in the chapel instead of over an open grave.
And in terms of the environment, you are saving ground use.
I don’t like talking about it. It doesn’t matter to me. Why shouldn’t I just let my wife do what she wants once I am gone?
Final arrangements can be one of the most costly decisions you will ever make. You’ve always made decisions together…your home, your cars, etc. The loving thing to do is to share those decisions as well so that one will not have the burden of making those decisions alone on the worst day of his or her life.
What if I don’t want to be in the ground with dirt in my face? Is cremation the only other option?
No. Mausoleum entombment provides above ground burial at a cost comparable to traditional burial if not less.
If I am being cremated, do I need a burial plot?
It depends on what you want to do with your cremated remains. Often people think their loved ones will want to keep the remains, but as generations go by, there may come a time when the remains will become unwanted. Sometimes urns with cremated remains are found in the dump. It is best to secure a final resting place for when that time comes.
What if I do not know where I am going to be living when I die?
Make a plan for wherever you are living, if you move, your plan might be able to move with you. We never know when or where, so it’s best to be prepared. Do not leave the burden on your family.
Can my husband and I be buried in the same place if he wants cremation and I want to be buried in a casket?
You can both be in one burial plot if at least one if cremated. Or the two of you can be in a mausoleum crypt as well.
Do we have to pay cash when we plan ahead of time?
At the time of death full payment is required. However, when you preplan there are many payment options available including several no interest options.
What if I purchase a space, but later decide I want something else?
People often change their minds on the type of burial they want. Spaces may be traded up for mausoleum entombment, niches for cremated remains, cremation bench, etc. Spaces continue to increase in value over time so their trade value also increases.
My husband served in the military. Can he get a complimentary space in the Veteran’s Garden at Robinson Memorial Gardens?
All honorably discharged veterans with a DD 214 discharge form are eligible for a free space for their burial at Robinson Memorial Gardens if claimed before death occurs. Adjacent spaces may be purchased for the spouse and other family members.
Funerals are getting so expensive. How can I possibly pay for these costs?
Prices completely double about every 10-12 years. There are many folks who purchased life insurance many years ago to pay for their funeral. Now they find that it is not enough. Everyone needs to understand the best way to use his or her resources. Death is a sure thing and must be planned for just like weddings, children and retirement. Why should we plan? Because we can lock in the prices and make payments; through preplanning, we have the chance to stop inflation associated with final arrangements.