Overview of Our Process
We’ve designed our process to make sure the families we serve get the care they need, every step of the way. Making funeral arrangements typically happens in three stages: planning a service, choosing a final resting place, and taking care of the final details that come after. We’ll help you from start to finish, all while giving you the support you need during your time of loss.
Choosing a Final Resting Place
Like funeral services, there are many options when it comes to choosing a loved one’s final resting place. We can help you decide which option is best for your family.
First you’ll need to choose between cremation and burial and then determine where and how your loved will be laid to rest. Both buried and cremated remains can be placed above ground or below it.
This traditional type of burial involves burying a casketed loved one in a cemetery and marking the spot with a headstone or monument. Many families buy adjoining plots so they may be buried next to their loved ones.
Above Ground Burial
Above ground burials involve entombing a deceased loved one in a mausoleum. A mausoleum can be public or private and can contain the remains of one or more people.
Cremated remains can be buried underground, placed in an above ground vault or columbarium, stored in a commemorative urn, scattered on private property, or used to make everything from jewelry to glass.
Planning a Service
There are many types of funeral services, each with their own rites and traditions, and you may not be sure which option to choose. We can help you plan a service that honors your loved one and gives your family the closure they need.
Traditional Funeral Services
Traditional funerals are generally held at churches, chapels, or funeral homes, and the deceased is present in an open or closed casket. The funeral may be preceded by a viewing or visitation and conclude with a procession to a cemetery. A commemorative graveside service may follow.
Memorial services typically take place in the same locations as traditional funerals, but the deceased is not present, though an urn with the cremated remains might be.
Non-commemorative funerals are immediate burials or cremations that do not include a formal ceremony of any kind. This kind of handling is also known as immediate disposition.
Taking Care of the Final Details
Planning a loved one’s funeral and settling their estate can be overwhelming, especially in times of shock and grief. We’ll help you whenever needed to ensure everything is taken care of.
After your loved one’s passing, we’ll meet for a funeral arrangement consultation. In this one to two-hour meeting, we’ll help you complete the information needed for your loved one’s death certificate and finalize the burial or cremation. To do this, we’ll need legal and vital information documents and other personal items.
Once we have the documents we need, we’ll prepare the death certificate at our funeral home; get it signed by the physician, coroner, or medical examiner; and then file it with the Office of Vital Records. Certified copies of the death certificate may be necessary for access to life insurance proceeds, retirement benefits, bank accounts, stocks and bonds, real estate, and other assets.
If possible, please bring the following items belonging to the deceased:
- Social Security Card
- Driver’s license, passport or other form of ID
- Military discharge papers (form DD214)
- Recent photograph
Below you’ll find a list of links that will help you in the process of settling a loved one’s estate.
Probate courts deal with the property and debts of people who have died and determine how the person’s assets should be allotted.
The Social Security Administration and Veterans Administration distribute appropriate benefits after a person dies.
Funeral Arrangements Options
For more details on the different options, view the below pages.