FUNERAL SERVICE AND BURIAL QUESTIONS
Q: Is embalming of the body required by law?
A: Except in special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary or preferable if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with a public visitation.
Q: Am I required to buy a burial vault (outer burial container)?
A: You are not required by law to purchase a burial vault. However, most cemeteries do require that you purchase an outer burial container in order to be buried properly. These cemeteries have established this requirement because vaults help to maintain the integrity of the grave by preventing the ground from sinking. We can assist you in determining whether or not the cemetery that you have selected requires an outer burial container.
Q: Who may serve the duties of being a pallbearer?
A: Pallbearing, also referred to as casket bearing, is considered to be an honor. Families may choose close family members or friends to serve as pallbearers for the deceased. Sometimes families do not have enough people to serve as pallbearers; in these cases the funeral home will provide as many pallbearers as needed.
Q: Should I attend the services?
A: Unless there is a notation in the obituary stating that services are private, family and friends are welcome to attend the services. If the time and location of the services are included in the funeral invitation, it is considered an invitation for the public to attend.
Q: Should I send flowers or make a donation?
A: Unless otherwise requested, it is appropriate to send flowers to the funeral home. Some families and individuals prefer that donations, in memory of their loved one, be made to a charity or charities designated by the deceased or their family. Information about the family's preference for flowers or donations will be listed in the newspaper obituary, for families that we are serving, under our obituaries link. You may also choose to send flowers to the family residence. This can be done either before the funeral service or in the days and weeks following the service.
Q: Can you arrange for military honors to be accorded to the deceased?
A: Yes. If the deceased is an honorably discharged veteran, we can make arrangements for the attendance of a military honor guard at the funeral services. We can also assist the family with making arrangements for veteran’s memorials, burial in veteran’s cemeteries and other veteran’s benefits for which the deceased is qualified.