Can I have a burial on my own private land?
Each state, city and county has its own regulations regarding this. You should check with each individual agency (including real estate use rules) within the county of your residence. Most people choose an established cemetery because of location or family heritage. However, if you choose to use your private property as a cemetery, you should consider what impact it may have on your land in the future.
Can you help me arrange for cemetery property and cemetery services?
Yes. Our staff is very familiar with all of the cemeteries in our area and can help you arrange for a permanent memorial at any of these cemeteries. We can also assist you with the custom design of personal memorial markers and headstones.
Do you own and operate your own certified crematory?
We have affiliate “on-site” crematories in Lincoln County and in Portland. This assures no other third party involvement or special out of town transport costs. While many other funeral homes rely on “out of town” facilities to conduct the cremation and then return the ashes to them, we rarely do that unless absolutely necessary. Our affiliated qualified staff and technicians operate certified crematories. Our affiliate crematories are licensed and inspected by specialized regulators and the DEQ. We allow you to accompany your loved one to the crematory, if requested. You may also arrange for a private inspection of the crematory operations or funeral home facilities.
What do ashes look like & what are they placed in?
The back of our CREMATION AUTHORIZATION form fully explains the cremation process. The appearance is a grayish white and somewhat like that of crushed seashells or course sand. The quantity is generally the size of a 6 x 6 x 6 inch small box. The weight is approximately 5-6 lbs. After initial removal from the crematory chamber, they are finally processed with specialized equipment and then placed into a temporary transport container, a standard urn or a specially designed permanent urn. Following that, the urn is generally placed at in a permanent memorial at a cemetery or specially designed cremation garden or mausoleum or scattered at an appropriate and meaningful location.
What should my family do when I pass away?
If you have made “advance planning” arrangements, our funeral home should always be called first. Your instructions will be carried out at that time. If a death occurs in a medical facility or nursing home, generally they will hold the body until our staff arrives. If a death occurs outside of a medical facility or nursing home, such as at home, we will contact the medical examiner and your doctor in order to assure all applicable procedures are followed.
How long is it before the body is removed from the place of death?
Generally within an hour or two after we are contacted, however this time can vary greatly depending upon the location and circumstances of death.
Who removes the body from the place of death?
Generally, a member or affiliate of our own specially trained staff, however under certain circumstances a representative from the medical examiner’s office or an ambulance will perform this service.
Where does the body go?
Generally, the body is taken directly to one of our affiliate cremation centers for holding "in our care" until funeral or cremation arrangements have been made. However, under certain circumstances the body may be taken to the medical examiner’s office prior to being taken to the funeral home.
Must I use your funeral home chapel or facilities as the place for the service?
No. But from a convenience and economic standpoint, many families prefer to have the service at one of our affiliated chapels or small gathering rooms. Our affiliates have large or small gathering rooms and modern audio video equipment for your use. Some families choose to have a funeral or memorial service at their church, fraternal lodge or other meaningful and appropriate location. We can assist you in making any of these arrangements.
Can you assist me in custom designing a more personalized funeral or memorial service?
Yes. We specialize in this and believe that a funeral or memorial service should be a time to pay tribute and celebrate one's life at the same time. Each person has lived their own life individually and each person's funeral or memorial service can and should reflect that. When properly and appropriately designed, a personalized funeral or memorial service is a very meaningful and powerful experience.
If my arrangements have been recorded in advance, will it be necessary for my family to come to the funeral home?
The funeral home will always review your instructions and proceed appropriately. Generally, your family will notify the funeral home and give us instructions to proceed in accordance with your “advance planning” arrangements. They may (or may not) want to come to the funeral home. Final instructions may also be given via fax, email or, if necessary, our representative can deliver documents to your home for final review and signatures.
How many copies of the death certificate do I need?
This depends upon your individual circumstances. Generally, you will need one for each insurance policy and possibly one for each bank account. The cost varies with each individual county. Our staff will assist you in determining the amount you will need and facilitate the order for them on your behalf.
Am I required to place a notice in the newspaper?
No, however many people want to place either a “notice” or a formal “obituary” in their local newspaper. We can also assist you in placing “life stories” or obituaries online through our website.
Are there any special procedures I should follow if a person’s death is imminent?
Yes, it is very important for you to notify us of this when you are requesting information ahead of time. It is generally easier for you to gather information prior to the actual time of need. Pricing and service information is readily available at any of our offices or over the phone or email.
If I am a veteran, will they take care of all the arrangements?
Generally, this is not the case. The Veterans Administration is not affiliated with any funeral home or cemetery other than the official “Veterans Cemetery” . Unless a person dies while in active military duty , the Veterans Administration generally does not pay for all of the funeral and burial expenses. However, there are certain benefits the veteran may be eligible for. Our staff can assist you in this area. For further information click here for the Veterans Administration website.
Will Social Security take care of all the arrangements?
Generally, this is not the case either. There is a “single pay” amount which may or may not be available in the amount of $255, however it is only paid to a surviving spouse. Living in the same household, or minor children. For further information you may click here for the Social Security Administration website.
If I am an organ donor, will the funeral home need to be called?
Most organ donations take place at a medical facility. However, a funeral home would still need to be notified. If you arranged for your funeral or cremation in advance, we would record your wishes in your permanent “advance planning” record at our funeral home.
Can your funeral home take care of my pet?
We can assist you in recommending a reputable pet crematory. However, if your pet was cremated and you wish to deliver the ashes to us, they can be placed in a permanent memorial (either separately or with you) at one of our mausoleum or cemetery locations.
If my family is far away, can the funeral or memorial services be arranged for a later date?
Yes, this is always possible with cremation, however if the body is to be buried or entombed, there generally is a funeral or memorial tribute scheduled within 7-10 days.