Why should I prearrange my funeral or burial?

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When you plan ahead, you will be able to compare the many options available. You will be able to compare the services, the products and the prices among different companies. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements, and the form of Continue Reading...

How can I help a child deal with the death of a loved one?

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Children grieve just as adults do. Any child old enough to form a relationship will experience some form of grief when a relationship is severed. Adults may not view a child behavior as grief as it is often demonstrated in behavioral patterns which we misunderstand and do not appear to us to be Continue Reading...

What happens during the cremation process?

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The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately, 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation.The residue which is left is bone fragments, known as Continue Reading...

Is embalming necessary for cremation?

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No. It is your choice. It may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body with an open casket, or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length Continue Reading...

Can I take the cremated remains home?

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Yes. The remains are normally placed in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suitable for placement on a mantle or shelf. Urns are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.(Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue Reading...

Are there special cremation caskets?

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There is a choice of very affordable cremation caskets that are completely combustible. The selection includes options from a plain cardboard container to a hardwood casket.(Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue Reading...

Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?

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No, cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition.(Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue Reading...

Is a funeral or memorial service always held in a funeral home or place of worship?

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A service can usually be held at any location that family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. We can assist with arranging a meaningful service wherever you feel it would be appropriate.(Source: ICCFA FAQs: http://consumer.iccfa.com/faq) Continue Reading...

Can a function less formal than a funeral or memorial service be arranged?

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A Memorial Reception or Gathering of Friends is a less formal event. It allows family and friends to share their loss and share treasured memories of the deceased. These gatherings may include light refreshments and can be held at any appropriate location, including the funeral home, a park, a Continue Reading...

May I make all the necessary arrangements in advance?

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Yes, usually all arrangements may be made in advance. When you plan ahead, you will be able to consider the many options available. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements, and the form of memorial you prefer.You will be able to make Continue Reading...

What are the different types of burial caskets?

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Most caskets are made of either wood or metal. Metal caskets are made of either bronze, copper, steel or stainless steel. Wood caskets are available in a variety of types of wood. Interiors of caskets are usually made with velvet or crepe; however, other materials may be available.(Source: ICCFA Continue Reading...

What are burial vaults and graveliners?

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These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed. Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket, and may be made of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass. A graveliner is a lightweight Continue Reading...