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What do I do when someone dies?
When a death occurs at home, the first person that should be contacted is the treating doctor. For legal reasons, a doctor or the coroner must sign a death certificate.
What options does someone have when a death occurs?
When death occurs; many decisions are required to be made in a fairly short amount of time. The biggest decision is what option do we choose as the final disposition of our loved one’s remains; Burial or Cremation? After this decision has been made concerning the disposition, the services and visitation can be planned, newspaper stories prepared, priests, ministers, musicians, and the columbary or cemetery notified and other components of the funeral process finalized.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us. If you request immediate assistance, one of our professionals will be there within the hour. However, if the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good bye, it's acceptable. Then they will come when your time is right.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death.
What is the purpose of a funeral?
Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the death, funerals are the first step in the healing process. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:
Providing a social support system for the bereaved
It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.
What types of funeral services exist?
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.
Can I personalize my funeral service?
Yes you can. After all, the funeral is a commemoration of a life well lived. Our Funeral Directors will be more than willing to discuss all options and ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes. It may be personalized in many unique ways.
What are some special touches that can be incorporated to truly personalize a funeral?
Our Funeral Directors are at the forefront of offering families personalized services that do justice to their loved ones. We will bring to your attention a number of opportunities for personalizing your loved one's funeral and the experience of those attending it. Just some ideas that might suit your family include:
A dove, balloon or butterfly release
A gift of a potted plant to all attendees
A motorcade of interesting vehicles
Having a beloved pet present during a suitable part of the service
A bagpiper or live jazz band to play at the end of the ceremony
A unique location for part of the service
Inviting attendees to paint a large vase, plate or canvas with a symbol or words that meant something to them personally
A memory basket that people can drop a note into of their favorite memory. These can later be printed in a special coffee table book along with photos of your loved one
An honor guard at the end of the funeral made up of grandchildren, friends from sport/work/associations or other special people
At THE ASCENSION, it is our deep desire to have you experience a truly special funeral, one that will help you on your way to healing. We would be honored to share our ideas with you and help you implement yours.
How much does a funeral cost? Is cremation less expensive than burial?
The cost of a funeral depends on the type of service chosen, either in Chapel or in a Church, at the Graveside or Crematorium Chapel. We service all cemeteries and crematoriums, but prices do vary, and detailed quotes are available on request.
Our Funeral Directors can guide you through the planning process, explaining the services available and the costs involved.
You can make an appointment to meet at our office or you may wish to discuss the details in your own home, whichever you find more convenient.
Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service. We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or a memorial service.
Can we have a funeral if we are choosing cremation?
Yes, and this is often recommended by grief counselors and families who have experienced a loss. Cremation (like burial) is a separate event from a funeral or memorial service. Selecting cremation does not diminish the important need for some type of gathering that will honor and celebrate the life of your loved one. Your friends and family can come together either before or after the cremation has taken place. Your family may choose to have a visitation prior to cremation or a service with or without your loved one’s cremated remains (ashes) present.
Are the services held before or after cremation?
Gatherings of any type (visitations, memorial services, etc.) can be held at your family’s discretion. The gathering is a place and time for your family and friends to come together to celebrate special memories of your loved one and to support each other during your time of loss. Many choose to have a traditional service first, followed by the cremation. Others hold a memorial service at some point before or after the cremation.
Does the disposition of cremation cost less than burial?
Cremation disposition can cost less. When the disposition of cremation is chosen, most families have their loved one prepared for a traditional afternoon period of visitation at the funeral home followed by the funeral service and or Mass; normally the next day. Instead of leaving the place of service in a procession to the place of burial; the family oftentimes gathers for a meal and additional time of reflecting. After the cremation has been completed, most families gather at a convenient time, for the burial of the cremated remains. The burial of the Urn allows for permanent marking of a grave just as the permanent marking of a traditional burial site. This type of service allows families to retain traditional service values while accomplishing the desired disposition of cremation
What do Funeral irectors do?
Funeral Directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body.
Can you help with Floral Arrangements?
Definitely, they are a very important part of the funeral and your Arranger is experienced in the wide variety of options available. Flowers and plants can fill the air with their scent, fill the eye with beauty and help create a warm atmosphere at the funeral service for your loved one.
The flowers you choose might reflect your loved one's favorite blooms, be of a special color, or have a special significance to your family. They are often placed throughout the chapel, with a special arrangement placed on top of the coffin.
You may even like us to organize a gift of a small potted flower or plant for each mourner, so they can take it home to plant in their own garden. This is another way THE ASCENSION helps you personalize the funeral service and a lovely way of helping people remember your loved one.
What should I include in a eulogy?
The Eulogy is a very special funeral tradition that enables us to remember, respect and rejoice in the life of our loved one. The Eulogy is often the heart of the funeral, it makes people laugh, it makes people cry. It is where we pay tribute to our loved one, remembering their unique personality, their achievements, and their greatest loves.
A eulogy might start with the speaker sharing a favorite memory of their time with your loved one and will then go on to weave a story of your loved one's life. Many people choose a close family member or friend to write the eulogy, while others have us help them prepare it so a celebrant can do the delivery. This is a personal decision for your family and we are happy to help guide you based on your wishes.
Your first step should be to collect the facts, such as age, family information including children and marriages, places lived, career information, etc.
Think about the person you're remembering. What stories come to mind? What kinds of stories or quotes capture their personality? It's a great idea to talk with other friends and family, so their thoughts can be included as well.
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