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Pedlar's FAQs

1. What does a Funeral Director Do?
 
2. What is the significance of a funeral service?
 
3. How much does a funeral cost?
 
4. Is everything included in the price given to me by the funeral home?
 
5. Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?
 
6. How many types of caskets exist, and why are some more expensive than others?
 
7. What is embalming and is it necessary before services are held?
 
8. Are special cremation containers and caskets available?
 
9. Are the services held before or after cremation?
 
10. What happens to the cremated remains?
 
11. Must a person deal with a memorial society to obtain a reasonably-priced funeral?
 
12. Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
 

Question #1What does a Funeral Director Do?
Answer:It has been estimated that over 136 individual activities must take place in order for one funeral to be conducted. The funeral director is actually an organizational specialist.

Here is a condensed list of some of the more visible activities of a typical funeral director:

Removal and transferring the deceased from place of death to funeral home

Profesional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, casketing and cosmetology

Conduct a complete consultation with family members to gather necessary information and discuss specific arrangements for a funeral

File all certificates, permits, affidavits, and authorizations, as may be required

Aquire a requested amount of certified copies of the death certificate needed to settle the estate of the deceased

Compile an obituary and place in newspapers of a family's choice

Make arrangements with a family's choice of clergy person, church, music, etc.

Make arrangements with cemetery, crematory, or other place of disposition.

The providing of a register book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and acknowledgements, as requested by a family

Offer the assistance of notifying relatives and friends. Arrange for clergy honorariums, music, flowers, death certificates, obituaries, additional transportation, etc.

Care and arrangement of floral pieces and the post funeral distrubtion as directed by a family.

Arrange for pallbearers, automobiles, and special services(fraternal or military) as requested by a family

Care and preservation of all floral cards, mass cards, or other memorial contributions presented to the funeral home.

Your funeral director, with his/her staff personnel, will direct the funeral in a most professional manner, and be in complete charge of the funeral procession to the cemetery or other place of disposition.

Assist a family with social security, veterans insurance, and other death benefits

A post funeral meeting, by the funeral director, with a family, to deliver such things as the register book, floral and mass cards, and to ascertain whether or not he/she can be of further assistance.

Question #2What is the significance of a funeral service?
Answer:From the beginning of recorded history, societies have honored those who died with a traditional ceremony. According to beliefs at that time, the purpose of the ritual was to send the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife.

Today, however, many experts agree that the benefits of a service are for those who are left behind after a death. A "closure" of sorts must occur to help survivors adjust to their loss and recognize that a death has occurred. A funeral service provides the opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the life that was lived and allow the healing process to begin.

Question #3How much does a funeral cost?
Answer:Funeral costs vary depending on the funeral home and type of service selected. There are two types of costs associated with a funeral: (1) services provided by the funeral home and (2) merchandise such as a casket or urn.

Question #4Is everything included in the price given to me by the funeral home?
Answer:All charges involving the funeral home's services and merchandise are available from our professional staff. We will provide a general price list with all charges.

Question #5Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?
Answer:Yes. Today, prearrangement and prepayment of funerals are becoming more common. Advance planning will provide you with more time to review your options and give you a choice in your own funeral service. It will also provide you with the peace of mind that everything has been taken care of, relieving your family of the emotional and financial decisions that often comes with making arrangements when a loved one passes away. Oftentimes, making arrangements in advance also guarantees a service and funeral at today's prices, free from inflation. James L. Pedlar Funeral Home, we will assist you with your prearrangements.

Question #6How many types of caskets exist, and why are some more expensive than others?
Answer:Caskets are made of either metal (bronze, copper or steel) or wood. Prices vary, depending on the exterior and interior materials used. Bronze, a semi-precious metal, is more expensive than steel. Mahogany, a rare hardwood, is more expensive than the readily available softwood pine.

Question #7What is embalming and is it necessary before services are held?
Answer:Embalming is the preservation of a deceased's remains. It is not required by law, but is common practice when a viewing is planned.

Question #8Are special cremation containers and caskets available?
Answer:James L. Pedlar Funeral Home offers a wide variety of cremation caskets and alternative containers for cremation, to meet each family's needs.

Question #9Are the services held before or after cremation?
Answer:Services are held at the discretion of the family. Many choose to have a traditional service first, followed by the cremation.

Question #10What happens to the cremated remains?
Answer:There are many options to consider with a cremation. A family can choose to bury the remains in a cemetery, store and display them at home in an urn, or scatter them in a place special to the deceased. It is advisable to check local restrictions on scattering remains on public property and obtain permission for private property.

Question #11Must a person deal with a memorial society to obtain a reasonably-priced funeral?
Answer:No, Any funeral director will provide a funeral to meet the wishes and circumstances of all. Most important, no family or indivdual is required to pay a membership fee. Further, the family may select their own funeral home, not that the memorial society has designated.

Question #12Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Answer:Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation period and a funeral service

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