We would like to provide you with a brief overview of the funeral process, what needs to happen from this point on, and what to expect in the coming days.
The funeral process first begins with the selection of a funeral home. You must choose a funeral home that feels comfortable and right for you and who's staff will treat you with compassion and sensitivity. The staff here are caring professionals and you can trust us to take care of your needs.
Once you choose a Funeral Home, the close family sits down with the funeral director at the funeral home to discuss what is going to be involved. Once arrangements have been finalized and a date for the funeral set, there is the private visitation with the closest family, followed by a regular visitation for the public.
The next day, the memorial service takes place. Directly after the memorial service, the deceased is taken in a hearse, proceeded by all who attended the memorial service, to arrive at their final resting place. The burial site has already been prepared, and a few words are spoken over the casket. At this point, people can have one last viewing before the casket is closed and lowered into the grave. Usually, after this, a luncheon for guests takes place.
Cremation is an option that is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to traditional burial. With cremation there are more otions to choose from because there is typically no actual burial. Cremation ceremonies can be just about the same as a traditional funeral, with a memorial service held after the cremation. If the deceased had a small family (which is a popular reason for cremation), members can come together at the memorial to say their goodbyes. But the options after the service a varied based on the wished of deceased and the ashes can be taken care of afterwards in many different ways.
HONORING YOUR BELOVED VETERANS
Every honorably discharged United States Veteran is entitled to an American flag, a cemetery marker and a military honors service which can take place at the funeral home, church or cemetery. Upon receiving a copy of the your loved ones DD214 (military discharge papers.) We contact the appropriate branch of service to plan for the Military Honors. This service often entails the playing of Taps and two military personal folding the American flag which is a gift from the United States Government. We file all necessary paper work for all these benefits to make this difficult time and easier.
COUNTY BURIAL BENEFITS AND FEDERAL BURIAL
If the late veteran was receiving United States Department of Veterans Affairs compensation, pension or passed away in a VA Health Care Facility or a VA Contracted Nursing Home, then he or she is entitled to the Federal Burial Benefit of $600.00, along with other possible entitlements. If this was not the case then there is no federal entitlement.
We provide an U.S. Government Marker for the Veteran who is discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, as well as a Presidential Memorial Certificate from the White House, signed by the current President.
To qualify for the county burial benefit, the veteran must have had ninety days wartime service, be honorably discharged and a resident of
When coming to our office to apply for the Federal Burial Benefit please provide the following documents: Certified Death Certificate, Veteranís DD-214 or Discharge Papers, Marriage License (if applicable), itemized funeral bill and receipt for plot or cremation.
When coming to our office to apply for the County Burial Benefit, please provide the following documents: Certified Death Certificate, Veteranís DD-214, Marriage License (if applicable), and an itemized funeral bill.
Starting January1, 2004 any veteran who resides in