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It is common to have questions about the funeral process. This section answers some commonly asked questions to help make this process easier for you. If additional questions arise, please feel free to contact us directly at the funeral home.

What is a Funeral Service?
A funeral is a ceremony, with a casket present, for a deceased person, prior to burial or cremation.  (Yes, a funeral can happen with a casket and visitation prior to cremation). A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories, and to celebrate their life.  A funeral is a vital first step in helping the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What is a Memorial Service?
A Memorial Service is without a casket present.  Often after cremation.  The urn can be present at the service, but it is not necessary.  We encourage you to personalize your loved one's service by bringing in items like golf clubs, lineman boots, favorite fishing poles, handmade quilts, art, guitar, etc.

What type of service should I have?
If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you, but it is best to consider what the deceased may have wanted.  Services are often held at a funeral home or a place of worship, however they can be held anywhere, your club house, the golf course or even your back yard.  Often services are called a Celebration of Life.  There is no one way to celebrate someone's life. We are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.  We are here to help with placing your obituary in the newspaper, memorial folders or memorial cards, a guest book and military funeral honors.  We also take your photos and a favorite song to make our Memorial DVDs.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?
 An obituary that is either posted in the newspaper and/or on-line,  lets the public know that a death has occurred, and provides them with information about the service.  Obituaries generally include the deceased’s name and birth date - date of passing.   It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children, or grandchildren.  
Our local Record-Bee offers a printed obituary that is less than 50 words with no picture at no charge.  They also provide one that is less than 100 words and can include a picture for $65.00, however it will not be included in the legacy website.
Our local LakeCoNews.com online newspaper publishes obituaries with or without pictures of any length at no charge.
If you email us your obituary and let us know what day you would like to see it in the paper, we will submit it to the papers for you.

Who are Arrangement Counselors and what do they do?
Arrangement Counselors are in charge of all the logistics following a death.  They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for services that might include scheduling the cemetery, confirming the officiant, scheduling military funeral honors, ordering the casket and pallbearer boutonnieres, and preparing memorial folders or cards and a guest book. We take very careful notes to put into action the choices made by the family.  Beyond all of this, Arrangement Counselors are there to provide emotional support and personal guidance.

What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are here to help. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

What if a death occurs away from my home town?
We can make the proper arrangements to have your loved one transported back home from anywhere in the world.  
If the death occurs within 8-10 hours away from Lake County, often we will send one of our family support team to bring your loved one home.  The same goes for transporting to a cemetery for a service 8 to 10 hours away from Lake County.
We can also make arrangements to send a loved one anywhere across the country and to other countries.  We are very proficient with all of the documents necessary for shipping to Mexico.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body. It also slows down the decomposition process and can enhance the appearance of a body.  Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows for the possibility of a public open-casket viewing.

How much does a casket burial cost?
The cost of a casket burial depends on the services selected.  The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$8,000, much of that depends on the casket you choose and the cemetery charges.    That estimate includes all professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of staff and facility for the ceremony, the purchase of a casket and local cemetery fees.

We are a full service mortuary.  We do traditional funerals and we have many packages available for cremation - traditional funeral with cremation after the services, cremation with a service and simple or (direct) cremation.