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Funeral Director FAQ



As licensed funeral directors, one of the most important things we do is provide answers to the families we serve. Below are answers to frequently asked questions.

Q – As a veteran, what benefits are my family entitled to upon my death?


A – A.) If served during wartime (doesn't have to be overseas)

  • Flag for burial
  • $100 County VA benefit
  • 10 death certificates
  • Granite or bronze marker
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate(s)

B.) If retired from armed services

  • All of the benefits listed above in A and…
    + Federal monetary benefit to be determined by how many years of service

C.) If service related disability (must have a VA Claim #)

  • All of the benefits listed above in A and…
    + Federal monetary benefit to be determined by percent disability

D.) If served during non-war time

  • Flag for burial
  • 10 death certificates
  • Granite or bronze marker
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate(s)

Click here to learn more about Veteran’s benefits.

Q - What are the survivor's benefits from Social Security upon death?

A –
A.) If there is a surviving spouse - $255.


B.) If there are children under 18 - monthly benefit TBD by the Social Security Administration - until out of college.

C.) If there is a dependent child or disabled child - monthly benefit TBD by the Social Security Administration - for the life of the disabled child.

Click here to learn more about Social Security survivor benefits.

Q – I’ve been asked to give the eulogy. What should I say?

A – The eulogy doesn’t have to cover every aspect of the person’s life, however. In fact, often the best eulogies are those that focus on the eulogy-giver’s personal thoughts and memories. Try to acknowledge those who were closest to the person who died as well as important achievements in the person’s life, but don’t feel obligated to create an exhaustive biography.

Keep in mind that this is the time to give thanks for a person’s life and to honor his or her memory. This is not the time to bring up painful or difficult memories but to emphasize the good we can find in all people.

Click here to learn more about writing eulogies.


Q – I’d like to be cremated. Can I still have a funeral service?

 



A – Yes, you may also choose to hold funeral services in conjunction with cremation. Prior to cremation, you may elect to hold funeral services that may include a private viewing, public visitation and/or religious service. Another option is to hold a memorial service after cremation. Depending on your wishes, the services can contain traditional or contemporary elements to suit your personal wishes.

Click here to learn more about cremation options.