Eagle Funeral Homes has complied this list of commonly asked questions with answers to provide guidance
as you make some of your most difficult decisions. If you have a question that is not answered here please ask us.
What is the purpose of a funeral?
A funeral in its simplest sense is a tribute to your loved one's life. It provides an environment where family and friends can remember, tell stories, and celebrate his/her life. It is also for the survivors. It gives survivors a chance to begin to deal with their grief. It also gives survivors a way to honor and celebrate the life of the one they have loved. It is the customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.
What funeral service options are available?
There are three basic funeral options the first being the traditional earth burial. Second is cremation, which is the process of returning the body to ashes. The final option is entombment in a crypt, which may be in a mausoleum.
Why have public visitation?
Visitation for friends and family is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Visitation is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the their attendance is voluntary.
If death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend who should I call and will someone come right away?
Our Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you request immediate assistance someone will come. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good-bye, it's acceptable. We will come when your time is right.
If a loved one dies out of state, can your local Funeral Home still help?
Yes, we can assist you with out-of-state arrangements, either to transfer the remains to another state or from another state. We will work on your behalf directly with out of state funeral home.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body. In its simplest explanation, embalming is the process of replacing the body's fluids with a formaldehyde chemical to slow the effects of decomposition of the body after death.
Embalming 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.
What do funeral directors 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.
Funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.
The funeral director is actually an organizational specialist handling all of the funeral activities including these more visible activities.
• Removal and transferring the deceased from place of death to Funeral Home.
• Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming preparation, restorative art, dressing, hairdressing, 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.
• Acquire 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.·
• Care and arrangement of floral pieces and the post funeral distribution 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-related claims.
• 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.
What is cremation and can we still have a visitation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the body to ashes through the application of intense heat using a special type of furnace known as a cremation chamber or retort. Before the remains are returned to the family, they are usually transferred to an urn for permanent containment.
Even if cremation is desired, a visitation with the body still present is not only possible, but for many families they have found it to be very helpful as they are moving through their grief. You may have open casket calling hours (wake), a funeral service in a church, or other traditional funeral options, and still use cremation as a form of disposition.
What is the benefit of working with a family owned funeral home?
Our family owned and operated funeral homes are better prepared to provide service and facilities in your time of need. We are staffed by funeral professionals who live and work in your community, and we derive a great deal of satisfaction out of providing our service for you.We are knowledgeable of local traditions and have served many of our client families for three generations.
Should I consider pre-arranging a funeral service?
Prearranging is a very smart choice. There are many benefits. Pre-arrangement is not a preoccupation with death; it gives our ideas special attention since your funeral will most directly affect your family, it is essential to include their suggestions in your plans.