Prearranged Funeral Services
Time surrounding deaths and funerals can be very difficult. The added burden of making the
many difficult decisions associated with a funeral can make these days even more stressful. We
offer this information to you at this difficult time. We hope that it will assist you in making
Because we have lived...we have funerals.
Few people enjoy discussing death, yet it is a very real fact of life. How we prepare for our own
eventual death or the death of a loved one often depends on how often we have discussed the
subject with those close to us. Careful preparation can ease the worry and concerns of those
around us when the family circle has been broken.
When properly prepared for, funerals become very important events for the living. Funerals set us
on the path to recovering from our sadness by helping us accept the reality of the death and
celebrate the life that was lived. Funerals give us the chance to accept the support of others.
Funerals give us a chance to say goodbye and begin to live our life without our loved one.
Funerals allow us the opportunity to tell the stories, to laugh, to cry.
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|"Our Family Serving Your Family"
|140 North Pickren Street
Salem, AR 72576
|Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00
Some practical things we can do to prepare ourselves and out loved ones:
Prepare a Last Will and Testament
It is sad to believe that many people leave no
will or have allowed their will to become
obsolete. It is a mistake to believe that only
those who have large estates would need a
will. Actually, low and middle income families;
or families where small children are involved
have the most difficulties if a loved one dies
without a will. Seek the advice of an attorney to
prepare your last will and testament.
Discuss Funeral Plans with a
In recent years there has been an increase in
prearranged funeral services. It is often
helpful to know what service and disposition
options are available. Choices made in
advance are often more informed and indeed
can be better decisions. Some families
choose to pre-pay all or part of a funeral in
Financial and Other Important
It is wise to let your spouse or next of kin know
a bit about your financial status. They should
be familiar with the location of your savings,
checking or brokerage accounts. Someone
should know the location of your will and be
aware of any special financial obligations you
When faced with all of the decisions
immediately after death occurs, it is valuable
to know where certain documents are located
and how to obtain them without difficulty.
These items might include:
- Social security number and records
- Birth certificate
- Marriage or divorce certificates
- Discharge from military service
- Savings and checking account
- Insurance policies
- Stocks and bonds
- Deeds or mortgage papers
- Pension or retirement account records
Provide Important Vital Statistics
The legal documents prepared after death require
certain information be included. It is wise to record
personal information such as parents' names,
mother's maiden name and your social security
number. Military discharges might need to be
accessed. Keep this information in a place where
the person who will be making your arrangements
can find it. Not having access to such information
can delay much of the important paperwork
associated with a death.
"The Traditional Funeral"
In most areas of the US, a traditional funeral
consists of some type of visitation or time for
family to receive friends. The deceased is
placed in a casket, which may be open or
closed. Following the visitation, a funeral
service takes place. The funeral may be held
in a funeral home, church or cemetery. While
most families select a service that is religious
in nature, secular services burial or cremation
may take place. If cremation is chosen, the
cremated remains are returned to the family
for placement in a grave, columbarium niche
or permanent retention.
Regardless of the type of service that is
chosen, it is important for the grief recovery
process to have some type of gathering to
receive the support of family and friends,
acknowledge that a death has occurred,
celebrate the life that has been lived and
begin living our life without the person who
The type of disposition we select for our body
actually has very little to do with the type of
funeral we select. The two main types of
disposition are burial of the body and
cremation. Making an anatomical donation
is considered an alternative.
expect to make at a funeral home:
- Select a clergy person and obtain
- Select a time and place for visitation
and funeral memorial services
- Select method of disposition
- Select a casket and vault or urn, and
- Notify cemetery and select grave space
- Contact fraternal or veteran
organization, if applicable
- Prepare an obituary or death notice for
- Select clothing for your deceased
- Select pallbearers
- Completion of many legal documents
Some things to think about in the
days that follow a funeral:
- Send thank you notes and
- Filing for benefits
- Veterans' benefits
- Social Security, Medicare
|No matter who you are...let your wishes be known.
One of the most common remarks funeral professionals hear is, "If he/she had just told us what they
wanted." Because death and funerals are not easy topics to discuss, many families never really know the
wishes of their loved ones.
You should take time to make a record of your wishes and thoughts as well as valuable information to help
those left behind make proper arrangements. Then, make sure your spouse, children or a trusted friend
has a copy of this information.