Obituaries

Kay Weaver
B: 1928-04-15
D: 2017-11-16
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Weaver, Kay
Nevillyn Newcomer
D: 2017-11-11
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Newcomer, Nevillyn
Ludwig Zoch
B: 1924-02-21
D: 2017-11-10
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Zoch, Ludwig
Vinh Pham
B: 1982-10-05
D: 2017-11-10
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Pham, Vinh
Thomas Brown
B: 1927-10-14
D: 2017-11-06
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Brown, Thomas
Aubrey Passafuma Sr.
B: 1925-10-14
D: 2017-11-06
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Passafuma Sr., Aubrey
Carol Ashley
B: 1944-11-12
D: 2017-11-05
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Ashley, Carol
Ed Langley
B: 1931-12-21
D: 2017-10-28
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Langley, Ed
Francis Rubeiro
B: 1942-01-25
D: 2017-10-18
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Rubeiro, Francis
Andrew Miller
B: 1930-11-05
D: 2017-10-16
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Miller, Andrew
Darlene Fisher
B: 1936-04-19
D: 2017-10-15
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Fisher, Darlene
Frank Poole
B: 1926-07-30
D: 2017-10-14
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Poole, Frank
Carolyn Grayson
B: 1954-04-19
D: 2017-10-11
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Grayson, Carolyn
Clinton Janac
B: 1926-03-08
D: 2017-10-11
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Janac, Clinton
Griffith Miller
B: 1942-02-23
D: 2017-10-07
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Miller, Griffith
Stanley Grandel Chelette
B: 1952-02-03
D: 2017-10-05
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Chelette, Stanley Grandel
Bernard LaFitte
B: 1927-06-13
D: 2017-10-02
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LaFitte, Bernard
Virginia Davila
B: 1956-09-21
D: 2017-10-02
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Davila, Virginia
SUE GIN
B: 1924-05-05
D: 2017-09-29
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GIN, SUE
Suzanne Angelo
B: 1948-07-01
D: 2017-09-23
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Angelo, Suzanne
Joe Walker
B: 1938-03-23
D: 2017-09-22
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Walker, Joe

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Cremation Services Frequently Asked Questions

We've listed some of the most common questions we hear on the subject of cremation for you here; if you don't see your specific question then we invite you to call us at 713.682.3663.

1. How long must I wait after the death of a loved one to begin cremation?
 
2. How much will I pay for cremation services?
 
3. Can I participate in some capacity in the cremation?
 
4. Can I purchase an urn from another source, or must I buy one from you?
 
5. What should I do with my loved one's ashes?
 
6. Does my loved one have to be embalmed if they will be cremated?
 
7. How long does the cremation process take?
 
8. What kind of fuel is used in the cremation process?
 
9. Is the deceased clothed when they are cremated?
 
10. Can I put special items in my loved one’s cremation casket?
 
11. Does this mean I don't need to plan a commemoration service?
 
12. I want to place my loved one's ashes in the care of a local cemetery. What is the difference between a mausoleum and a columbarium?
 
13. Can you tell me which type of service is right for me?
 
14. How much will cremation cost?
 
15. What additional fees or charges should I anticipate?
 
16. What are cash advance items?
 
17. Why am I required to pay for these items at the time of arrangement?
 
18. Can my loved one’s ashes by buried on cemetery grounds?
 
19. What documents or items do I need to bring to the funeral home?
 
20. Am I allowed to write my loved one’s obituary?
 
21. Should I ask mourners to not send flowers?
 

Question #1How long must I wait after the death of a loved one to begin cremation?
Answer:Cremation is irreversible, so we must be extra diligent in obtaining authorization from legal next of kin and medical agencies. Typically this takes 48-72 hours.

Question #2How much will I pay for cremation services?
Answer:Based on a variety of factors including services fees, cemetery fees, and vessel selection, it’s impossible to give an accurate generalized quote. We encourage you to ask candidly about cremation costs with your funeral director.

Question #3Can I participate in some capacity in the cremation?
Answer:Generally, the answer is yes, but the degree to which you may participate differs from crematory to crematory depending on their facilities and accommodations.

Question #4Can I purchase an urn from another source, or must I buy one from you?
Answer:You are guaranteed the right to purchase a cremation urn or casket from a third-party source by the FTC’s Funeral Rule guidelines; your funeral director may not charge an extra fee for using a third-party urn.

Question #5What should I do with my loved one's ashes?
Answer:There are many options available, and there are really no requirements or standard practices for keeping or distributing the ashes of deceased loved ones. It’s best to discuss possibilities among family members.

Question #6Does my loved one have to be embalmed if they will be cremated?
Answer:In short, no. However, if you wish to hold a viewing for mourners, embalming can be a good course of action prior to cremation in order to preserve a ‘lifelike’ appearance in your deceased loved one.

Question #7How long does the cremation process take?
Answer:Typically, the cremation process takes two to two and a half hours, followed by a cool-down period and processing for uniform appearance. Discuss presentation and cremation options with your funeral director.

Question #8What kind of fuel is used in the cremation process?
Answer:Usually natural or L.P. gas is used in cremation, though some crematories use diesel oil.

Question #9Is the deceased clothed when they are cremated?
Answer:It depends on the wishes of the family and the deceased; there is no requirement for the deceased to be wearing clothes when they are cremated.  

Question #10Can I put special items in my loved one’s cremation casket?
Answer:It depends on the item. Notes, children’s drawings, messages written on paper, flowers, etc. can generally be included, but it’s important to ask about specifics before beginning the cremation process.

Question #11Does this mean I don't need to plan a commemoration service?
Answer:No. Cremation is simply one option of end-of-life care; a commemoration service is for the living, in order to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Question #12I want to place my loved one's ashes in the care of a local cemetery. What is the difference between a mausoleum and a columbarium?
Answer:mausoleum is a freestanding building, whereas a columbarium features smaller niche spaces large enough for one or maybe two cremation urns.

Question #13Can you tell me which type of service is right for me?
Answer:Every family’s wishes and requirements are different, but your funeral director can help guide you through making these types of choices.

Question #14How much will cremation cost?
Answer:Every situation is different, but the total cost will be a combination of the professional services fee, the fee charged by the crematory, and additional charges related to transportation and safekeeping of the deceased prior to cremation.

Question #15What additional fees or charges should I anticipate?
Answer:Generally, you’ll want to prepare for third-party purchases such as obituaries, decorative urns, and personalized nameplates.

Question #16What are cash advance items?
Answer:A cash advance item is any merchandise or service provided by a third party and paid for on the purchaser’s behalf by the funeral provider. These items can include certain cemetery and crematory services, public transportation, pallbearers, flowers, clergy honoraria, singers or musicians, obituary notices, nurses, death certificates, and gratuities.

Question #17Why am I required to pay for these items at the time of arrangement?
Answer:These items are necessary for the commencement of crematory services, and as such must be provided up front.

Question #18Can my loved one’s ashes by buried on cemetery grounds?
Answer:Yes.

Question #19What documents or items do I need to bring to the funeral home?
Answer:You must provide the required documents and information for the death certificate, as well as any photographs or obituary information you may wish to be included in your loved one’s tribute and decoration of the ceremony location.

Question #20Am I allowed to write my loved one’s obituary?
Answer:Yes, anyone who was close to the deceased may write the obituary.

Question #21Should I ask mourners to not send flowers?
Answer:It depends on the wishes of the deceased, as well as family preference. Flowers are by no means a requirement.

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