These are some of the most commonly asked questions about funerals and cremation services. We hope this information will be both educational and helpful.
How many Death Certificates will I need?
That can vary based on your individual circumstances. Death Certificates are issued by the State or Parish Registrar where the death occurred. Each state will have their own fees for Certified Death Certificates. The following lists the most common transactions requiring certified death certificates.
- Probating the will
- Filing life insurance (each policy will need a copy)
- Changing property deeds or titles
- Selling property owned by your loved one
- Succession planning
It is usually beneficial to order a few extra copies for unexpected needs. Photocopies are usually not acceptable for legal purposes.
How can I place an obituary notice?
Why do we need an obituary notice?
Who will notify the Social Security Administration (SSA)?
Does the Veterans Administration ever pay for funerals?
What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
Funeral Services FAQs
What type of service should I have?
Can I personalize the funeral service?
Why should we have a public viewing?
What is the purpose of embalming?
Is embalming mandatory by law?
How much does a funeral cost?
Funeral costs have increased no faster than the consumer price index for other consumer items. Similar to other family events, the type and cost of funerals vary according to the preferences, traditions and budget of the consumer. In addition, a funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, hearses, etc.). These expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. The cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets and urns, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements; filing appropriate forms; dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers; and seeing to all the necessary details.
Through Simple Traditions by Johnson, you will save at least $1,400 over traditional funeral home arrangements by making your selections online and providing the personal and obituary information necessary.
What is cremation?
How long does it normally take to complete a cremation?
Can two cremations be performed at once?
What happens following cremation?
What will the cremated remains look like?
Are all the cremated remains returned?
What assurance is there that cremated remains I receive will be those of my loved one?
Do I have to select an urn?
What can be done with the cremated remains?
If you decide to keep the cremated remains, a wide variety of decorative urns are available to honor the lifestyle, values and religious preferences of the individual or the family. There are also smaller, “keepsake” urns which enable the cremated remains to be divided and kept by various family members. Most recently, special “keepsake” jewelry is being designed and crafted in a variety of styles and materials. All have been designed to hold a small portion of the cremated remains.
If the cremated remains are to be buried, special burial urn vaults are available to protect and secure the urn containing the cremated remains. Although not required by state law, some cemeteries require some type of urn vault. We also offer special urns designed for scattering of remains, if desired.
Can I have a service with cremation?
Is embalming required before cremation?
Can there be a viewing without embalming?
Is a casket necessary for cremation?
Who authorizes the cremation?
- Self (if allowed by state law)
- Any person designated in a written instrument signed by the decedent (if allowed by state law)
- Child/Children of legal age
- Sibling(s) of legal age
- Other adult persons in the next degree of kinship in order named by law to inherit the estate.