FAQ's

We will assist your family in planning a funeral and choosing the options that suit your family's needs and your loved one's wishes.

What is the purpose of a funeral?

Funerals provide surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to recognize the death of a loved one, and to share thoughts and feelings about that person. Funerals are the first step in the healing process. The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many benefits including:

  • Providing a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that death is part of life
  • Integrating the bereaved back into the community
  • Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Providing a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
  • Reaffirming one's relationship with the person who died
  • Providing a time to say good-bye
It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.

What do funeral directors do?

Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased.

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.

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming is a surgical procedure, that is performed by a licensed practitioner, for the purpose of disinfecting, and preserving a human remains for viewing and /or funeral services. Embalming sanitizes and preserves the deceased, retards the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of someone disfigured by traumatic death or illness. 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.

Is embalming required by law?

No. Most states, however, require embalming when death is caused by a reportable contagious disease or when a deceased is to be transported from one state to another by common carrier, or if final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours.

What information is needed when I come to make arrangements for a deceased family member?

  1. 1. Legal name and address
  2. 2. Parents name, and their birthplace (for mother, will need her maiden name)
  3. 3. Marital Status
  4. 4. Date of birth
  5. 5. City, State/ and County(Parrish) of birth
  6. 6. Social security number
  7. 7. Occupation and type of industry
  8. 8. Educational information
  9. 9. List of survivors and their relationship
  10. 10. Veteran status
  11. 11. Cemetery information
  12. 12. Burial/Life insurance policy
  13.  

If cremation is chosen, can you still have a funeral?

Yes, a funeral service can be held first, and cremation can follow. Cremation is the second most common form of disposition and can be chosen due to cost, religious belief, or ethnic background.

Is a funeral or memorial service always held in a funeral home or place of worship?

No. As long as local laws permit it, a funeral service can be held anywhere- from a local park to a boat at sea! A service can usually be held at any location that family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. The funeral director will be able to advise you on regulations and help you plan the funeral.  

What are burial vaults and graveliners?

These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed. Burial vaults are typically made of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, cooper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass. A graveliner is a lightweight version of a vault which simply keeps the grave surface from sinking in.

Must I purchase a burial vault?

In most areas, including South Carolina, local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries do require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink.

What if I made pre-arrangements at another funeral home?
You can ALWAYS move your prearrangements. This is your money, and your decision. Come by and talk with Jody about how he can help you with this.