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TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND
 

IT IS YOUR RIGHT, and our desire, that you have as complete an understanding as possible regarding the cost of our services.

The biggest factor is the time element in the terms of our personnel and the use of the funeral home facilities. The maintenance of the service is unending: that is, it must be available 24 hours every day of the year. Therefore, ours is a 168 hour week and not the 40 hour week which is accepted standard.

Many phases of our work are apparent, others are not. The following analysis of some of these details will help you understand that no two funerals are alike. Traditions, customs, social standing, personal feeling, financial ability and service must conform to each individual famiily's wishes and their personal and religious needs.

Generally, funerals are divided into five categories.
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A. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES


1. Complete Arrangements, Supervision
and Direction of Funeral

a.- Meeting with the family to:
Secure vital statistic information
Obtain obituary information
Complete itemized cost arrangement
Select casket of their choice
Oversee all aspects of funeral
service

b.-Coordinate times of the following
services as needed:

Clergy
Fraternal Orginization
Hair dresser
Cemetery or Crematory
Vault Company
Lodges or other organizations
Veteran Association

c.-Complete Death Certificate with vital
statistic information

d.- Obtain the signature and medical
information from the attending
physician or medical examiner
(coroner)

e.- Files completed and signed
certificate with Registrar of Vital
Statitics in municipality where
the death occured and obtain as many
certified copies as necessary for
the family's needs.

f.- Call obituary information to all
newspapers requested by family

g.- Care for all flowers (deliver to
home or cemetery)

h.- Remove all flower cards and sympathy
cards for family to acknowledge

i.- Complete all necessary forms such as:

V.A. for flag
V.A. for allowance
V.A. for marker
Cemetery or Crematory
Social Security
State and Federal forms required by
law

j.- Answer all telephone calls- give
out funeral information to family,
friends,lodge members, buisness
associates, and florist with reguard
to funeral services to be held.


2.Preparation and Care of Deceased,
Including Embalming When Necessary

a.- Hygenically prepared to insure
protection to personnel and the
public

b.- Embalming

c.- Shampooing and Shaving

d.- Dressing and Casketing

e.- Applying cosmetics. Extra care
is necessary with reguard to
bruises, cuts, abrasions and
burns.

f.- Hairdressing (professional
hairdresser may be requested at
additional charge)


3. Professional Personnel

a.- Assist in all of the above items

b.- Arrange flowers for best appearance

c.- Have door attendant during all
visitations

d.- Assist in conducting the funeral
service according to the family's
wishes.

The above services require an average of
80 man-hours per funeral. The Licensed
Funeral Director is available following
the funeral services to assist the
family in filing all types of insurance
and government forms. In addition to
all of the above, there is a competent
and understanding person to answer
the telephone, 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year. A funeral home does not
close on weekends and holidays.


B. Use of Facilites

1. Fixed Overhead

This item is our monthly bills
totaled for the year and divided by
the number of services that were
held that year. Included in the
fixed overhead:

Taxes
Specialized Continuing Education
Surgical Instruments
Inventory pf Caskets
Maintenance of Autos
Stationary Supplies
Advertising and Promotions
Cleaning
House Cleaning and Supplies
Building Maintenance (complete)
Yard Maintenance
Utilities- light, heat, telephone,
air conditioning
Insurance-fire, theft, liability,
auto, casualty, workmen's comp.,
unemployment comp.

2. Funeral Home Facilities &
Equipment

This charge is made for time during
arrangements, visitation period(s)
and the day of the service. It is
used for Capital Improvement and any
other item not covered in the fixed
overhead.

3. Preparation Room for:

Embalming (when necessary)
Disinfection and Sanitation
Applying cosmetics
Dressing
Placing in Casket
Necessary Fluid and Supplies

C. Merchandise

1.Merchandise Includes:

a.- The casket of your choice

b.-The outside receptacle (vault) of
your choice. (Most cemeteries
require concrete recptacles.)

c.- Any clothing the family may
choose.

d.- The Memorial/Register Book

e.- Monuments

f.- Acknowledgements


D. Cash Disbursements

This represents all of the monies that
we may advance for you, such as
cemetery or crematory charges,
clergy honorariums, air
transportation, newspaper charges,
flowers, organist, certified copies
of the death certificate, funeral
programs, beautician and sales tax.
Most of these items must be paid in
advance, therefore, as a
convience,to the family, we may pay
them on your behalf.

E. Automotive

1. This Item Includes:

Complete cost for removal, funeral
coach, family car, limosine and
utility van for the families we
serve.

If you have any questions on this
information or any other aspects of
the funeral, feel free to call.(919)- 231- 1000

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