What are the Costs? Do I need a Funeral Director?
The funeral is for the living. It helps the survivors face the reality of death. By acting as a ceremony of recognition the funeral gives testimony of the value of life.
By involving a planned activity the funeral provides friends and relatives a chance to express their support and love. This in turn fulfills the bereaved's need for support.
By allowing the clergy to be directly involved in the program, the funeral can reaffirm religious beliefs.
How can the Funeral Director help you?
The funeral director can answer many of your questions or concerns regarding the legal, financial and emotional aspects surrounding death. He is knowledgeable of the laws, customary procedures, and psychological considerations. This information can be especially helpful at the time of a death in the family, but often questions arise before the crisis situation. Feel free to contact us at the Eaton Funeral Home for answers to any related questions you might have.
A funeral director must be specifically trained and socially sensitive. Since the funeral director has had experience assisting people in dealing with their grief and also possesses an understanding of the proper coping techniques, he can assist you when a death occurs by listening to your concerns and offering counsel.
The funeral director also is able to handle all of the special technical arrangements for a funeral. He removes the deceased to the funeral home, prepares the body for viewing, and arranges for the burial site and the grave preparation. He then directs the funeral, giving attention to clergy, flowers, music, memorial programs, traffic, and various other details which might include obtaining legal documents and information on social security and veteran's benefits. The funeral director actually then cares for the deceased and is also actively involved in serving the families.
What costs are involved?
Professional services provided by the funeral home staff including counseling the bereaved, making funeral arrangements, organizing the visitation and viewing, and preparing the body; use of the funeral home facilities; use of motor equipment.
These costs will often vary considerably because of individual preferences; associated items, such as grave markers or clothing; an outside receptacle, such as a vault or graveliner; caskets, such as protective and non-protective. We are asked many times if we will take payments on the merchandise that is involved in a funeral. Unfortunately, the companies that make these products do not receive payments, so we do not.