Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I plan a funeral for my loved one? - A funeral or memorial is a customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are held for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process. They also give mourners a chance to share stories, create memories, fulfill religious beliefs & customs, participate in a support system, and gather at a peaceful place during a time of confusion and uncertainty.

 

What tasks are involved in arranging a funeral? - There can be as many as 200 tasks when planning a funeral. Many of them are listed below. Our Funeral Director will coordinate most of these for you, after meeting with you at a private consultation.

 

Obtain the signature of the attending physician, coroner or medical examiner on the required certificate; file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics where the death occurred.

 

Ensure compliance with government regulators

 

Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home (local or out of town)

 

Obtain family history

 

Make decisions regarding the remains of the deceased

 

Determine the budget (if funeral has not been pre-arranged)

 

Determine the funeral or memorial service location(s), such as church, chapel, or graveside

 

Plan for a viewing/visitation and determine open or closed casket

 

Choose the final resting place (cemetery, mausoleum, private land, etc.)

 

Make necessary arrangements with clergy, church and cemetery officials

 

Obtain certified copies of the death certificate, as necessary

 

Procure the burial permit and file with the cemetery

 

Select and purchase the casket, outer burial container or urn

 

Select a monument/marker

 

Order and schedule the delivery of all products/merchandise

 

Compose and submit newspaper and other media notices

 

Choose clothing & jewelry

 

Select poems, scripture, readings

 

Select music: taped, live musicians, etc.

 

Choose pallbearers

 

Arrange for transportation of the deceased

 

Secure flower/equipment trucks, as necessary

 

Purchase acknowledgment cards, register books, memorial folders, etc.

 

Purchase a door wreath & flowers

 

Arrange for family transportation

 

Complete social security papers and secure social security benefits

 

Secure Veterans benefits (if applicable)

 

Secure life insurance benefits (if applicable)

 

Contact insurance agents

 

Complete accounting, clerical and filing work

 

Answer telephone calls

 

Notify other organizations that your loved one participated in

 

 

What do funeral directors do? - Funeral directors are caregivers, advisors, and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and carry out the wishes of the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death, are trained to answer questions about grief, and can recommend sources of professional help.

 

Who should be included in the gathering or ceremony? - Family, close friends, co-workers, fellow worshipers, neighbors & acquaintances, and in some cases, the greater community.

 

What costs are associated with funerals? - The cost of a funeral includes all the services of a funeral director (see task list above), merchandise, such as caskets and urns, and transportation. Other costs may apply. In general, funeral homes make only a modest profit. We have included our General Price List on our web site for your convenience.

 

Some people cannot afford basic funeral services. Is financial aid available to the poor? - Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to pay for funerals, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment from Social Security. In most states, some form of public aid allowances are available from either the state, county, city, or a combination. Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them.

 

What to do when a death occurs? - Call the funeral home. We will set up a time for the Arrangement Conference to discuss the type of funeral services you would like to plan. We will coordinate all the funeral arrangements. At the Arrangement Conference the following biographical information will be gathered for newspaper notices, the death certificate, church or clergy and cemetery or crematory:

 

  • Full Name (include middle and maiden name)
  • Address/Mailing Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Birthplace - Date of Birth
  • Name of Parents - Birthplace (include mother’s maiden name)
  • Ethnic Origin
  • Marital Status/Spouse’s Name
  • Employment Status - Retired, presently employed)
  • Usual Occupation - Employer
  • Length of time employed, year date of retirement
  • Survivors
  • City and state of residence
  • Insurance Policy
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   Service is the staple and life link with families in their times of bereavement. Therefore, Richardson Funeral Home has made a commitment to service our families with respect and compassion. A commitment to provide skilled and dignified service to our families in their time of need. Mentored by our founder, Robert L. Richardson Sr., We continue to serve our community with wisdom, courage, discipline, generosity and love. Because we are family based and family oriented, we are dedicated to helping families with an affordable and meaningful life tribute. - Read More

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