When a death occurs, there are many decisions that must be made at that time. It’s hard enough simply dealing with the loss without having to also try to make the right decisions. By preplanning these decisions now, one can lift the emotional and financial decisions from your family. It won’t be time consuming or difficult for you. But the real beneficiaries will be the loved ones that are relieved of having to make these difficult decisions. Preplanning gives your family a detailed road map of what type of service you want. It gives you the opportunity to make important decisions on your own timetable.
Making funeral arrangements for a loved one can be a very stressful process. By preplanning, you help relieve that unwanted stress. Preplanning is truly one of the most thoughtful and loving things you can do for your family.
You also have the option of prepaying your funeral costs if you wish. You do not have to prepay in order to preplan. But, by prepaying, you lift the financial burden from your family. Prepaying allows you to lock in at a guaranteed price and you receive a lifetime guarantee that this is all you will ever have to pay for.
There are state laws regulating the funding process. Therefore, it is important to work with a licensed funeral professional when making plans to prepay funeral costs in advance.
Families often mark relevant changes in their lives with elaborate ceremonies, such as graduation, weddings, baptisms, etc. A funeral service is a time to reflect on the past while looking toward the future, and to celebrate our loved ones' lives and reflect upon their accomplishments. A service at a church or in the chapel of Bismarck Funeral Home would be followed by burial in a cemetery. A time for fellowship, viewing and visitation are key elements of this type of service. Musical selections, musicians and casketbearers are all variable aspects for this type of service.
Because we are a locally-owned firm, we know the community well enough to understand the importance of quality of service and costs. We want the people we deal with to be comfortable with their decision.
A casket service includes the following services:
* Professional services of funeral director and staff.
* Embalming and other care of the body to allow open casket viewing.
* Visitation and funeral service conducted at Bismarck Funeral Home or in your church or facility.
* Removal from place of death.
* Hearse and car for clergy provided at funeral.
* Filing of permits and documentation.
* All transportation within a 100-mile radius of Bismarck.
* Casket selection from one of the four casket categories.
* Folders, register book, and acknowledgement cards.
There are some outside charges that a family usually incurs related to the funeral service. These include certified copies of the death certificate, obituary notice, clergy honorarium, musician fees, flowers, cemetery expenses and vault. These costs are usually taken care of at the time of need.
Today, many people are considering cremation as an alternative to the traditional burial service. The planning of a cremation comes down to a matter of personal choice. Once can choose from having a casket service with a public viewing followed by a cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service held at your church or at the funeral home or direct cremation with no service.
Bismarck Funeral Home and Crematory has its own crematory right in the funeral home, so we can personally see to the quality of the cremation and guarantee you that when the urn is presented to your family, that those are the remains of your loved one. Following the cremation process, families may choose to inter the cremated remains at a cemetery, scatter the cremated remains, keep them in their home or any combination thereof.
The following are the choices of cremation services and their costs:
Traditional Funeral Service with Cremation – Consists of a traditional funeral service including embalming, preparation of the body, professional services of the funeral director, cremation casket, visitation, funeral service at the funeral home or church and the cremation process. These services are similar to those of a traditional service with the exception that following the funeral service, the casket is taken to the crematory and not the cemetery.
Cremation with a Memorial Service – Consists of the removal of the body from the place of death, the professional service of the funeral director, the cremation process and a memorial service held at the funeral home or church.
Direct Cremation – Consists of the removal of the body from the place of death, the professional service of the funeral director and the cremation process. There are no services.