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FAQs

FAQs

We have provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you do not see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We are always available to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

What is the purpose of embalming?

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming is a process used to temporarily preserve a loved one’s body. The process of embalming involves using preservative chemicals as well as cosmetics to make them look as they were when they were alive. It also can be used in instances of visible illness or trauma to return a loved one to their normal appearance for a viewing.

Is embalming required by law?

Is embalming required by law?

Embalming is not required by law in the state of New Jersey, however if you choose a service with viewing, embalming will be required by our facility. No human remains may remain unburied or uncremated in New Jersey for more than 48 hours unless embalmed or refrigerated.
(N.J.A.C.8:9-1.1)

What can I do to help the bereaved after the funeral?

What can I do to help the bereaved after the funeral?

The grieving process does not end with the funeral and it will take time for the bereaved to heal. The family will need your support for months to come, so make sure to check in on a regular basis. Send a note, make a phone call, and continue to invite them when you make social plans; they’ll let you know if and when they are ready to participate. Reach out to the family on special occasions, like birthdays or anniversaries, especially during the first year following their loss.

Should I bring my children to the funeral?

Should I bring my children to the funeral?

You should use your judgment to determine whether your child is old enough to comprehend death and whether attending the funeral will be meaningful to them. It is important for children to be allowed to express their grief and share in this important ritual. If you bring young children, explain beforehand what they will see and experience, and make sure that they know the importance of being on their best behavior. If your child becomes cranky or noisy, remove them promptly to avoid disturbing those who are mourning.

What do funeral directors do?

What do funeral directors do?

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funerals and related services. They provide support to the family, guide the arrangement of visitations and funeral ceremonies, prepare the deceased according to the family’s wishes, and ensure that everything goes according to plan. They also arrange for the removal and transportation of the deceased throughout the process, and assist families with any legal or insurance-related paperwork they might need to file. They are experienced at recognizing when an individual is having an extremely difficult time coping with a loss, and can provide extra support and recommendations for professional help if needed.

Can I personalize my service?

Can I personalize my service?

Yes. Our staff has years of experience getting to know families and incorporating their loved ones' hobbies, activities, interests, and unique requests into meaningful and memorable services. Do not hesitate to make a request to us. We are honored to work with you to create a service that is truly unique to your loved one.

Can I still have viewing with cremation?

Can I still have viewing with cremation?

Yes. Choosing cremation only indicates how you would like to care for your loved one after the service and does not prevent you from celebrating and honoring their life in any way. Whether you would like to have a visitation beforehand, arrange a funeral service before cremation, or wait and hold the service after the cremation, we are here to help you design a meaningful service to accompany the cremation. Please refer to Cremation Services on our Service Options page.

How can I be sure the ashes I receive are my loved one?

How can I be sure the ashes I receive are my loved one?

Cremation is a regulated process with strict procedures that we follow to ensure we are holding our services to the highest standard possible. In addition to following these standard procedures, there is also a metal disk with a unique ID number assigned to the deceased throughout the process, including during cremation.

Are there restrictions on scattering ashes?

Are there restrictions on scattering ashes?

That depends. If it is your private property, there are no restrictions. If it is someone else’s private property, you must have their consent, and it’s a good idea to get it in writing. If it is public land such as a park, contact the local government or the agency in charge of that space to see what their policies and regulations are.

Can we have a viewing if my loved one has donated organs or had an autopsy?

Can we have a viewing if my loved one has donated organs or had an autopsy?

Yes. Autopsies and organ donation do not affect your ability to have an open-casket visitation.

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