Frequently Asked Questions
It is common to have questions about the funeral process. This section answers some commonly asked questions to help make this process easier for you. If additional questions arise, please feel free to contact us directly at the funeral home.
What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
A funeral is a ceremony prior to burial or cremation with the body present. A memorial service is similar with the exception that the body may have already been cremated or not present at all. In either case, a funeral or memorial service gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather in support of one another and mourn the passing of their loved one. It is an opportunity to share cherished memories and to celebrate their love and their life. Such gatherings are vital in helping the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.
Who are funeral directors and what do they do?
Funeral directors are trained and licensed professionals ready to assist families in all aspects following the death of a loved one. We oversee the necessary care and disposition of the deceased and provide emotional support and personal guidance to the surviving family. We facilitate all the necessary documents and notifications as they relate to the funeral.
What happens if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
Regardless of when a death occurs, funeral directors are always available to assist.
What if a death occurs away from my home town?
Call Spence Funeral Services first. We will arrange to care for the deceased and have them returned home from anywhere in the world.
What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?
Embalming preserves, sanitizes and restores the body of the deceased in order to give opportunity to family and friends to gather and to begin the healing process.
Do I need to have an embalming?
No. Embalming is generally a choice, one that depends on factors such as family preference, whether there is to be an open casket viewing of the body, or if there will be an extended time between death and interment. Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail.
How much does a funeral cost?
The cost of the funeral depends on the services and merchandise selected. The cost of a funeral can be accurately estimated after sitting with a funeral director and discussing your options and wishes.