Commonly Asked Questions
Why is the selection of a Funeral Home so important?
A death forces you to deal with a world of details you may know little about and at a time when you are most vulnerable. Since you must depend in large part on guidance from a funeral home, it's important that you have confidence that these advisors are open, honest, and have your best interests at heart when helping you plan a funeral.
Why should I choose The Hamil Family Funeral Home to make advance arrangements?
We believe in comprehensive care. Our services can start long before a funeral is needed and they extend well beyond the funeral itself. We provide bereavement counseling, grief support groups, and personal follow-up to your family after the death all at no cost.
How is The Hamil Family Funeral Home different from every other funeral home?
We offer unrivaled continuity of care, from advance planning, to at-need arrangements, to bereavement counseling. We attempt to provide all options to assure the most personalized service possible. And we're most concerned with how we provide those services: our counselors are trained and expected to do what is in the best interest of the family being served, never to follow "must" guidelines or selling strategies. Where do I go to start making my advance funeral plans? Basically, wherever you feel most comfortable. You can make an appointment to meet with a Hamil Family Funeral Home consultant in the privacy and comfort of your own home, or at The Hamil Family Funeral Home location.
Why is embalming recommended?
Embalming is important for maintaining the health and safety of the public and the funeral home staff. This procedure ensures the preservation of the body from the time of death until disposition and it allows us to create an acceptable physical appearance of the deceased for the visitation time. Certain regulations also exists that make embalming necessary if the body is to be conveyed by public transportation.
Can you perform the funeral service even though I already own my cemetery lot?
Yes. Where you own cemetery space should have no bearing on which funeral home you select.
We are not members of a church. Who would conduct the service?
If you desire a religious service, your funeral director can make arrangements for you with a local clergyman from a denomination with which your family has had some past association. Or if a more intimate or informal approach is preferred, a family member might offer a few simple words. A good friend could read some poetry. You could even plan a music-only service with no speaker. Any of these can be appropriate, as long as the form of service you select will be meaningful to your family.
What is the value in viewing?
Viewing is an important time because it reinforces the reality of death. It may not be easy to do, but that is okay. Viewing allows family and friends to see that their loved one is at rest and free from pain and discomfort. It gives us a peaceful memory to cherish.
Is sending flowers a waste of money?
No. Sending flowers to a funeral service is a way of showing that you care, and are thinking about a family in their time of loss. Flowers add beauty to the service and soften the memory of the event in the family's mind. Traditionally, they symbolize the cycle of all life and help us understand that death is a normal part of our existence on earth. So even though many may request memorial contributions to a charity instead, flowers are still valid, appropriate and thoughtful ways to express your sympathies.