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FAQs

What are my first steps when a death occurs?

  •  If you have chosen what funeral home you would like to use, you should call them.  They are a great resource for you and will support you through the next few difficult days.
  • Gathering the following information will be helpful to complete the State Vital Statistic requirements:  Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Birth Date and Birth Place, Social Security Number, Marital Status, Completed Education, Veteran’s Discharge Papers, Copies of Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Contact your Clergy to assist you if you choose to have a funeral or memorial service at your church.  This could also be done with the assistance of your Funeral Director.
  • If you choose to have an obituary, bring the information you wish to include.  If you choose not to include an obituary, we will place your loved one’s information on our website free of charge.   We also have the option for friends and loved ones to send condolences through our website.

What does a Funeral Director do?

As a licensed Funeral Director, their primary function is to provide support and guidance through the first stages of grief and in handling final arrangements.  Other services include providing support and guidance to the family as well as being a liaison with other services to assure the needs and wishes of the family are met.

Should I choose Burial or Cremation?

Traditional burial is still chosen by many families and our experienced Funeral Directors can assist you with this.  However, cremation is definitely being chosen more frequently.  The main reasons are that cremation is less expensive and allows for more options such as having memorial services at a later date,  interment in a mausoleum, columbarium, or cemetery plot and keepsake jewelry.  If you choose to scatter the cremated remains, you must follow state law.

What should I consider when deciding whether to have a funeral?

Funerals are based on various cultures and traditions, but all serve a common and important purpose.  That purpose is to find support from family members and friends as the deceased’s family begins the healing process.  It is also a time for celebrating the life of the loved one who has passed away and to honor them.

Do I have options for funerals even though I choose cremation?

Actually, the choices are expanded.  We have the capability to meet a variety of choices for our families.  Our trained staff can guide you through the process should you choose a full-service funeral either in our onsite chapel, or another location such as a church.  You may also choose to have a visitation with or without cremation, or a direct cremation.  There are several options available whether you choose cremation or traditional burial.  Our goal is to individualize our services to meet the needs of each or our families.

Why should I consider a public viewing?

For many who have lost a loved one, having a viewing allows the family and friends to have closure related to their loss.   Another option is to choose an open casket for immediate family only and to have the casket closed during the public visitation.  Many ask if a viewing is possible when cremation has been chosen.  Yes, a viewing is possible before the cremation is performed.  We also offer our families the option of viewing their loved one privately when they meet with their Funeral Director to complete final arrangements.

What is the purpose of embalming and does state law require the body to be embalmed?

The process of embalming preserves the body and allows the family to have ample time to arrange for the type of service that means the most to them.  Although not required by law, embalming is required for reasons such as choosing to have a public viewing or visitation.

If I choose cremation and my spouse chooses a traditional burial, can I still be buried with him/her?

Options include being buried on top of the casketed remains of your spouse or you may choose to utilize the space next to him/her.  Some cemeteries will allow multiple cremated remains to be placed in a single grave space.  You would need to verify this with the cemetery’s requirements.

How long does it take for the cremation process?

The length of time required to complete the cremation process is dependent on the ability to complete the required logistics needed prior to cremation.  Your Funeral Director is very familiar with these requirements and will assist you with what is needed from the family.  These requirements include:  acquiring information for the cremation and the signed death certificate from the attending physician, signing the authorization to cremate, and meeting with the family to discuss their preferences.  Our Funeral Directors are happy to meet with you at your home or another location if that is more convenient.  Once these are complete, the cremation can take place.  The actual cremation process takes about 2-4 hours.  An average time to complete the entire process is 2 or 3 days.

 Will the cremation be completed at Twin City Cremations?

Yes, our cremations are performed onsite by our trained staff.

Who takes care of placing an obituary in the paper?

Our Funeral Directors are trained to assist you in creating an obituary as well as submitting it to the publication of your choice.  This includes a publication located out of town.  Our families also have the option to place the obituary on our website free of charge.