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do funeral directors do?
directors are caregivers and administrators.
They make arrangements for the transportation of the
body, complete all necessary paperwork, deal with
doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers, coroners, insurance,
and cemeteries, and implement the choices made by
the family regarding the funeral and the final disposition
of the body.
a body have to be embalmed, according to law?
Most states, however, require embalming when death
was caused by a reportable contagious disease, when
remains are to be transported from one state to
another by common carrier, or if the final
disposition is not to be be made within a prescribed
number of hours.
should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the
night or the weekend?
call the funeral home at 601-638-1641. We have 24-hour
phone service and our directors are always on call
to serve and care for you.
should I do if a loved one dies while we are
us. We will make the arrangements to have the
remains transported. Don't call a funeral home
in the town where you are. Since prices vary
widely, Jefferson will know who to call to arrange
the best services for you.
are funerals so expensive?
compared to other life cycle events, like births and
weddings, funerals are not expensive. A
wedding costs often three times as much, but because
it is a happy event, wedding costs are rarely
funeral is an experience that involves many hundreds
of different details. The funeral director and
staff respond to the required of the family and
bring all of the elements together, usually within
24-36 hours. See our
Services List. When you break down each
service, you can see the individual price is
reasonable. There is just so much to do to
care for each family and their loved one.
homes are one of the few business that are open and
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Families are never told they must wait to schedule
the services for a loved one. We respond
immediately to the needs of the family. You always
funeral home also carries a large investment in the
facilities and equipment that are required to
provide for the comfortable funeral service or
memorial service that the family requires. The
funeral home also has many other expenses that any
business must bear such as taxes, insurance, utilities
and staff salaries.
information regarding the deceased will I need at
the time of making arrangements?
our prearrangements page. You can either submit
your arrangements and information to us
online or you can print it out, fill out the appropriate
parts and bring it with you when you come to the
funeral home. Or you can use it as a guide
when you call us.
the deceased served in the military, you will need
to provide a copy of the discharge papers for
ordering a marker, flag, and burial benefits.
benefits does the Veterans Administration pay and to
VA will provide a marker free of charge. This
is a flat bronze marker that must be attached to a
flat base. You must provide the flat base.
VA also pays burial benefits for veterans who are
receiving a military pension at the time of
death. This benefit usually ranges between
$450-$600. If the death occurred as a result
of injury from service, benefits could be as much as
much does Social Security pay and to whom?
benefits are $255 (2004). They are paid only
to the widow or a dependent child. You must
apply for this benefit through the Social Security
I have to purchase a vault?
need for a vault depends on which cemetery you plan
to use. Many cemeteries do require a vault.
In Vicksburg, Green Acres requires a vault.
Cedar Hill City Cemetery does not.
do I obtain a death certificate?
attending physician or the coroner must originate
death certificates. They will forward the
death certificate to the funeral home that will
complete the vital statistic information. The
funeral home will then order the certified death
certificate from the appropriate state of death.
much does a death certificate cost?
cost varies from state to state. In
Mississippi, the first death certificate costs $10;
each additional certificate costs $2. In
Louisiana, each death certificate costs $9.