Q1. What do I do when a death occurs?
Q2. Why use a funeral director?
Q3. What does a funeral director really do?
As funeral directors, we are care givers and administrators. We make the arrangements for transportation of the deceased, complete the necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and disposition of a body.
On a more personal note, we are also listeners, advisors, and supporters. Pape funeral directors have many years of combined experience in helping families in grief cope with death. We are here to support your personal needs, answer questions about grief, recognize when there appears to be difficulty coping, and recommend sources of additional assistance.
Q4. What does it mean to be a licensed funeral director?
Q5. Why have a funeral?
A funeral is an important way to celebrate a life well-lived, recognize a family’s loss, and a significant change in our lives. A funeral is not a day in a lifetime but a lifetime in a day.
Funerals are recognized ways for the living to show respect for the dead and to help surviving family members begin the grieving process. A funeral is also a way to say goodbye to the loved one with dignity and respect.
Q6. Why have a visitation?
Visitations are part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Research shows that having a visitation surrounded by caring and supportive people, helps families with the grief process.
Viewing is also encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary. Children can benefit from viewing the deceased, as their imaginations can often make the appearance of the body worse than it really is.
Since this is the last time family and friends will see this person, a visitation and viewing can leave positive memories, with the deceased closely appearing as they did in life. Pape Funeral Home can coordinate public and private family viewing’s that meet each family’s specific needs.
Q7. What questions should I ask when considering a burial plot?
A burial plot is the location where the deceased will be laid to rest. Typically this is in a cemetery. There are many considerations when evaluating a plot. Here are just a few of the questions you might consider when selecting the best plot for your personal needs:
- Does the plot meet the requirements of your religion?
- What restrictions are placed on burial vaults?
- Does the price include perpetual care and maintenance?
- Are other plots available in the same location to provide for the burial of my entire family?
- Do I want a ground burial or mausoleum burial and are both available?
- Are the type of monuments and memorials at cemeteries restricted?
Many cemeteries have restrictions on monuments and memorials. They can also restrict the placement of flowers and remembrance items. At Pape Funeral Home, we can help you understand and comply with these restrictions while keeping in mind your personal desires.