Our Traditional Service includes, but is not limited to: our staff responding to the initial request for services including the care of the deceased; arrangement conference with the family or responsible party; preparation and filing of necessary certificates and permits; placement of obituaries in newspapers and social media; planning of the funeral arrangements; and coordination of services with the cemetery, crematory, vault companies and others as required.
While there is an increased interest in personalized funerals and cremations, a Traditional Service follows a traditional pattern so families know what to expect. A traditional funeral makes many of your choices easier because there is an established etiquette for the different stages of the ceremony.
The national median cost of a funeral for calendar year 2012 was $7,045. If a vault is included, something that is typically required by a cemetery, the median cost is $8,343. The cost does not take into account cemetery, monument or marker costs, crematory fees (if cremation is selected instead of burial), or miscellaneous cash-advance items, such as flowers and obituaries. Many factors contribute to how an individual funeral home prices its good and services, including the firm's business philosophy and the market in which it operates.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes Code
In accepting our responsibilities, and as a condition of our affiliation with Selected Independent Funeral Homes, we affirm the following standards of good practice and hereby pledge:
As funeral directors, our calling imposes upon us special responsibilities to those we serve and to the public at large. An important obligation is to provide information so that everyone can make knowledgeable decisions about funeral and cremation services.
We pledge to conduct ourselves at all times in a manner deserving of the public trust, and to provide a copy of this Code of Good Practice to the families we serve.