Frequently Asked Questions
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A funeral is a ceremony that provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss of a loved one as they express their love, respect and grief together. It permits facing the reality of sorrow that death brings. It is often at the funeral when the bereaved take that first step towards adjustment to their loss.
The type of service conducted for the deceased, if not noted in a pre-plan, is decided by the family. The service is usually held at a place of worship, at the funeral home, or at the cemetery grave site. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of the family.
Yes. We recommend it. After all, a funeral is a celebration of a unique and irreplaceable life. Funeral directors should be happy to discuss the many options. It’s their job to ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes, and we here at the cemetery strive to help in that process however we can.
Obituaries provide helpful information regarding the date and time of services for the deceased and also give those who love them an opportunity to read more about the impact they had while they were alive. Detailed obituaries reveal the personality and lives of an individual still serve as excellent primary sources in historical research today. An obituary notice can be placed in a local newspaper or on the funeral home and cemetery websites. We feature obituaries for those buried in our cemetery. They’re attached to individuals searched for in our Burial Search tab.
Funeral directors are both caregivers and administrators. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the deceased. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help.
A funeral director is usually available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are prepared to take calls at any time.
Contact your hometown funeral director of choice. They will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased person to their community. They may engage the services of a funeral director in the place of death who will act as their agent.
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, slows the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish.
Cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body’s final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service.
Visitation period and a funeral service are certainly options when cremation is chosen. Cremation is simply an option for final disposition of the body.
Funerals can cost as little as $1000 for a direct disposition. (Direct disposition includes registering the death, a basic casket or container, and transporting the deceased to a cemetery or crematorium.) For an adult, full-service funeral, consumers choose to spend an average of $5,000-$10,000. This includes all professional services such as transferring remains, embalming, and other preparation as well as facilities for the ceremony, hearse use, and a casket.
Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits who help pay for funerals for qualified individuals. Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them for the indigent. However, funeral directors often absorb costs above and beyond what is provided by agencies to ensure the deceased a respectable burial.
Common Cemetery Questions
Just like other open spaces, cemeteries are impacted by increased population density in both urban and rural areas. We at Olathe Memorial Cemetery have planned for this and have set aside available space for decades to come.
Olathe Memorial Cemetery requires that you have an outside container so the ground will not sink. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy this requirement. We provided cremation vaults. Discuss full-body burial vault options with your funeral director.
A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden setting, is constructed with numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. Choosing this burial option is a more affordable way to honor the memory of your loved one.
Interment fees include labor and materials to dig, set up for the casket or urn, and fill it in after the ceremony. It also covers the cost of sodding and watering the grave until the sod is settled.
Our Online Burial Search provides information about the deceased as well as location. In addition to that, our burial search functions the same way but guides you via GPS right to the burial site.