F.A.Q.

We have heard your questions, and Allnutt has chosen to provide you with answers to some common questions in regards to a funeral, a funeral service and funeral homes. 

- What exactly is a funeral?
A funeral is a ceremony of proven value and worth for those who mourn. This creates an opportunity for family members and others to share in the loss and gives them a chance to express respect, love, and grief. A funeral allows facing the reality of death. 

- What type of service should I have?
Only you can really answer that question. If the type of service is not noted in a pre-plan, than it is decided by the family. A service is normally held at a place of worship or at the funeral home.  The service may vary in according to wishes of the family and religious denomination. You can also have a private service without the body present and can vary in procedures and ceremony according to the family. 

- Can I customize my funeral service?
Yes, in fact, we highly recommend it. A funeral is a celebration of life. Our Allnutt directors are happy to discuss all options to ensure the funeral is made to your wishes. 

- Why should the family have a viewing?
There are numerous reasons to have a viewing for the deceased. It is a part of many ethnic and cultural traditions. Grief specialists believe that a viewing helps the grief process. A viewing is also encouraged for children so long as it is there desire and explained well. 

- Why should you have an obituary notice?
This helps friends and the local community know the death and type of service that is going to be held. This notice will be on a newspaper or online.

- What does a funeral directors do?
A funeral director has the role of a caregiver and an administrator. In their duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral. They are experienced in assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Directors are trained to answer any questions about grief and are able to recognize a person who is having a difficult time coping with loss. 

- What should I do if the death occurs at night or on the weekend?
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week anytime. All you need to do is give us a call. If you request quick assistance, one of our professionals will be there within the hour or so. If you and your family wish to spend a short time with the deceased you may choose to say goodbye.

- What should I do if a death occurs while you are not in town?

Your Allnutt Director will assist you if a death occurs anywhere in the world. You must contact your hometown funeral director as soon as possible. They will take responsibility and make arrangements for the return of your loved one back to the community. They will act in place as their agent. 

- What is the reason for embalming?
Embalming preserves and sanitizes the body. Slows down the composition process and enhances the appearance of a body that was disfigured. It may also lengthen the time between death and the final resting place. This allows members of the family to arrange in service of their choosing. Embalming the body allows mourners to view the deceased if that is their wishes. 

- Is embalming mandatory?
It is not. Other factors such as health, time, and legal requirement might make embalming appropriate or necessary. Please now that embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air to another country where laws need to be followed. 

- Is cremation the same thing for a funeral?
No, cremation is simply an entombment for the body's final disposition and often follow as traditional service. Allnutt can assist you with the information for a funeral with a cremation following a memorial service. 

- Can I have a visit period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Yes. Cremation does not have a funeral service or a visitation period. Cremation is an option for final disposition of the body.

- Is cremation as a means of disposition increasing?
Yes, but not as fast as you think it is. 

- Can you have a traditional funeral if someone dies of AIDS?
Yes, a person who dies of AIDS is entitled to the same service options afforded to anyone else. Touching the deceased's face or hands is perfectly safe. The grief experienced by family may include a variety of feelings, so they may need our support more than ever. 

- How much does a normal funeral cost?
A funeral can cost $1000 for a direct disposition. A direct disposition includes registering the death, a basic container or basket, and transpiration of the deceased to the cemetery. For a normal adult, full-service funeral, consumers will spend on average around $5000. This entails purchase of casket, limousine or hearse, transfer of remains, embalming, use of viewing facilities and facilities for the ceremony. 

- Has this cost gone up significantly?
Funeral costs have moved forward no faster the consumer price index for other consumer items. 

- Why do funerals cost so much?
In some respects, funerals are similar to birthday celebrations and weddings. The cost and type will depend on the tastes and budget of the consumer. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor intensive, that haves extensive facilities that all must be factored into the cost of a funeral. The funeral not only includes merchandise such as a casket but also having our funeral director making all the necessary arrangements with doctors, minister, florist, newspapers, and other necessary details.  

- What recourse does a consumer have for poor service or overcharging?
While most funeral homes provide amazing services, sometimes things can go south. All funeral service are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the FTC by contacting the Consumer Response Center by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357); TDD: 1-866-653-4261; by mail: Consumer Response Center, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580; or on the Internet at www.ftc.gov, using the online complaint form. You may also choose to contact the local Better Business Bureau, or your state consumer protection office.

- Who pays a funeral for the indigent?
Other than the family, there are unions, veteran , and other organizations tat pay for funerals. Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them. Funeral directors often absorb costs above and beyond what is provided by agencies. 

Common Questions about cemeteries 

- Are cemeteries running out of spaces?

Just like any other open space, cemeteries are affected by the population density in both rural and urban areas. Cemetery spaces will eventually run out. Which is why some regions charge premiums. 

- What exactly is Perpetual Care?
"Perpetual Care" refers to Endowment Care or Permanent Care. These funds are collected with each space sale to maintain the roads, grounds, and building of the cemetery. 

- Can the vault be customized?
Yes, Allnutt can show you the vast range of personalization choices, including custom nameplates and military insignias. 

- Are there vaults for cremated remains only?
Yes, we offer special urn vaults, made for in-ground cremated remains. 

- Can multiple cremations be performed at once?
No. Not only is it very illegal to do so, most cremation chambers are not a big enough size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be impossible to do multiple cremations simultaneously.

- Can the family watch the cremation?
Yes, for a fee. Our state-of-the-art facility is set up to allow members of the family to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, it is considered custom to some religious groups. 

- Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried in the final resting place?
No, embalming is not a requirement for burial. It is always up to you. Your decision may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the deceased with an open casket; or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; or if the body is going to be transported by rail or air, or because of the length of time to the burial.

- Do i have to purchase a burial vault?

In most areas of the country, local or state laws do not require that you purchase a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, most cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink in. Either a burial vault or a grave liner will ease these requirements.

- What are the positives of a mausoleum burial?
Mausoleum crypts are both dry and clean. They offer a content alternative for those who have an aversion of being in the ground. With the shortage of land available, mausoleums will allow more entombments in a minimum amount of space. 

- What exactly is a columbarium?
A columbarium, often located inside a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden memorial, is designed with numerous small compartments (niches) made to hold urns containing cremated remains.