FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
1. Do you only handle cremations? No. Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services is a licensed funeral home with the ability to handle burials as well as cremations. We can facilitate public visitations and services for both cremated and full casketed remains.
2. Can two cremations be performed at once? Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.
3. Can the family witness the cremation? Yes. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.
4. Can you assist me with filing for the deceased’s social security benefits and/or veteran death benefits? Yes. In fact, we will do more than just assist you with securing these benefits. Our staff is trained to complete all necessary paperwork to begin the benefits process and ensure that the benefits are secured in a timely manner.
5. What is involved in the cremation process? Before cremation occurs, the death certificate must be completed and signed by the attending physician or medical examiner, and all civil and medical authorities must have issued all required permits. In addition, necessary authorizations to cremate must be obtained from the next of kin or authorizing person and no objections to the cremation can be raised. The cremation process then occurs and the cremated remains are placed in the designated container or urn selected for final disposition.
6. What happens to the cremated remains? There are many options to consider with a cremation. A family can choose to bury the remains in a cemetery, store and display them at home in an urn, or scatter them in a place special to the deceased. It is advisable to check local restrictions on scattering remains on public property and obtain permission for private property.
7. I have already made arrangements and funded my funeral in advance. What if I move or want to use another funeral home? By making arrangements and funding your funeral in advance, you were able to express your own wishes and relieve this emotional and financial burden from your family. Usually, these arrangements can be reestablished with another funeral home and nearly all funding vehicles are transferable by the owner.