What are the basic services of the Funeral Director and Staff?
Our Basic Services include funeral counseling, necessary arrangements, recording vital statistics, securing permits, filing and obtaining death certificates and other forms and claims, preparation of necessary notices, and coordination of service plans with parties involved in the final disposition of the deceased.
What can you tell me about Embalming? Is it required?
Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.
What about the use of Facilities, Staff, and Equipment?
Viewing and Funeral Service can be provided by Cooke Funeral Homes, or at any other facility of one's choosing. (i.e. church, school, etc.) Visitations are normally in the evening from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and allow friends and family to celebrate the life of the deceased, with a private family viewing beginning at 5:00 PM.
The viewing can also be conducted prior to the Funeral Ceremony on the same day. The Funeral Ceremony is normally conducted prior to transportation of the body to its final resting place or Crematory.
Can you help me purchase the casket?
The casket is usually chosen by the family or the deceased at a previous pre-planning session with a funeral director. Cooke Funeral Homes provide many selections for you to choose from while planning a funeral. Please follow the link to gather more information on casket choices.
What is an "Outer Burial Container" and is it required?
The outer burial container is anything that encloses a casket, from a wooden box to a fine solid copper vault, having only two functions: to hold up the earth's load over the casket; and keep moisture away from the casket and the deceased person within. State and local law does not require you to purchase an outer burial container to surround the casket in a grave. However, many cemeteries require that you use such a container so the grave will not sink.
Most perpetual care cemeteries in our local area have particular rules and regulations regarding their specifications.
My loved one passed away elsewhere, can their remains be brought to Cooke Funeral Home?
Please feel free to contact Cooke Funeral Homes & Crematory in the event of needing to receive the remains of a loved one from out of town.
Can my loved one be sent to another funeral home?
Please feel free to contact Cooke Funeral Homes & Crematory in the event of needing to forward remains to another funeral home of your choice.
What Is Cremation?
Cremation is an option more families are choosing as part of their funeral plans. It's no wonder, with all of the options available in cremation memorialization today. Unlike the powdery "ashes" depicted in movies and television, the end result of the cremation process (two to three hours of intense heat applied in a cremation"retort") is approximately three to seven pounds of small bone fragments. These cremated remains are placed in a temporary container until the family decides upon final disposition.
The Cremation Option
The reasons people give for choosing cremation vary from economic to ecologic. There are those who believe cremation is a less expensive funeral care alternative; yet others spend more on a funeral that includes cremation than on traditional burial.
Some believe it's the "right thing to do" for Mother Earth; committing their loved one's cremated remains to the wind, land, sea, or even outer space.
Still others choose cremation when families are separated by distance, dividing the cremated remains which are kept in "keepsake" urns, such as sculptured artwork, or specially designed fine jewelry.
Whatever your reasons for choosing cremation, it is wise to explore the many options available. Don't hesitate to direct any questions or concerns to your funeral director who can provide guidance founded upon years of working with families who have chosen cremation as a means of final disposition.