Family owned
and operated
since 1966

 

What type of services do you offer?     top

     Although you will be able to arrange any type of funeral service to suit your personal preferences, the following types of services are those which would be considered traditional:

  • Viewing, next day church service, followed by burial, entombment or cremation.

  • Viewing, next day service at the funeral home, followed by burial, entombment or cremation.

  • Viewing, service at the funeral home, followed by burial, entombment or cremation, all occurring on the same day.

  • Viewing, church service followed by burial, entombment or cremation, all occurring, on the same day.

  • Direct Burials with graveside services.

  • Direct Cremations with memorial services held either at church or at the funeral home.


Is embalming necessary?     top

     New Jersey State Law requires a body to be embalmed if disposition does not take place within 48 hours after removal from refrigeration. It is strongly recommended that a body be embalmed if a public viewing is going to take place.


What are vaults and graveliners?     top

     Vaults are lined and sealed concrete outer burial containers which prevent the grave from caving in due to the weight of the Earth and cemetery equipment. They are designed to protect the casket by reducing the risk of intrusion of exterior elements. Concrete graveliners are outer burial containers designed to withstand the weight of the Earth to prevent the grave from collapsing. This gives the minimal protection and is not lined or sealed. We have a variety of outer burial containers for you to choose from. Our funeral directors can explain any further questions you may have.


Are vaults always required for Earth burial?     top

     No. Each cemetery determines its own vault requirements. Some cemeteries do require vaults while others do not. Our funeral directors will inform you about whether or not a vault purchase is needed for the particular cemetery chosen.


Must I be a church member in order for a Mass of Christian Burial?     top

     You do not need to be a member of a church in order for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated.

What benefits are available to Veterans?     top

     Veterans are entitled to a burial free of charge for themselves, their spouse, and one dependant child. The burial will be in the Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown, NJ.
     We contact the cemetery, but they dictate to us when the burial will take place. We can only request a date and time. The cemetery has the final say as to when the burial will occur. The gravesite will be marked with a headstone supplied by the Veterans Cemetery. The funeral director can discuss all other benefits that veterans are entitled to receive at the arrangement conference. You also have the option of preregistering with the cemetery so that all necessary paperwork can be completed ahead of time.


What if the death occurs out of the state or country?     top

     We will call a reliable funeral home in the place where the death occurred and make the necessary arrangements to transport the deceased back home where the remaining services can take place.


What can be done with the remains if a cremation is chosen?     top

     Cremated remains can be put in an urn and kept at home, they can be buried in a cemetery, they can be placed in a niche in a cemetery, or they can be scattered at sea. We have a large variety of urns on display at the funeral home for you to choose from.


Do you have rental caskets available for viewings before a cremation?     top

     Yes. We have one casket specifically for this purpose.


I live all by myself, who will take care of me when I die?     top

     You can include your funeral wishes in your will and name an executor or executrix to ensure your wishes are carried out. If you do not name a person, the state will assign an administrator to handle your estate. To ease your worries, you can make pre-arrangements with the funeral home so you can be sure everything is in order and will take place smoothly when the event occurs.


Why should I make pre-arrangements?     top

     Advanced planning allows families to consider options available to them without the burden of emotional stress, which accompanies death. The planning of a funeral can be overwhelming if not given forethought. You can take full control of your own funeral when planned ahead, relieving the pressure on your loved one in their time of grief.


What is a Funeral Agent and under what circumstances should I appoint one?       top

Individuals who are concerned that family members will not honor their funeral wishes or prearrangements, who are on bad terms with or estranged from relatives, or who do not know the whereabouts of relatives should consider appointing a funeral agent. In particular, due to its finality, funeral agent appointments are vital for individuals without relatives who want their bodies cremated.  Without this appointment, funeral directors often are hesitant to arrange cremation solely on the authority of friends or interested others and/or when there is a question of familial relationships.

A funeral agent is someone named by the deceased as the person in charge of making their funeral arrangements.  The funeral agent must be named in the decedentís Will.  If the individual does not have a Will one must be created to make the appointment.

Once appointed, the funeral agentís rights to control arrangements supersedes the rights of all others including executors, powers-of-attorney and all relatives regardless of their level of kinship with the deceased.  After death and before the will is probated, the executor is required to inform the funeral agent of the appointment and the amount of money available for the funeral.