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FAQs about Funerals

General Funeral FAQs

The answer lies if O’Connell’s are called first! If O’Connell’s are called from the beginning, then we can control costs where the death occurs. Otherwise, you could be at the mercy of the provider who was notified. Especially down south, corporate funeral homes that are publicly traded on wall street have their charges based on investors.
Quick and short, yes! Every situation is different but we take pride in serving our family’s, near and far!
Viewing a loved one after they die is not easy. But then again, loosing them in itself is overwhelming. We don’t suggest viewings to be mean or cause sad emotions. Trust us, they are already there. We are simply trying to creating a healthy foundation to heal from. Viewing can be one of the biggest factors in moving forward!

Absolutely not, not is it a state law as some may suggest. However, if there is a public gathering or visitation, that does require embalming for public health reasons. When a body is viewed without embalming, we call that a private view. It is a healing alternative to not having a public visitation.

Absolutely. The only stipulation that would deter this is condition of the body or if death was attributed to a communicable disease.

No. Another myth. It is a cemetery requirement to protect the ground from collapsing. Grounds maintenance is their reasoning.

Absolutely. Again, each situation is different. We cannot keep children from death or its effects. We can however, teach them about death and let them know it is ok to feel sad and that it is very normal. The parents are afraid to talk death to their kids. That’s understandable too! Take this moment to help them learn this a part of life we cannot escape and that expressing our feelings is normal and helpful. You don’t have to do this alone, we can help!!!

We have been making arrangements and pre-arrangements for years at homes. Covid has drastically changed the how funeral homes communicate with their families.  We will follow the lead of our families. We can meet anywhere if that helps your situation.

An obituary is a factual outline of someone’s life. It includes school, work, hobbies, family, and service information. A eulogy captures what made the person special and their personality. It is much more personable than an obituary. Click here for helpful hints on a eulogy.

This may sound simplistic, but just be there. There is nothing you can say or one thing you can do that is going to take away the pain. Just be there, be present, and listen. Do NOT tell them how to feel or that they should be grateful for a litany of other reasons. Read more

Personalized funeral is simply taking your average service and adding elements that bring the essence of the individual to the forefront. O’Connell’s are not a cookie cutter provider. We have been nationally recognized for being an innovator when it comes to capturing your loved one’s spirit! Read more

It is not. However, if you have an estate set up, you may be required to make a public announcement in the case there are debtors that need to be notified. An obituary lets the community know, someone special in our lives has died and that they had a story to tell, albeit little or small. We matter!

Medicaid is a federal and state program to help individuals with no assets  or means to pay for their wellbeing. There are important benchmarks that outline Mediciad. For example, assets have to be less than $2000. There are other parameters to apply as well. A funeral trust is an acceptable spend down expense that can be used to lower assets to get below $2000. It seems daunting. We can help. Our pre-arranging specialists are the best in the business at helping you understand and make sound decisions!

Funeral homes offer the finest keepsakes from reputable companies. We don’t sell your personal information. We back our keepsakes!

Funeral Expenses

Sounds like it should be, but it is not a legitimate tax write-off. Sorry… Read more

Many firms require services paid for at the time of arrangements. That is a hefty requirement, one which we do not. We ask for honest and frank discussions on how it will be paid. Our focus is providing an exceptional service first and foremost.

Sort and quick is no. Being a veteran does not equate to funeral expenses being required. The exception of course is if you are killed in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces.

This is another myth. Unfortunately, no. A death benefit of $255 is paid to a surviving spouse of dependent child. Social Security benefits for a living spouse or dependent child will vary upon individual situations.

End of life services is one of our most important decisions we can make in our lives. And with these decisions, expenses are created. We offer packages that not only simplifies the process, helps pass additional savings to your family. We have a general price list as a guide to help you make decisions. One caution is that there are a litany of other decisions that can increase the total price; such as obituaries, flowers, lunches. It is crucial to have a honest funeral home that does not try to give you the impression costs are low, only to find out at the time of death, items are added on. That is the old classic bait and switch. At O’Connell’s, we will give you a honest estimate by way of asking key questions. 

Pre paying expenses covers the cost of a funeral. If done correctly, the interest made also covers inflationary costs.

Funeral Etiquette

We all know society has changed. Simply wear something dress casual and appropriate, especially when going into a church. We need to respect their faith. Read more

Funeral Preplanning

Pre-planning is a gift you can give you family. Take away the “I wonder if’s” and replace them with “Here is what I would like”. Now, DON’T be dismissive! For example, don’t say” I don’t want anything.” Please look at this as your opportunity to create something healing and meaningful. We owe that to our loved ones!

Pre paying expenses covers the cost of a funeral. If done correctly, the interest made also covers inflationary costs.
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