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FAQs

Is it possible to have a traditional funeral service, with viewing, if I choose cremation?

Yes. More families who choose cremation have chosen to have a traditional funeral service, with cremation following. Not only does this lessen the expense of purchasing a casket, it maintains traditional visitation and funeral rites at church or other facility. A specially designed casket can be rented and used for this purpose.

Are there any veterans benefits available?

If you currently receive a pension from the VA or are on disability because of a service-related injury, you may be eligible for monetary help with funeral expenses. All honorably discharged veterans are eligible for military honors with presentation of the flag and a government headstone. A veteran may be eligible for other benefits, and should talk with their local county veterans service officer.

What about Social Security benefits?

The social security death benefit available is a lump sum death benefit in the amount of $255, payable only to an eligible surviving spouse or to a dependent child. The funeral home will notify Social Security following the death. See our link to Social Security Administration for more information on Social Security benefits.

How do I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

Certified copies of the death certificate are obtained from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records. The cost for each copy is $15.00. We can assist you in obtaining a copy or you may contact them directly at: Vital Records Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, P.O. Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK, 73152. A list of documents needed to apply for a death certificate is available online at http://www.ok.gov/health/Birth_and_Death_Certificates/Death_Certificates/.

What is the average cost of a traditional funeral?

The cost of the funeral is dependent upon the services used and the merchandise selected. There are three main areas where expenses are incurred:

With the many options available to you, it is hard to determine what an "average" funeral cost is. We are available to discuss the expenses and options with you, either in person or by phone.

Questions? Contact us and we will respond as soon as possible.