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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.