While many Americans still follow a traditional pattern with a viewing, a formal service and burial, there are many service choices available.
Studies have proven that the benefits of a funeral service are for those left behind, as opposed to the long ago belief that these recognized rituals were meant to prepare the deceased on his or her way into the afterlife. Today, a funeral service provides the opportunity for friends and family to create a meaningful, personalized way to remember their loved one, to commemorate the life that was lived, and to begin the healing process.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker is committed to all those we serve to make the celebration of life a healing experience that's perfect down to the smallest detail. We will provide alternative services if you choose not to have a traditional funeral with burial or entombment service—such as cremation options, immediate burial, or anatomical donation.
We Provide for Every Phase of the Funeral Process:
- Transfer of the deceased from place of death to the funeral home
- Professional care of the deceased, which may include embalming, preparation, dressing, hairdressing, casketing and cosmetology
- Conduct a complete consultation with family members to gather necessary information and to discuss specific arrangements for a funeral
- File all legal paperwork including death certificates, necessary permits, affidavits and authorizations required
- Obtain certified copies of the death certificate needed to settle the estate of the deceased
- Compile information and create an obituary for placement in the newspaper. Use our obituary checklist to record important personal information for use in planning the funeral, informing friends and relatives, and writing an obituary.
- Coordinate clergy, church schedules and musicians
- Make arrangements with cemetery, crematory, or other place of disposition
- Provide a register book, prayer cards, funeral folders, and acknowledgements
- Offer to assist in notifying friends and relatives
- Care and arrangement of floral pieces
- Arrange for pallbearers, automobiles, and special services (military, for example)
- Collect all floral cards, mass cards, or other memorial contributions presented to the funeral home
- Oversee the funeral and organize and lead the funeral procession to the cemetery or other place of disposition
- Assist a family with Social Security, Veterans Benefits, and other claims