Obituaries

Hatim Khabbaz
B: 1947-04-23
D: 2018-01-12
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Khabbaz, Hatim
Malak Zavaro
B: 1924-07-02
D: 2018-01-10
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Zavaro, Malak
Phyllis Kaszuba
B: 1925-10-04
D: 2018-01-08
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Kaszuba, Phyllis
Manuel Vindiola
B: 1947-01-13
D: 2018-01-08
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Vindiola, Manuel
Huong Phan
B: 1930-12-25
D: 2018-01-08
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Phan, Huong
James Plummer
B: 1947-04-22
D: 2018-01-06
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Plummer, James
Sam Williams
B: 1931-12-11
D: 2018-01-04
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Williams, Sam
Carolyn Williams
B: 1958-10-04
D: 2018-01-04
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Williams, Carolyn
Nicole Hien Do
B: 1950-05-30
D: 2018-01-03
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Do, Nicole Hien
Obaidan Toso
B: 1944-07-01
D: 2017-12-28
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Toso, Obaidan
Salima Meram
B: 1939-07-01
D: 2017-12-28
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Meram, Salima
Nelson Escue
B: 1927-02-25
D: 2017-12-28
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Escue, Nelson
Shamama Jajo
B: 1935-07-01
D: 2017-12-27
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Jajo, Shamama
Edward Camacho
B: 1934-08-29
D: 2017-12-27
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Camacho, Edward
Francisco Chavez
B: 1947-01-26
D: 2017-12-26
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Chavez, Francisco
Ba Le
B: 1929-11-01
D: 2017-12-25
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Le, Ba
Jalil Tobya
B: 1931-07-01
D: 2017-12-23
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Tobya, Jalil
Joann Jacob
B: 1932-01-27
D: 2017-12-22
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Jacob, Joann
Lora Sarkis
B: 1973-02-02
D: 2017-12-21
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Sarkis, Lora
Sabah Ghareeb
B: 1953-10-10
D: 2017-12-16
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Ghareeb, Sabah
Woodrow Bryan
B: 1923-10-18
D: 2017-12-15
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Bryan, Woodrow

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Frequently Asked

Below is a list of questions and responses that we commonly receive at the funeral home. We will continue to include any new questions in this section that we feel would be helpful to others.

If you have a question that has not been covered in this site we would like to hear from you. You may use the "Ask the Director" section of our site to forward your question or comments to us.

If you would prefer to call us on the telephone, our staff would be pleased to provide an answer to any funeral related matter you may have. If we do not have the answer immediately, we will find it for you and contact you the minute the information is in our hands.

1. What is a funeral?
 
2. How much does a funeral cost?
 
3. How do I make funeral arrangements?
 
4. What is a pre-arranged funeral?
 
5. What type of funeral service should I have?
 
6. Can I personalize my funeral service?
 
7. Why should we have a public viewing?
 
8. What should I do if a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
 
9. What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
 
10. What is embalming?
 
11. Is embalming necessary?
 
12. What is involved in cremation?
 
13. Do I need a casket if I choose cremation?
 
14. Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
 
15. What can be done with the cremated remains?
 

Question #1What is a funeral?
Answer:A funeral is a time when friends and family gather to celebrate a life and mourn the loss of a loved one. They occur in cultures and societies around the world, and have deep personal and social significance. We know a funeral is the starting point of the recovery process and the first step toward healing.

Question #2How much does a funeral cost?
Answer:The cost of a funeral depends entirely on your wishes for the funeral. Funeral costs are made up of professional services, charges for transporting the body and presentation of the body, casket costs, vehicle charges, and fees for the doctor, minister, or cremation. Personalizing a funeral is also a factor in the cost. While we have many options to help you memorialize your loved one in a meaningful way, those options all have costs attached.

Question #3How do I make funeral arrangements?
Answer:You can call a funeral director to make an appointment or plan it online. We offer this service free of charge, and without obligation.

Question #4What is a pre-arranged funeral?
Answer:A pre-arranged funeral is a funeral arrangement made prior to death. You can pre-arrange your own funeral or you can pre-arrange a funeral for a loved one. Pre-arrangement is a way for you to make sure your life is celebrated in a way that is meaningful to you. It also relieves your loved ones of the burden of arranging a funeral for you.

Question #5What type of funeral service should I have?
Answer:The answer to that question is very personal – how would you like it to be? A funeral service can be open to the public or accessible by invitation only. You can choose a large service or a small one. And, if you’re deeply religious, you can follow the liturgy of your faith.

Perhaps you want something completely out-of-the-ordinary, and that’s possible too. Our funeral directors are trained to provide you with support and guidance to help you plan a funeral that truly reflects your needs and desires.

Question #6Can I personalize my funeral service?
Answer:In a word, yes. We believe that each funeral should reflect the life of the deceased – and no two people are the same. We invite – no, we encourage –you to let us know exactly how you want you or your loved one to be remembered, and we will do our best to create a ceremony that will truly celebrate the life lived.

Question #7Why should we have a public viewing?
Answer:Not every tradition encourages a public viewing, but we believe that they serve a purpose. In making a viewing part of your funeral service, you provide a certain amount of closure to all in attendance. This isn’t just our opinion; studies show that viewing the body helps everyone recognize the reality of death which is an important stepping stone in the grieving process.

Question #8What should I do if a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
Answer:It’s simple: call us. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate assistance, one of our funeral directors will be there.

Question #9What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
Answer:It’s comforting to know that our funeral directors can help you no matter where a death has occurred.  We’ll take care of everything from bringing your loved one back home; to helping you arrange the service. All you need to do is call us. We’ll take care of the rest.

Question #10What is embalming?
Answer:Embalming is the temporary disinfection, preservation, and restoration of the body. During the embalming process, the body is washed and dressed and cosmetics are applied.

Question #11Is embalming necessary?
Answer:If the body has to be transported to a country that requires embalming, then yes, it is necessary. Otherwise the decision is up to you. Some religious traditions forbid embalming. If your religion allows it, we recommend embalming if there is a long wait before burial or cremation.

Question #12What is involved in cremation?
Answer:The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber where the temperature reaches 1,400-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2.5 hours, all organic material is consumed by heat and evaporation, and the bone fragments are left behind. These are known as the cremated remains, which are then carefully removed from the chamber and processed into fine particles to be placed in a container or urn for the family.

Question #13Do I need a casket if I choose cremation?
Answer:No, you do not need to purchase a traditional casket. But, for sanitary reasons, crematories usually require a combustible, leak-proof, covered container. Commonly, a relatively-inexpensive cardboard cremation container is all you need to purchase. However there are other, more elegant options available as well. Visit our online cremation container showroom to explore your options.

Question #14Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Answer:By all means, yes. We encourage families to have a gathering – whether it’s a simple visitation, or a more elaborate funeral or memorial service – to support the bereaved and begin to mend the social fabric, torn by the loss of a member of the community.

Question #15What can be done with the cremated remains?
Answer:The cremated remains can be interred in a cemetery plot or retained by a family member -- usually in an urn, scattered on private property or at a place that was important to the deceased. The cremated remains can be scattered at sea, or the skies above a special, well-loved place. You can also incorporate the remains into an artificial reef, to be lowered onto the sea floor. There, your loved one provides sanctuary for sea life for years to come.

There are also elegant ways to memorialize a loved one using small amounts of the cremated remains, including art glass, oil paintings, and man-made diamonds. Or you can take a small amount of the cremated remains to include in a piece of cremation jewelry. Please view our online cremation keepsakes and jewelry selection for inspiration.