Since the start of recorded history, societies have honored those who
have died. The Great Pyramids and the Taj Mahal are examples of lasting
tributes. Today, many experts agree that the benefits of memorialization
are for those who remain behind. Coming to terms with the loss of a
loved one is important to help survivors adjust and recognize that a
death has occurred. Having a permanent place of remembrance is a comfort
to those left behind, and it allows your legacy to continue on for
generations to come.
A death that occurs away from your loved one’s hometown may be an
unusual experience for you and your family. However, funeral arrangers
are trained professionals capable of handling the necessary details
necessary when this happens. The local funeral arranger can assist you
in selecting a funeral home in the city where the services are to be
held and will help coordinate the transportation of your loved one to
the care of a funeral arranger in that city.
Perpetual care means that you and your loved ones will never have to
worry about the conditions of the cemetery. We are proud to offer your
family the promise that the place of remembrance you choose will remain
beautiful for generations to come. The preservation of the cemetery is
paid for through a perpetual-care trust, funded by a portion of the
purchase price of burial rights sold, to ensure that the grounds and
facilities are properly maintained.
Our caring staff will be happy to assist you through the process of
purchasing rights of interment at our cemetery. Visit the Contact Us
page or call the cemetery office today to get started.
Yes, preplanning is one of the most caring things you can do for your
loved ones. It provides them with a clearer picture of your final wishes
and offers them reassurance about how you would really prefer to be
remembered. These plans may be as simple or as elaborate as you choose.
You can comfortably prefund your arrangements to help alleviate placing
future financial burdens on your family. The preplanning process allows
you to plan at your own pace, equipped with facts and ample information,
so that you feel comfortable about the choices you make. Making
arrangements in advance also allows you to prefund at today's prices, if
you choose to do so. We can assist you with your prearrangement needs.
You can also visit our preplanning section for more information.
Should you move before the time of need and have already prefunded your
burial rights, you may have the option to transfer ownership. Our
cemetery is part of a nationwide network, through which the national
transferability of prepaid burial rights may be granted. When
prearranging, ask us about options for transferring ownership, or
contact us today for more information.
Aboveground entombment is a form of memorialization in which remains
are interred above ground in family tombs, private family mausoleums,
garden or community mausoleums and columbaria, for example. Contact us
today for more information on opportunities for aboveground emtombment
at our cemtery.
In-ground burial, often referred to as “traditional” burial, allows you
to personalize your memorialization by offering a variety of choices
such as individual, companion or family locations within beautifully
manicured gardens and special areas. Depending on what type of in-ground
burial you choose, an outer burial container may be necessary.
Please visit the Burial Memorialization section or contact us today
for more information about in-ground burial options at our cemetery.
The professional service fee includes the cost of all services. This
includes administrative, documentation, set-up adn maintenance performed
before and after interment and the physical opening and closing of a
grave or crypt for burial or entombment.
Yes. The most common markers are granite monuments, memorial benches
and bronze memorials. All are customizable, and most have individual or
companion options. Please see the Markers & Special Remembrances
section or contact us today to learn more about the memorial options
available at our cemetery.
Before cremation can take place, the attending physician or medical
examiner must complete and sign the death certificate. In addition, all
civil and medical authorities must issue required permits. The next of
kin or other authorized person must provide the consent to cremate. Your
funeral provider can assist you through this entire process. From here,
the decedent is placed in a cremation chamber and reduced to his or her
natural elements at an extremely high temperature, quickly and without
chemicals. After the cremation, we place the cremated remains in the urn
your family selected during the arrangement conference. We then carry
out your wishes for personal and lasting remembrance, such as
memorialization in a columbarium or cremation garden.
During the arrangement conference your family will be asked to select
an urn to permanently hold your loved one’s cremated remains. Urns can
be crafted from bronze, ceramic, glass, porcelain, wood or other
materials. They are made in traditional vase or cube shapes, or they can
be unique designs. A variety of urns are available to reflect your
loved one’s hobbies, beliefs or lifestyle.
There are many options from which to choose when selecting a final
resting place for your loved one’s urn because cremation memorialization
can take any number of forms. Our cemeteries have created areas
specifically for lasting remembrance. Typically, cremated remains are
permanently memorialized in a columbarium, ground-burial area or
specially designed cremation garden. Some families also choose to place
portions in miniature keepsake urns or pieces of jewelry and scatter
another small portion at a special place. (Please note that it is
necessary to check local restrictions on scattering cremated remains
both on public and private property.)
Yes, and having a funeral or gathering is often recommended by grief
counselors and families who have experienced a loss. Cremation (like
burial) is a separate event from a funeral or memorial service.
Selecting cremation does not diminish the important need for some type
of gathering that will honor and celebrate the life of your loved one.
Your friends and family can come together either before or after the
cremation has taken place. Your family may choose to have a visitation
prior to cremation or a service with or without your loved one’s
cremated remains (ashes) present.
Where will your loved one’s—or your own—cremated remains end up 5, 10
or even 50 years from now? it is important to establish a permanent
place to memorialize your loved one. It will provide your family and
friends with a focal point on special days, like birthdays,
anniversaries and holidays, to assist them in remembering the life that
A cremation garden provides a final resting place for your loved one’s
cremated remains. It is a designated area of the cemetery that may vary
from a simple urn garden to a more elaborate area featuring elegant
landscapes, graceful water designs and stunning granite monuments. The
space can provide a beautiful and comforting experience for the spirit
and the senses. Refreshing plants, trees and other natural botanical
details may complement the garden. An array of options including family
estates, personalized granite pedestals, niche walls, unique benches,
garden columbaria and water features may be available.
A columbarium is a structure designed specifically to hold cremated
remains, and it is commonly constructed of granite. Often found in
mausoleums, chapels or cremation gardens, a columbarium is made up of
many small compartments called “niches” that hold urns.
Yes, making plans in advance of the time of need ensures that your
wishes and preference for cremation will be known. Planning in advance
allows you to learn about all of the available choices and select at
your own pace the options that will best fit your and your family’s
needs. This can be one of the greatest gifts you give the people you
love. Your family will not have the burden of guessing what you would
have wanted or how much to spend.
We plan for vacations, weddings and retirement. Preplanning funeral and cemetery arrangements is no different.
Making funeral arrangements ahead of time helps to take the doubt and
confusion away from all of those who will be tasked to make difficult
decisions on your behalf. It also allows you to make sure that your
final wishes are known; and when you take time to plan calmly and with
ample information in hand, you can help to alleviate emotional
In many ways, preplanning is one of the greatest gifts you can give
to your loved ones because it offers them peace of mind. They will know
exactly what your final wishes were and will feel relieved that they
don’t have to guess what you would have wanted.
have the option to pay the costs ahead of time. You can prepay your
arrangements to help avoid the possibility of inflation while making
informed choices that fit within your budget. You also have the added
assurance that there will be less confusion over financial
responsibility during your family’s time of need.
- Estate tax reduction: Advance planning may reduce your heirs’ future estate tax burden.
- Medicaid/SSI spend-down exemption: Prepaid funeral and cemetery
costs are often exempt from the spend-down process to qualify for
Medicaid or state assistance.
- Cost-saving plans: Prefund your arrangements now at today’s prices.
- Help towards eliminating future costs: Preplanning may remove the
threat of unexpected financial costs for your family when they are the
- Secure cemetery property: Prefunding ensures that you get exactly
the cemetery property you want because it is a deeded purchase.
We proudly offer Simplicity Plan®, a comprehensive preplanning program
to assist you in taking care of your final plans before the time of
need. Our specially designed planning guide allows you to record your
thoughts and final wishes, personal and financial information and other
helpful facts your family may need when you are gone. If you wish to
begin planning online, SimplicityPlan.com
is an excellent end-of-life planning portal that allows you to
document, organize and store your important information. This website
and our family service counselors can assist members with end-of-life
issues, offer valuable financial and health information, and provide the
tools and guidance needed for you to make the best choices for you and
your family today.
Plan is not a will and is not legally binding. However, it is an
invaluable tool that enables your loved ones to know your wishes and
where to locate important documents.
When you join Simplicity Plan through SimplicityPlan.com,
it is important that you designate a trusted family member or friend
to have access to your plan in the event that you become ill or pass
away. If it’s difficult to share your wishes with those you love, just
make sure you provide instructions about how to access your
information. If you’ve chosen to prefund your arrangements, we will
have all of your personal instructions and wishes on-hand at our
facility to share with your family at the time of need.
Simplicity Plan has a nationwide network of firms. Your prearranged
services can be easily transferred to one of these providers should you
move or wish to relocate your funeral or cemetery services to another