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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

FAQ: My mother wants to be cremated; what choices do we need to make?

You are already a step ahead by thinking about and preplanning the funeral together. Prearranging her funeral is not only practical but also a thoughtful gesture as it relieves you (her children) from the burden of making many choices during a difficult and emotional time. Cremation is becoming a very common choice at death. In 2016, one out of every two Americans chose cremation over burial according to a Time magazine article. This is a dramatic change from previous decades, which proves Continue reading

Video: Where does my loved get cremated?

Funeral Director and Certified Life Celebrant, Ross DeJohn III, reassures families their loved one never leaves our care at the DeJohn Funeral Homes on-site crematory.   Continue reading

Why Am I So Sad?

Bereavement & Aftercare Specialist, Patty DeJohn shares her thoughts on going through the pain of grief. Sadness and pain in the grieving process is a universal feeling. And every person who goes through a death experience will feel this. When it will end depends a lot on your personality, and on your level of faith, because pain is something in our society that if you turn on your TV, they will tell you, the commercials, to get rid of that pain. Take this pill, drink this drink, Continue reading

Should Children Attend The Funeral

Ross DeJohn Jr. and Ross DeJohn III share their thoughts and insights about children attending funerals.   Continue reading

Must an obituary be published in a newspaper?

We publish the obituary notice on our website free of charge and there is no limit to the length of the online obituary. The publication of an obituary notice in a newspaper is a matter of your personal choice. While most newspapers control the editorial format, you have the right to limit the amount of information, if any, provided to them. Continue reading

May I make all the necessary arrangements in advance?

Yes, usually all arrangements may be made in advance. When you plan ahead, you will be able to consider the many options available. You will have the opportunity to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements, and the form of memorial you prefer. You will be able to make choices that are meaningful to both you and your family, and you will gain peace of mind knowing your family and friends will be relieved of the emotional and financial burden often associated with Continue reading

Is it ok to have a viewing and not a service?

Yes, if that is the wish of the family, the we will arrange designated times for calling hours, have the times published in the newspaper and simply add to the obituary that services will be private or at the convenience of the family. This information will make it clear to the public as to arrangements, and fulfill the wishes of the family. Continue reading

What do funeral directors do?

Primarily they care and safeguard the deceased person until final disposition, including embalming and restorative work. A growing number of funeral directors are trained as grief counselors to help families through the bereavement process. They also arrange and provide an orderly series of events that finalize the funeral, the final disposition, and legal paperwork so the family can proceed forward. They also provide the physical establishment in which all of this can be accomplished. Continue reading

Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?

No, cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition. Continue reading