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Frequently Asked Questions

From the beginning of recorded history, societies have honored those who died with a ceremony. According to beliefs at that time, the purpose of the ritual was to send the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife.

Today, however, many experts agree that the benefits of a service are for those who are left behind after a death. A "closure" of sorts must occur to help survivors adjust to their loss and recognize that a death has occurred. A funeral service provides the opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the life that was lived and allow the healing process to begin.
Funeral costs vary depending on the funeral home and type of service selected. There are two types of costs associated with a funeral: (1) services provided by the funeral home and (2) merchandise such as a casket or urn.
10 Payment Options Provisions for payment are due at time of arrangements. For your convenience, we accept 10 methods of payment, which are listed below. Cash ? Check ? Debit Card Visa ? MasterCard ? American Express ? Discover ? Insurance Assignment of a Verifiable Policy (subject to a processing fee of 4.00%)? Advance Payment by a Forwarding or Receiving Funeral Home ? Pre-Funded Funeral Planning
All charges involving the funeral home's services and merchandise are available from our professional staff. We will provide a general price list with all charges.
Yes. Today, pre-arrangement and prepayment of funerals are becoming more common. Pre-arranging will provide you with more time to review your options and give you a choice in your own funeral service. Pre-arrangement will provide you with the peace of mind that everything has been taken care of; relieving your family of the emotional and financial burden that often comes with making arrangements when a loved one passes away. Oftentimes, making arrangements in advance also guarantees a service and funeral at today's prices, free from inflation; we will assist you with your pre-arrangements.
Caskets are made of either metal (bronze, copper or steel) or wood. Prices vary, depending on the exterior and interior materials used. Bronze, a semiprecious metal, is more expensive than steel. Mahogany, a rare hardwood, is more expensive than the readily available softwood pine.
Embalming is the temporary preservation of a deceased's remains. It is not required by law, but is common practice when a viewing is planned.
Yes. In fact, we will do more than just assist you with securing these benefits. Our staff is trained to complete all necessary paperwork to begin the benefits process and ensure that the benefits are secured in a timely manner.
Before cremation occurs, the death certificate must be completed and signed by the attending physician or medical examiner, and all civil and medical authorities must have issued all required permits. In addition, necessary authorizations to cremate must be obtained from the next of kin or authorizing person and no objections to the cremation can be raised. The cremation then takes place and the cremated remains are placed in the designated container or urn selected for final disposition.
We offer a wide variety of cremation containers and caskets to meet each family's needs.
Services are held at the discretion of the family. Many choose to have a traditional service first, followed by the cremation.
There are many options to consider with a cremation. A family can choose to bury the remains in a cemetery, store and display them at home in an urn or scatter them in a place special to the deceased. It is advisable to check local restrictions on scattering remains on public property and obtain permission for private property.
By making arrangements and funding your funeral in advance, you were able to express your own wishes and relieve this emotional and financial burden from your family. Usually, these arrangements can be reestablished with another funeral home and nearly all funding vehicles are transferable by the owner.
Yes. Attending the funeral allows the child to be a part of the family at a time when they need love and attention the most. If the child is leery of the funeral, perhaps you can arrange a private moment before or after the service for the child to say goodbye. Or ask your funeral director if their facility has a playroom where that child could stay until the service is complete. The important thing is that the child is with friends and family and not isolated from the situation.
Here are five simple ways to help a grieving child: Be there for the child. Listen when they need to talk, and hug them when they need comfort. Share fond memories about the loved one with the child, and encourage them to share their own memories. Encourage the child to draw a picture or write a letter to their loved one. These items could be placed in the casket or displayed during the cremation. Frame a picture of the loved one for the child or give the child another memento to remember their loved one by. (i.e. coins that were in their pocket, a favorite pin, etc. Involve the child in the funeral. Let them read a poem or letter they have written, sing or play a song during the service, or even just attend the funeral with family and friends.
It is impossible to protect children from the pain of losing someone they loved. Trying to hide the death from them will only delay their inevitable realization that the person is no longer a part of the child’s life. It is better to include children in the mourning experience and teach them a healthy way to deal with their feelings.
We Honor All Burial Policies 100% In Other Words, Full Credit Will Be Given For Your Burial Policy or Life Insurance Policy From Any Other Funeral Home and There Will Be Absolutely No Reduction of Burial Policy Benefits When Applied to Services and Merchandise at Bowser Family Funeral Home. "NOTICE" If You Have A Burial Policy Through A Burial Association Within 25 Miles of Bowser Family Funeral Home And Would Like To Use Our Funeral Home You May Contact Us And We Will Give You And Your Family FULL Credit For The Amount On That Policy. This Includes Everyone That Is Currently On That Policy.
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