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Why not eliminate all the fuss, bother, and expense of flowers and funerals and donate the money to charity?

There certainly are many worthy charities. Experience shows that most people see value in both. For example, if the person died from cancer, a donation to the Cancer Society in memory of the individual is especially meaningful. At the same time, it is nice to send flowers to the family left. There is nothing like […]

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What purpose do these fancy caskets serve?

A “fancy” casket is usually made of more expensive materials (bronze, copper, stainless steel, mahogany, etc.) and will often have more atheistically pleasing hardware and finish options. While there are usually some practical advantages to more expensive caskets (corrosion resistance, etc), it is true that every casket we offer, from least to most expensive, will […]

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If my family decides they don’t want the so-called “traditional funeral” for me, what other options do they have?

While there’s certainly something to be said for continuing traditions and customs, we believe that a funeral ceremony should be as unique as the life lived. From Humanistic services to natural burials and everything in between, we’re here to help make every service as individual as it needs to be.

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Is a viewing really necessary?

For many people, the viewing of the deceased is an important part of the grieving process and one that simply cannot be replaced by any other means. Human beings are visual creatures. We usually believe what we see and often have complications coming to terms with things with which we cannot. Because of that, we […]

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Why do you believe we need death education?

Psychologists have theorized that the institutionalizing of death (Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) has effectively robbed us as a society of our ability to cope with death in a healthy way. We’re shielded from death in so many ways that it makes it more difficult when we inevitably lose someone we love. Death education is important […]

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How do I talk to my children about death?

The answer depends greatly upon the individual child, their age, and previous experiences (or lack thereof) with death. A good place to start is telling them the truth, or as close to the truth as you judge your child being able to comprehend, and waiting for them to ask the questions they have on their […]

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I think I want to be cremated. What types of services can I have if I choose cremation?

Just about any type of service you or they would choose. Whether it be a private mountain top service with family and close friends, or a “traditional” style cremation service held at the funeral home or church, cremation offers the family members a wide variety of options for the type and location of the service […]

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How much does a funeral usually cost?

The price of a funeral can vary considerably depending upon the type of service and merchandise selected. That said, the average funeral will usually cost somewhere around $8,000 to $9,000.

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Do you have to have a vault or grave liner to be buried?

The answer is, it depends. Virginia state law does not require a vault or grave liner for burial, however, most established cemeteries do. From a cemetery maintenance standpoint, the burial vault is important because it prevents the natural settling of the grave by supporting the weight of the earth above. This translates into less workload […]

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