Cash Advances are items obtained from a third party and paid for by the funeral provider at the request of and on behalf of the client family such as newspaper notices, death certificates, flowers, honorariums, and cemetery or crematory fees.

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By making your arrangements irrevocable the government currently allows you to exclude up to $17,079 in prepaid burial/funeral contracts from your personal assets. Depending upon your remaining assets, this may permit you to remain eligible for Medicare, Medicaid and Medical Assistance.

A few people make their arrangements irrevocable so that their surviving relatives, after their death, cannot change the type of services they have selected.

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The Federal Trade Commission General Price List Format has been required to be used by all funeral homes in the United States since 1994. It affords the consumer the opportunity to compare prices easily since every funeral provider must present their pricing in the same way. A copy of our complete General Price List is available at the Funeral Home.

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<p>What is the purpose of embalming?</p>

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Embalming means to disinfect, preserve (to a limited degree) and to restore the dead human body to a natural life-like appearance. Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial. Pennsylvania rules and regulations number 13.211A requires that any human remains held 24 hours beyond death be embalmed or sealed in a hermetically sealed container that will not allow fumes or odors to escape or shall be kept under refrigeration provided, however, that this does not conflict with any religious beliefs or medical examinations.

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The burial process is the most expensive individual operation of all a cemetery does. The physical digging of the grave is the most straightforward part. There are actually over 72 steps to making an interment. Starting with pulling your records, typing the maintenance opening order, entering the computer record, and laying out the precise location are only a few of the 72 separate functions. Backhoes and dump trucks are exceedingly expensive ($65,000 and $40,000 respectfully) as is the amount of manpower required. We spend a lot of “waiting” time being ready for the procession to arrive.
The effort involved in restoring the grave to its original appearance and repairing unavoidable damage caused to the surrounding turf area caused during an interment is extensive. If you come in two years later and report a grave has sunk, you expect us to repair it. This repair is a cost related to that original burial.

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Identification Viewing means a brief, non-public viewing of the deceased by the next of kin or responsible party to identify the remains. Cremation laws are very strict when it comes to positive identification of the deceased.

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