Q & A

This section will help you make decisions for the future by explaining what is involved in funeral pre-arrangements, the rewards of pre-planning a funeral, and what options are available.  In addition to what we will ask and discussed with you at your Advance Planning appointment.

The First Decision: Burial or Cremation?

This is one of the major decisions which must be made when making funeral arrangements, and for most families, the answer depends on a variety of things.  For example, if the family has traditionally chosen burial in previous generations, they may again decide to choose earth burial, simply because the family own plots together in a local cemetery.  Cremation, as you may well know, is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, traditionally through the process of heat and fire.


Why does the funeral home need these vital statistics?

Throughout the funeral planning process, the funeral home staff upon your death acts as your representative in many ways. They coordinate between third parties, like the florist, clergy, musicians, Veterans Affairs, etc. Also, with the vital information provided, they obtain permits for burial or cremation; in some cases, help prepare the obituary; and submit a request for a death certificate to the county. And if your loved one was a veteran, they coordinate with the Armed Forces for any military honors you may request for your loved one. These are just a few of the details they take care of, but to accomplish these, the funeral home staff needs to know your loved one’s pertinent information.


What vital statistics should I bring with me to the Advance Planning meeting?

If possible, it’s best to prepare this information before you attend the arrangement conference. By doing so, you will make the arrangement conference much smoother and more efficient for yourself and your loved ones.  You can ask for a Vital Statistics Sheet to complete and bring back at time of your appointment.

Be sure to bring these vital statistics to the Advance Planning appointment for your loved one:

  • Social Security Number

  • Spouse’s name (if applicable)

  • Armed Forces information (including DD-214)

  • Marriage Certificate

  • Name of legal of next to kin

  • POA (Power of Attorney) if arranging for another



What You Need to Know About Veterans’ Burial Benefits?

Many veterans and their families are uninformed about the burial benefits they can expect to receive at the time of death. Some veterans assume that Veterans Affairs (VA) will pay for all funeral and burial costs, while others assume that all their cemetery costs will be covered. In fact, neither assumption is completely correct. While VA does offer many very helpful burial benefits to honorably discharged veterans, their spouses and dependents, this organization does not cover all funeral expenses.


What is the average cost of a pre-planned funeral?

Keep in mind that just as every wedding is different, every funeral is different. Because of this, the final costs will vary based on personal preferences and the needs of the family, as well as their budget. Some will choose cremation over burial, a funeral service over a memorial service, a flat grave marker over a monument. Each of these individual choices will affect the overall cost.


How do you pay for your Funeral?

Many people do not realize that payment for a funeral is due prior to services being rendered. So, having a financial plan in place to pay for a funeral is essential for every adult. There are many ways to pay for a funeral, in advance or at the time of need.  Our staff, as Life Insurance Specialist and FDLIC (Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company) Agents for both Hatfield Funeral Home and Jensen’s Sierra Vista Mortuary will discuss with you several options plans. 

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