COMMON QUESTIONS

Common Questions

WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A FUNERAL?

Funerals are one of the oldest customs in existence. Every culture in recorded history has practiced some celebration or ritual associated with a person’s death. This practice is but one of the basic needs of humanity that have existed for literally thousands of years, and remain unchanged by time and technology. We mark and commemorate every occasion in life including birthdays, baptisms, barmitzvas, graduations, weddings, and retirements. One of the greatest challenges each of us will face is the transition from life with someone, to life after they have died. Consequently, it is important that we come together as family and a community when someone has died not just to garner the support of others, but to express who this person was, and what they meant to us. To mark and commemorate an occasion that will change our lives, and help us to realize that we will never be the same again. Gatherings, visitations and funerals are healthy beginnings to that transition of stepping into life without that person physically present with us. It is not about caskets, vaults, earth burial or even cremation. It is a time that we commemorate and celebrate a life not because they have died, but because they have lived.

HOW MUCH SHOULD A FUNERAL COST?
SHOULD YOUNGER CHILDREN ATTEND THE FUNERAL?
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS MY FAMILY HAVE IN PERSONALIZING THE FUNERAL?
IS THERE ANY VALUE IN PUBLIC GATHERING WHEN DEATH OCCURS?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EMBALMING?
MY PARENTS WERE VERY SIMPLE PEOPLE, SO WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER MAKING THEIR FUNERALS MORE PERSONAL?
WHY DOES THE NEWSPAPER LIMIT THE INFORMATION REGARDING A PERSON'S LIFE IN THEIR OBITUARY?
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF BROUSSARD'S TAKING CARE OF THE DETAILS ASSOCIATED WITH A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT OUR CHURCH INSTEAD OF THE FAMILY?
IS PRE-PLANNING A FUNERAL AND PRE-PAYING A FUNERAL THE SAME THING?
IF I HAVE LIFE INSURANCE WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF STETTING UP A PRE-PAID FUNERAL PLAN?
IF I SET UP MY PRE-PAID FUNERAL CONTRACT CAN ANYBODY IN MY FAMILY CHANGE IT EITHER BEFORE OR AT THE TIME OF MY DEATH?
I WOULD LIKE A FUNERAL BUT I PREFER TO BE CREMATED, CAN I DO THAT?
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS CREATED BODY (ASHES)?
HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY OR VETERAN'S BENEFITS?

For additional information regarding prepaid funeral contracts, go to Texas Department of Banking website located at www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov