Overview of Services
Taking Care of Your Family During Your Loss is Our Top Priority.
A traditional service for burial, entombment or cremation, is usually the service of choice. At Massey Funeral Home we believe in the traditional funeral, because it best serves the needs of family and friends.
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same typeof funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.
The traditional funeral service may include the following:
- Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
- Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
- Professional support and administrative staff assistance
- Use of visitation rooms
- General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
- Funeral service
- Use of funeral coach
- Utility car
- Register book
- Acknowledgment cards
- Memorial folders or prayer cards
Massey Funeral Home was the first in the area to offer limousines to their families. Massey Funeral Homes was the first to offer personalized memorial folders and personalized acknowledgement cards to their families.
The body is buried shortly after death, usually in a simple container. No viewing or visitation is involved, so no embalming is necessary. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later. Direct burial usually costs less than the "traditional," full-service funeral. Costs include the funeral home's basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt. If the family chooses to be at the cemetery for the burial, the funeral home often charges an additional fee for a graveside service.
The body is cremated shortly after death, without embalming. The cremated remains are placed in an urn or other container. No viewing or visitation is involved, although a memorial service may be held, with or without the cremated remains present. The remains can be kept in the home, buried or placed in a crypt or niche in a cemetery. Burial or scattering of cremated remains is subject to state and local law. Direct cremation usually costs less than the traditional, full-service funeral. Costs include the funeral home's basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body. A crematory fee may be included or, if the funeral home does not own the crematory, the fee may be added on. There also will be a charge for an urn or other container.
When pre-planning a funeral, all of your thoughts and wishes are planned for. Your family will know what you want, and not what they think you want. At Massey Funeral Home, we'll help you put it in writing. Writing it down will help avoid family disputes, or involvement by others that may not know what your wishes are. Your loved ones won't question: "Did we do the right thing? Did we forget anything? Is this what she/he wanted? Did we spend too much?" All that is eliminated because you put it in writing.
Pre-planning is the first step. Many people are considering ways to fund their funeral. Funding the funeral guarantees that the goods and services selected will not cost the family anything more. Pre-planning along with pre-funding work together because they offer peace of mind. Your survivors will not be burdened with decisions regarding your funeral.
Since 1960, the number of pre-planned funerals has increased by 1000%. Why such a dramatic increase in Pre-Planned Funerals? Because pre-planning guarantees:
- Your wishes will be fulfilled.
- You will spare your loved ones any unnecessary financial burden.
Pre-planning your own funeral makes sense because it allows you to take full control of your funeral right now. You can save your loved ones the trauma of making difficult decisions without knowing exactly what you have wanted. Pre-planning allows you to confer with your loved ones and make your plans together, thus resolving your most personal matters with a clear mind, in a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. In return, you will save the people you care about most from the emotional turmoil and burdensome decisions that an unplanned funeral can often bring. By making the decision to pre-pay now, you will lock in the cost of your funeral at today's prices, even if you live for another 50 years. When you pre-arrange and pre-pay, you can be assured that definite arrangements have been made and no other financial decisions need to be faced. No matter what the cost of fulfilling your last wishes at your time of need, pre-payment guarantees the cost will remain constant, regardless of inflation. In fact, since pre-paying ensures that you are protected against inflation, you can save thousands of dollars to spend as you please or leave to your loved ones by making the decision to pre-pay.
Following the death of a loved one it is natural to spend time grieving your loss. It is a time of emotional highs and lows that can grip some of us tighter than others. At Massey Funeral Home we provide the families we serve with care and support from the moment they call us to well after the funeral ends. We also have a number of free grief support material available to further assist those dealing with loss and separation.
The National Funeral Directors Association also suggests the following ways to handle the pain of grief:
- Get support from a relative, friend, neighbor, or spiritual leader.
- They can listen, without judging, and provide you with whatever support you need.
- Join a support group. It can be very therapeutic to be with people who have had a similar loss.
- Express your feelings. Confide in a trusted friend or write in a journal.
- Take care of yourself. Eat balanced, nutritious meals. Get plenty of rest. Find an exercise or activity you enjoy and do it regularly.
- Find outside help when necessary. There are counselors and therapists specially trained in ways to help you cope with your grief.
We hope this information is resourceful for you in planning a respectful and dignified “goodbye” for your loved one. We promise to work with you through the funeral planning process to make it as simple as possible.
Massey Funeral Homes is committed to providing affordable, quality services in your time of loss and need.