This is where we create the experience and set the tone for all that will follow. The funeral director will set the structure of the tentative agenda for what we call our "Meeting of the Minds". Though this process we will summarize the funeral directors role in the planning process, emphasize the importance of planning a personalized, meaningful funeral and to review goals for the arrangement conference.
1. Learning about your family and your loved one who has passed - "Tell the Story"
2. Helping the family understand the many opportunities they have to both celebrate and mourn the life.
3. Make decisions with all the information provided to create a healing, meaningful funeral experience.
Typically a funeral arrangement is broken down to three main sections:
1. The Vital Statistics for the death certificate
2. Service Information
3. Payment Options
What to Expect when you arrive at Floyd A. Williams Funeral Home
You will be greeted and meet with a licensed funeral director who will discuss all your options and arrange the details of the funeral service. The funeral director will also introduce you to our caring staff members at Floyd A. Williams Funeral Home who are here to assist as well. The director will talk with you to learn about the deceased’s life and make recommendations for a meaningful and dignified service.
The director will oversee all service details ranging from:
- Confirming times, dates and location of the funeral service
- Selecting and confirming clergy or presider
- Placing an obituary in local and out of town newspapers
- Confirming and arranging times with the selected cemetery
- Arranging Military Honors when applicable
- Selection and ordering of all funeral merchandise including the casket, vault, flowers, grave markers and all other desired items
- Notifying Social Security
- Collecting information for the death certificate and file all information with the necessary local authorities
- Explaining and contacting any social service organization that you maybe eligible for assistance
- Getting proposals for headstones and grave markers
- Helping setup a memorial meal, luncheon or gathering
- Making sure you know what to expect during the service
- For cremations, the director will go over all additional necessary authorizations and will require the minimum of a photo for identification purposes
- Contacting all insurance providers to coordinate funeral assignments so you do not have to be inconvenienced by excessive paperwork
- Guiding you through finalizing your loved ones estate (i.e. Probate)
- Following up and staying connected with you from the first call through the services.
Please note that our directors will come to you if you are not feeling comfortable or up to coming into the funeral home. All arrangements can be made within the comfort of your own home.
You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died. The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory where through intense heat is reduced to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble course sand.
Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship. The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not. You have the option of having the remains interred (earth burial), or it may be entombed in a crypt inside a mausoleum (above ground burial).
We encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.
At Floyd A. Williams Funeral Home, we offer domestic and International shipping for your deceased loved ones. When you contact us for assistance, a funeral director will immediately assist you and answer any questions you may have. Our funeral directors are expertly trained in World Wide transportation logistics which relieves additional stress and cost your family.