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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below is a list of questions and responses that we commonly receive at the funeral home. We will continue to include any new questions in this section that we feel would be helpful to others.

If you have a question that has not been covered in this site we would like to hear from you. You may use the "Ask the Director" section of our site to forward your question or comments to us.

If you would prefer to call us on the telephone, our staff would be pleased to provide an answer to any funeral related matter you may have. If we do not have the answer immediately, we will find it for you and contact you the minute the information is in our hands.


 

1. What is the purpose of a funeral or memorial service?
 
2. What is the purpose of embalming?
 
3. Is embalming required by law?
 
4. What do I do if my loved one passes during the night?
 
5. Will someone respond right away to the death of my loved one?
 
6. I've never made funeral arrangements before, where do I begin?
 

Question #1What is the purpose of a funeral or memorial service?
Answer:Funeral and Memorial services are the customary way of the survivors to pay tribute to lives of their loved ones.  The services are also a way of aiding in the grief process.

Question #2What is the purpose of embalming?
Answer:Embalming temporarily preserves the body, making it possible to lengthen the time between death and final disposition.  This allows the family time to arrange the services that are most comfortable for them.

Question #3Is embalming required by law?
Answer:Embalming is not required by law, however, our funeral home may require it when certain types of services are selected.

Question #4What do I do if my loved one passes during the night?
Answer:Our professional staff is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including holidays to assist you, please call.

Question #5Will someone respond right away to the death of my loved one?
Answer:If you request immediate assistance, yes.  We will respond as quickly as we can, usually within an hour of your initial call.  If, however, you wish to spend some time with your loved one we will respect that and come when the time is right for you.

Question #6I've never made funeral arrangements before, where do I begin?
Answer:We will help guide you through the process by outlining all of your options and reviewing the costs so that you can may clear decisions that you are comfortable with.

3871 Old Columbia Pike | Ellicott City, MD 21043 | Phone: 410-465-4400 | Fax: 410-750-1478 | Email: slackfh@aol.com