Steps to Follow: Funeral Home and Cremations

Posted on February 1, 2021 by Bennie Smith Funeral Home under Funeral Education
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Do you feel like it’s overwhelming and complicated to design end-of-life services for someone that you love? Yes, it can be a challenge to face these decisions when you are working through grief and loss. But you don’t have to work through these challenges without support. Choosing a reputable funeral planning staff ensures that you have support for everything you require. Contact us when you are ready to get started with funeral home and cremations services.

Our experienced staff has many years of industry experience. We understand what you are going through during this difficult time. When you choose our funeral home, we’ll walk you through every detail that needs to be addressed – from burial to honoring life and more.

Through this carefully designed funeral planning process, we’ll walk you through each detail that needs to be addressed. Since we’ve helped so many families with funeral planning, we know the best approach to ensure quality results for each event. Not only does our staff listen to your requests, but we are happy to answer your questions about available services.

Beginning the Planning: Funeral Home and Cremations

Where should you start when you need to start planning a funeral? It’s as simple as picking up the phone to call our team. With this phone call, you will engage the services of a compassionate funeral planning staff. Our thorough knowledge about the industry ensures that you will receive full support every step of the way.

Families usually start the funeral planning process in one of these circumstances:

  • Immediate Care is Required: If a loved one passes away without a funeral plan in place, then you will need to start at the beginning. Contact us without delay so we can guide the most important decisions that will need to happen in the upcoming days. It doesn’t matter if the death was sudden or expected; we can help with immediate funeral planning. We’ll walk you through the possibilities to ensure these services are a great fit for the unique preferences of your loved ones.
  • Funeral Preplanning for Self: Another option is when a person wants to prepare funeral services for the future. If you have specific requests for the event, then our team can record these details, so they are ready when the event is scheduled. We’re happy to talk to you about the options for future services. The benefit of preplanning is that you can remove the most difficult decisions from your family after you are gone.
  • Preplanning for a Loved One: There are times when families reach out to us because they know that funeral services will soon come for a loved one. If you have a family member who is sick, then it can be helpful to begin the funeral planning process as soon as possible. The earlier you start, the more input you will be able to receive from the loved one. This process helps you dial in some of the most important decisions, so you can reduce the stress after the funeral date is finalized.

It doesn’t matter if you want to talk about preplanning, or you need immediate care. We are always here to assist! Rest assured knowing that our team is committed to providing the full support you need in all stages of funeral design.

Choosing a Resting Place

One important decision you need to address is where the person will be laid to rest. Do you have a local cemetery and burial plot? Then we can coordinate services when it’s time to work with the cemetery. Or, our funeral planning team can assist in helping you find the right location for burial.

Another possibility is to plan a cremation as an alternative to burial. Cremated ashes can be buried in a cemetery if you desire. There are many other options you can choose after cremation:

  • Plant a tree in honor of the deceased
  • Scatter the ashes in a memorial garden
  • Visit a favorite family vacation spot to scatter the ashes
  • Place the ashes in a beautiful urn that will be kept in your home

Remember that this resting place is a location that you will visit time and time again. Think about your preferences in the future. Families often want a convenient location and beautiful setting where they can lay a loved one to rest.

Custom Planning for Funeral Services

One of the reasons why you should choose our funeral planning team is because we offer every family a customized experience. We know that traditions and cultural ceremonies can be an important part of this process. Our staff provides the hands-on support you need to ensure that you receive quality services for funeral homes and cremations,

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have Pre-Arranged funeral online?
Yes our website offers a step-by-step interactive form that can be used to record your end-of-life plan and send the completed form to our staff for safekeeping. Fill up our online form here.

What kind of caskets do you offer?
Our selection includes traditional metal and wood caskets, as well as a number of beautifully crafted artistic caskets. Each casket, even our simple pine caskets, has unique detailing. Check our casket selection here.

How can I be of help to the bereaved?
In no way should you impose a limit on the amount of time their bereavement takes; the only limitations you can set have to do with any negative behaviors you witness. Read more on how you can help here.

From humble beginnings on a farm in Faceville, Georgia, Bennie Smith evolved into a successful and caring businessman setting the standards for funeral homes across this country. Today, Bennie Smith Funeral Home(s) is one the largest African-American-owned Funeral Homes on the East Coast. With 13 locations up and down the Delmarva Peninsula, from Wilmington, Dover, Milford, Seaford, Millsboro, Salisbury, Easton, Princess Anne, Chestertown, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and more. For over 35 years, we've been caring for families like yours.