Frequently Asked Questions
How is your funeral home different from the others in the area?
We are a family owned funeral home that provides dignified and affordable burial and cremation services in Placer County. We are not Corporately owned, a franchise or part of a National chain. When you retain our services, you will work directly with one of our family members.
How many death certificates will I need?
Since everybody’s estate is different, the number of death certificates needed will vary. The simple rule is that if you are going to receive money back from Social Security, Life Insurance, Pensions, Investments, etc. you will need an original, certified copy. Banks generally will just need a copy.
What do funeral directors do?
Essentially, a funeral director is trained to anticipate your needs and help you decide on the details of your service. But, in the end, it is you who knows your loved one best, so a director is here to simply help arrange any type of service that will honor and celebrate your loved one. Directors can be caregivers, planners, organizers and advisors all at once. They are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person’s having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors can also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.
Do I need to be embalmed when I pass away?
No. When you pass away, the law states that you do not need to be embalmed unless you choose services that would require it. Open casket Funerals and visitations where the public is present would require it. Also, if you pass away out of state and need to cross state lines and be transported by common carrier also require it. Some cemeteries require embalming if you choose to have a mausoleum entombment. There may be other situations and your Funeral Professional will be happy to discuss this with you.
What is appropriate to wear at a funeral?
When you are choosing attire for a funeral, the first step is to find out whether the service will be traditional or personalized. Dress for a traditional service in formal attire. A dark suit, slacks, skirt, or dress is appropriate. For footwear, choose a flat shoe or a lower heel. It is often recommended to wear darker colors, and while muted color tones are generally acceptable, it is best to avoid bright colors and distracting prints.
Some families may choose to celebrate their loved one with a personalized service. This type of service may be themed around a passion or interest, favorite color, sports team, or an achievement. For these types of events, the family may request that you dress in accordance with the theme of the service.
Can we make payments?
No. Our policy is to collect payment at the time of the arrangement conference. If there are circumstances where that may not be possible, please discuss it with your Funeral Professional.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us at 530-802-1718. We can help lead you in the right direction at anytime of the day or night.
Do I have to place an obituary in the local newspaper?
No, you do not. While some families still choose to do this, many do not. It is not required that you do so. With social media being so prevalent today, when families are planning a service, many use social media channels because they can target specific people that they want to reach out to. Also, many families choose to do an obituary on the funeral homes web site for other online obituary web sites.
What if a death occurs away from home?
Our funeral staff will arrange to have your loved one transported from anywhere in the world back to your home town. We will make the proper arrangements to have your loved one returned to their community.