Frequently Asked Questions

At the Werner Rothwell Funeral Home we understand how difficult this time is, and that you may have many questions.

Below are some straight answers to real questions about funeral and cemetery arrangements, cremation, grief and other issues related to the end of life. No family should have to face the loss of a loved one uninformed and unprepared.

  • Some people cannot afford basic funeral services. Is financial aid available to the poor?

    Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to pay for funerals, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment from Social Security. In most states, some form of public aid allowances are available from either the state, county, city, or a combination. Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them.

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  • Why should I plan a funeral for my loved one?

    A funeral or memorial is a customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are held for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process. They also give mourners a chance to share stories, create memories, fulfill religious beliefs & customs, participate in a support system, and gather at a peaceful place during a time of confusion and uncertainty.

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  • What tasks are involved in arranging a funeral?

    There can be as many as 200 tasks when planning a funeral. Many of them are listed below. Our Funeral Director will coordinate most of these for you, after meeting with you at a private consultation.

    1. Obtain the signature of the attending physician, coroner or medical examiner on the required certificate; file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics where the death occurred
    2. Ensure compliance with government regulators
    3. Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home (local or out of town)
    4. Obtain family history
    5. Make decisions regarding the remains of the deceased
    6. Determine the budget (if funeral has not been pre-arranged)
    7. Determine the funeral or memorial service location(s), such as church, chapel, or graveside
    8. Plan for a viewing/visitation and determine open or closed casket
    9. Choose the final resting place (cemetery, mausoleum, private land, etc.)
    10. Make necessary arrangements with clergy, church and cemetery officials
    11. Obtain certified copies of the death certificate, as necessary
    12. Procure the burial permit and file with the cemetery
    13. Select and purchase the casket, outer burial container or urn
    14. Select a monument/marker
    15. Order and schedule the delivery of all products/merchandise
    16. Compose and submit newspaper and other media notices
    17. Choose clothing & jewelry
    18. Select poems, scripture, readings
    19. Select music: taped, live musicians, etc.
    20. Choose pallbearers

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  • What do funeral directors do?

    Funeral directors are caregivers, advisors, and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and carry out the wishes of the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death, are trained to answer questions about grief, and can recommend sources of professional help.

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  • Who should be included in the gathering or ceremony?

    Family, close friends, co-workers, fellow worshipers, neighbors & acquaintances, and in some cases, the greater community.

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  • What recourse does a consumer have for poor service or overcharging?

    Funeral service is regulated by the FTC and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the Funeral Service Consumer Assistance Program. FSCAP provides information, mediates disputes, provides arbitration, and maintains a consumer guarantee fund for reimbursement of services rendered. (To contact FSCAP, call 708-827-6337 or 800-662-7666).

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Werner-Rothwell Funeral Home
60 Mill Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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