Frequently Asked Questions
We have developed this Frequently Asked Questions page to answer some common questions and concerns. If you do not find an answer to a question that you may have, or if you want us to go into more detail on an answer already listed, please give us a call at (814) 695-9551. You may also contact us by clicking HERE to fill out our Contact form.
What is the purpose of a funeral?
A funeral in its simplest sense is a tribute to a loved one’s life. It provides an environment where family and friends can reflect on, tell stories about and celebrate the life of the one they have loved.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, delays the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body for viewing. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing the family time to arrange and participate in the types of services most comforting to them.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to serve our community. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Who should I contact if my loved one dies out-of-state?
Contact the funeral home first, as soon as possible. We will assist you with the out-of-state arrangements to transfer your loved one back home safely.
Are Veterans’ Benefits available for me?
We offer personal assistance with filing for various Veterans’ Benefits. We can determine eligibility and file the necessary paperwork for you to receive entitlements. Every honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces is entitled to a United States Flag for burial purposes. Other benefits may include burial in a VA national cemetery, a headstone / grave marker and a burial benefit towards funeral / burial expenses, depending upon the circumstances. You may either contact our funeral home at (814) 695-9551 or the Regional Veterans Affairs Office directly at (800) 827-1000 to determine benefits available for you.
What about Social Security benefits?
We notify the Social Security Administration and assist in applying for benefits. SSA will pay a benefit of $255 to a surviving spouse or a dependant child. Other benefits may also be available. You can contact the Social Security Administration directly at (800) 772-1213, or you may visit www.ssa.gov for more information.
How do I get certified copies of death certificates?
Certificates are purchased through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. You may either contact our funeral home at (814) 695-9551 or call the Department of Vital Statistics directly at (800) 842-5040 to have an application mailed to you.
Are my pre-arranged funds safe and secure?
Funeral homes have a legal responsibility to place 100% of pre-funded funeral expenses into a trust account or some form of insurance. We can offer suggestions and guidance as to which method may best suit your needs.
I have already pre-arranged my funeral at another funeral home. Can I transfer it to another one of my choice?
People move to different areas of the state or country. Others just have a change of mind over time. Your pre-arrangements belong to you, and you have the right to move them to the funeral home of your choice. If you are having second thoughts about where you made your arrangements, and are interested in transferring them, please give us a call with your questions. We honor pre-arrangements made at any funeral home. Always compare costs, services and facilities when making your decision.
I am from out-of-town. Is there a local florist that I can contact for ordering flower arrangements for a loved one’s funeral?
Warner's Florist - 20 S. Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg - (814)695-9431
Wendt's Florist - 121 Maple Hollow Rd., Duncansville - (814) 695-3464
Creative Expressions Floral - 3977 6th Ave., Altoona - (814) 944-5903
There are several other florists in the surrounding communities also.
Please contact the funeral home at (814) 695-9551 for more information.
Please contact us for any other questions that you may have.