Planning & Designing the Service
Traditional funeral followed by cremation;
The body is present and can be placed in a “rental Casket” then following the service cremation takes place, often followed by a burial of the urn at the cemetery of your choice. This allows blending the importance of the body present for services and those families preferring cremation afterwards.
Memorial services often involve having the urn present at the service along with photos and other mementoes. Burial often follows in the cemetery of your choice.
occasionally a family prefers to simply meet at the cemetery either with the body in a casket or with the cremated remains in your choice of urn.
Zahrbock Funeral Service and Cremation offers a complete line of caskets in both style and price range…whether you prefer a steel casket or in a certain color, or may prefer the warmth and natural beauty of solid hardwood caskets.
Complete selection of burial vaults is available from Wilbert Vault Company and they deliver and set up at the graveside. An unsealed grave liner is the minimum cemetery requirement to house a casket and selecting a sealed burial vault provides long-lasting protection.
Cremation Urns are made of wood, bronze, brass, marble and plastic and come in many designs. Many families bury the urn at a family cemetery plot allowing for a permanent disposition.
We also offer assistance in designing grave markers and monuments which are available in many shapes, sizes and granite colors. We have been affiliated with several monument companies for over 50 years and we would be pleased to show you many of their memorials in local cemeteries.
Directing a Funeral
We are often asked, “What does a funeral director all do?”
In summary we pride ourselves on being arrangers of all the details, both large and small, to plan a funeral or memorial so the family can tend to their own private family needs. We answer our phones at all times to be available for your family when a death occurs, provide transportation for the remains, prepare the body for viewing or the cremation as selected, coordinate with the church, clergy, musicians, cemetery personnel, etc…prepare all legal documents such as death certificates and Social Security notification, staff the visitation and funeral as well as prepare printed folders and register books for the service. Since no two services are alike, we will make every effort to assist in coordinating the details so the memory is as your family desires.
Feel free to call us anytime to visit about any of the services we can arrange to meet your needs. A member of our staff will answer. We do not use a phone answering service.
Nothing creates a true lasting memory like a Memorial Video that family and friends watch time and time again. Reinforce the celebration of life and those emotions they felt during the visitation and service. The memorial video will be played over and over and shared with friends and family each holiday, dinner party or family reunion creating a lasting and positive image of your loved one for years to come.
The Zahrbock Funeral Home strives to make each and every marker and monument as personalized as the family wishes. This will be done under the guidance of the staff as each family is personally helped as they make decisions.
We work with several monument companies to insure that you received the monument that you want. These monuments are high quality and respected granite companies.
We offer monuments for all price ranges that will fit your budget. This includes the lettering, dates and carvings. The foundation, delivery and installation will also be included.
The choosing of a memorial is a very personal decision and we want to help you in any way that we can. Please call us for an appointment and visit with us.
“We are pleased to provide families with a way to honor and celebrate the life of their loved one.” “A Memory Keepsake not only helps a family with the healing process, it also becomes a memorable gift to hand down to future generations.”
After Care Services
You will probably feel a variety of emotions when you lose someone you love. The ability to make it though the death of a loved one can be challenging. You may have feelings of shock and disbelief, anger, guilt and depressions.
Caring for yourself is not selfish but needed. The period of recovery is different for every person. There is no timetable for grief, so don’t compare yourself with others who have lost loved ones. Your life has changed and healing in your own way is important for the health of your mind, body and spirit. It is normal for some days to be better than others. You may also feel tired as grieving is hard work for the body emotionally and physically. This is also very normal even though you may not think so.
To help with the grieving process, the Zahrbock Funeral Home offers a variety of services at no cost to our families. Following the service, a handwritten letter is sent to all family members and a member of our staff will call you at your home a few weeks after the service and if desired a staff member may also visit you to talk about your loved one. This staff member will also invite the family members out for dinner to further assist in the grieving process.
Each year on the first Sunday in November on “All Saints Day,” all of our families that we have served in the past year are invited to a Holiday Dinner at a local church. This evening is entitled “Grief Through The Holidays.” We feature a dinner, speaker and a service of remembrance.
Placing the deceased in a permanent memorial is just as important to some families as the memorial service itself. For many, a grave or mausoleum niche is a place to visit and remember the life of their loved one. Others find a place in their home to keep the cremated remains. Choosing a place for final disposition provides your family the opportunity to visit and reflect in a permanent, identifiable location.
Type of Services
Planning the details of a funeral and coordinating the service are difficult tasks in a time of crisis. Beginning at the moment we receive notification of a person’s death, our professional staff will begin to assist your family with the many details of planning a funeral. We’ll take responsibility for the care of your loved one. A funeral director will make arrangements to meet with you to discuss your wishes, assure compliance with the law, provide assistance with floral selection and help coordinate the time and place of the funeral service
A traditional burial has several options for caskets and grave markers. Our staff and facilities are available to your family to help coordinate the details of the service with the clergy, the cemetery, or other participants in the ceremony. Our caring staff will also aid your family in completing any necessary paperwork including obituary notices, Social Security forms, and Veteran’s and insurance benefits.
We offer a wide selection of caskets, urns, vaults, grave markers and keepsake selections and whether you choose burial or cremation for your arrangements, our caring and knowledgeable staff will be able to accommodate your needs for a personalized and unique service.
Cremation is an option families are choosing as part of their funeral plans and the reasons people give for choosing cremation vary. Prior to cremation, your family may choose to have a visitation and a funeral service with your loved one present. Our knowledgeable staff will explain cremation caskets and cremation rental caskets for those families choosing to have a viewing followed by cremation.
The next steps are often difficult to plan. Who to call, where to start with memorial invitations, where to hold the reception.. We know there is a lot to do and we are available for all your needs. To help with the next steps of the planning process, our funeral care professionals have created a checklist to help guide you along the way.