Merritt Funeral Home offers many different services. Our training and experience have prepared us to help, to reassure, and to understand when a family faces the loss of a loved one. We are here to replace confusion with calm, doubts with certainty, and questions with answers. Here, one finds a quiet gentleness in an atmosphere of dignity, efficiency, and trust. We believe your service choice is a personal decision. At Merritt Funeral Home we explain the options available, then allow you to make your own decisions.
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated. Among the choices you'll need to make are whether you want one of these basic types of funerals, or something in between.
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With cremation services, we at Merritt Funeral Home believe you should be able to choose the type of service that you find most meaningful. That's why our list of services includes many options.
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Non-Traditional Burial, Entombment or Cremation without visitation. For this type of funeral service, you select the services and merchandise from several itemized options.
Private family viewing - A private viewing is limited to one hour. Additional charges will be made for a viewing lasting more than one hour or during times other than office hours.
A Memorial Service is the same as a traditional service, except the body is not present for the visitation or the funeral. The private family viewing explained above also applies here.
Traditional Ship-out allows you to select the type of services and merchandise for local arrangements and then the remains are shipped out of town for final services.
Limited Graveside Service is designed for those who want a ground burial or interment of cremains with a service only at the cemetery. Itemized options may be selected at the family's discretion.
Limited Family Viewing with Shipment is designed for those who want a private family viewing, but no other visitation prior to shipment of the casketed remains. Itemized options are also available to the family.
Ship-in Services are for those who want remains shipped to Merritt Funeral Home for final services. Itemized options are available.
Direct Ship-out is when there is to be no local service and the remains are to be shipped to a funeral home out of town.
Although law does not require embalming, embalming may be necessary if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with a viewing. If you do not want embalming, you have the right to choose an arrangement, which does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.
If you choose not to embalm, it is our policy to be notified prior to transporting the deceased to the funeral home. We are required by law to either refrigerate or embalm the body within 24hrs after the death.