Frequently Asked Questions

At Rowan Funeral Services, we understand that you want your loved one to be in the very best of care, and that comes with questions. We are happy to answer any and all questions related to our services, the care of your loved one, or funerals in general. Below we have compiled a list of common questions and their answers to help assist you. If you have further questions or would like to speak to someone about a personalized funeral service or question, please contact us.

What is the Purpose of Embalming?

Embalming is the process of temporarily preserving a body for public viewing and/or transportation. The process of embalming uses preservative chemicals, as well as, cosmetics to make the person look as they did when they were alive. Embalming allows a memorial visitation so that family members and friends may remember the deceased as they were. Rowan Funeral Services has a highly trained staff and is up to date with all of the latest embalming techniques.

Is Embalming Required by Law?

Embalming is not required by law; however, most families opt for embalming if they are going to have an open casket funeral and/or visitation. If you unsure of whether or not your loved one should be embalmed, please give us a call.

What do Funeral Directors do?

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funerals and related services. They provide support to the family, guide the arrangement of visitations and funeral ceremonies, prepare the deceased according to the family’s wishes, and ensure that everything goes according to plan. They also arrange for the removal and transportation of the deceased throughout the process, and assist families with any legal or insurance-related paperwork they might need to file. They’re experienced at recognizing when an individual is having an extremely difficult time coping with a loss, and can provide extra support and recommendations for professional help if needed.

Can I Personalize My Service?

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. A funeral is a celebration of life, and everyone’s life is unique. We want to honor the life of the deceased, and all that made them special. Do not hesitate to make personal requests. We will work with you to create a service that truly reflects and celebrates your loved one’s life journey.

What do I do When a Death Occurs Away from Home?

First, you’ll need to contact emergency personnel such as the police and EMS. Then just give us a call, and we will work with you to make the necessary arrangements to get you and your loved one back home as quickly and easily as possible.

Can I Still Have a Viewing with Cremation?

Absolutely. Choosing cremation only indicates how you would like care of the body, and does not dictate the rest of the service. We encourage you to celebrate and honor the life of your loved one in whatever way you feel is best. Whether you’d like to have a visitation beforehand, arrange a funeral service before cremation, or wait and hold the service after the cremation, we are here to help you decide and create a meaningful service.

How Long Does the Cremation Process Take?

The time can vary, but cremation usually takes between 3 – 5 hours.

How Can I be Sure the Ashes I Receive are my Loved One?

We uphold the highest level of respect and dignity when dealing with your loved one and can assure you that the ashes you receive are your loved one. Cremation is a regulated process with strict procedures. The body of your loved one will constantly be checked throughout the entire process.

Are There Restrictions on Scattering Ashes?

That depends. If it is your private property, there are no restrictions. If it is someone else’s private property, you must have their consent, and it’s a good idea to get it in writing. If it’s public land such as a park, contact your local government or the agency in charge of that space to see what their policies are. In general, if you’re not sure, just scatter them in a respectful way in a place where you are sure they won’t be disruptive to others.

Can We Have a Viewing if my Loved One has Donated Organs or had an Autopsy?

Yes. Autopsies and organ donation do not affect your ability to have an open-casket visitation.

What is a Columbarium?

A columbarium is a place for the interment of urns containing cremated remains. They’re often located in mausoleums, chapels, or memorial gardens, and contain numerous small compartments, or niches, designed to hold urns.