Frequently Asked Questions: Funeral and Cremation Care in Morton Grove, IL

When a death occurs in a family, there can be a lot of questions about how to proceed with immediate funeral needs. There are many things to consider, including the needs of the family, the wishes of the deceased, the traditional and cultural practices of the family and deceased, etc. There are also mandatory requirements to be completed such as documentation, coroner examinations, and disposition of the mortal remains. It can be a lot to plan and carry out a funeral and cremation in Morton Grove, IL without answers to your questions.

You are not alone in the questions that you have. When it comes to death and funerals, most people are not familiar with the behind-the-scenes care that is required. Here are some of the answers to the most common questions that our customers ask about afterlife care:

Is a traditional funeral service required? No, it is not required. There is any number of ways that a funeral and cremation ceremony in Morton Grove, IL can be held to honor your fallen loved one. If you or the deceased prefer a non-traditional funeral service, we are well qualified to help plan and arrange it. This may include a non-religious funeral ceremony or a unique memorial service in an outside venue that celebrates life in an alternative way. Here at Haben Funeral Home & Crematory, our staff seeks to help families to honor their dead in the way that best serves them and helps them to begin the healing process.

What is the usual cost of a funeral service? Funerals can vary so much in cost, so it is difficult to provide a meaningful average for our area. However, the national average funeral cost is approximately $4,000 – $6,000. With that being said, the overall cost of service primarily depends on three things: the type of services chosen, the casket and vault purchased, and the funeral transport vehicles and service equipment selected. It’s always a good idea to get detailed cost information relative to your particular funeral wants and needs. We strive to provide the best aftercare possible at an affordable price.

What is the least expensive aftercare service that you provide? We can provide direct cremation service, also commonly called a simple cremation. The deceased is taken from their place of death directly to the crematory. The ashes are then gathered and returned to the family. There is no funeral or memorial ceremony included in this service.

Is it required to embalm the deceased before a cremation? Embalmment is required if you would like to hold a viewing or a funeral service where the body of the deceased will be present with grieving family and friends. If the body will be cremated without any public viewing or visitation, then embalmment is not required before cremation services occur.

What is the best way to choose a grave or final resting place? This depends on whether the deceased will receive an earth burial or cremation service. If a burial service is chosen, we suggest purchasing a plot in the cemetery of your choice. If the deceased will be cremated, we recommend you carefully consider what should be done with their ashes. Some families wish to scatter the ashes in a meaningful place, while others prefer entombment in a mausoleum. Still, others prefer to keep a beautiful urn with their loved one’s ashes on their fireplace mantle.

Where is the best place to purchase funeral products? For convenience, we offer a large selection of caskets and urns of varying materials, design, and quality. However, funeral products can be purchased in many places. You can find them online, and sometimes in retail stores. Just be sure delivery is timely to avoid added stress.

Some customers also wish to create jewelry keepsakes using their loved one’s ashes as fashioning material. This thoughtful approach allows our customers to always keep a small piece of their loved one close by. We can help connect you with a master jewelry maker that is well qualified to create these beautiful, wearable works of art.

Do you offer prearranged funeral service? Yes, we do. Who better to plan your own funeral or memorial service than you? You know exactly what you want. By making end of life service arrangements well in advance of need, you are giving a gift of kindness to your surviving family. The act of preplanning and paying for your funeral will lift a heavy burden off their shoulders.

Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Morton Grove, IL

Haben Funeral Home & Crematory has been providing funeral and cremation care in Morton Grove, IL since 1923. If your family needs the support of an experienced funeral home, we are ready to serve. Our office is located at 8057 Niles Center Rd, Skokie, IL 60077. Call us anytime at (847) 673-6111.