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- What are my options when it comes to choosing a casket or vault?
It is your preference whether to be buried in casket below ground, or vault above ground. Most cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, and maintaining the cemetery property. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.
- What are my options when it comes to choosing an urn?
Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods. Urns can be buried or kept by a loved one in a home or place of significance.
- Can we view our loved one before they are cremated?
We encourage families to view the deceased before cremation, if time permits, as this is an important part of the grieving process.
- How much time do we have for visitation before cremation?
If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming is encouraged.
- Does Schriver-Thompson take care of filing the death certificate?
YES. In addition to collecting the information needed and filing the death certificate, we also notify social security, the coroner (if needed), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (if needed).
- Do you offer pre-planning and pre-funded funerals & cremation services?
Yes. Schriver-Thompson can help you with every step of the process – even pre-paying for your desired services. By pre-paying (or pre-funding) your services in advance you will "lock in" todays prices for services and merchandise (urns, caskets, burial vaults, etc). We are licensed agents with National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) out of Madison, WI. NGL has been in business for over 100 years and is an A rated insurance company.
- Do you offer payment plans for persons that wish to pre-fund their services?
Yes. In most cases one can pre-pay for their funeral/cremation services over several months/years if desired. All payment plans are set up with Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services and administered through National Guardian Life Insurance Company. We would be happy to explain your options in person or over the phone.
As with anything when you make multiple payments their are advantages and disadvantages. We are happy to explain both the pros and cons of "multi-pay" policies to you. The common reason one would not qualify for a multi-payment plan is age and/or poor health.
- Who writes the obituary?
That is up to you. We are here to assist you with writing an obituary anytime. In most cases we do this at the time of funeral arrangements at our office. If you desire, you can always email an obituary to us and we will submit it to whichever newspapers you desire. If you are in need of some good examples, may we suggest visiting out obituaries page. There you will find some very well written obituaries.
- Does Schriver-Thompson serve all faiths?
Absolutely YES. We serve all faiths, no matter what your traditions or religious beliefs. We are here to serve you in any way we can.
- Can I still have a funeral even though cremation is my choice?
Yes. What makes cremation so great is that your family has many options when it comes to having a funeral service. Some may want to have an open casket visitation and/or funeral prior to cremation taking place. While others may want to have no viewing prior to cremation, but have a funeral after the cremation takes place (known as a memorial service).
- I am (or my family member is) on Medicaid and requires Medicaid assistance, can you help?
Absolutely. We are happy to assist you in determining and confirming that you or your loved one is eligible for Medicaid assistance through the State of WI. Assuming one qualifies for burial/cremation assistance from WI Medicaid, there can be UP TO $2500 of assistance available. Please call us at (715) 568-2310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We generally can determine if one qualifies for burial/cremation assistance in a matter of minutes (Monday-Friday).
- I have a funeral trust/burial policy at another funeral home. Can I transfer the beneficiary of the trust to Shriver-Thompson Funeral Home?
Yes. You can transfer the beneficiary of your trust to any funeral home in the U.S.A. Simply give us a call and we can draft the paper work for you to sign. The process is very simple and you do not have to have any contact with the other funeral home from where the trust is being transferred from.
Sending Flowers for a Funeral or Memorial Service
We know flowers are a beautiful way to
show support for the family of loved ones.
For assistance in finding a florist, please
see the following links below.
The Potting Shed Garden & Floral
1717 Devney Drive
Altoona, WI 54720
A Secret Garden Flower Shop
1416 Main St, Bloomer, WI 54724
1316 Main St, Bloomer, WI 54724