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Over our decades of experience, we have heard many questions and are pleased to provide you with the answers to some of the more common questions relating to a funeral, a funeral service and funeral homes.

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony that provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss of the recently departed to express their love, respect and grief. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step towards emotional adjustment to their loss.

What type of service should I have?

Only you can answer that question. The type of service conducted for the deceased, if not noted in a pre-plan, is decided by the family. The service is usually held at a place of worship or at the funeral home. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of the family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgment of support and devotion. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the family's community, cultural and religious affiliations.

Can I personalize my funeral service?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend it. After all, the funeral is a celebration of a life. Funeral directors are happy to discuss all options and ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes. It may be personalized in many unique ways. Contact us at (201) 343-7900 to explore the possibilities.

Why do we need an obituary notice?

It is helpful to friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death and type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper or on the Internet.

What do funeral directors do?

Funeral directors are both caregivers and administrators. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us at (201) 343-7900. If you request immediate assistance, one of our professionals will be there within the hour. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good bye, we can accommodate them. Then they will come when your time is right.

What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?

Your funeral director can assist you if a death occurs anywhere on the globe. Contact your hometown funeral director of choice immediately. They will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased person to their community. We offer both domestic and international funeral shipping services.

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No, cremation is an alternative to burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service. We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral and cremation.

Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?

Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation period and a funeral service. Cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body.

Common Cemetery Questions

The answers below are here because these are the most commonly-asked questions. If yours isn't listed, we invite you to call us. We're here to provide the information you need, when you need it.

What is Perpetual Care?

"Perpetual Care" usually refers to the correct terms Permanent Care or Endowment Care. These care funds are collected with each Interment Space sale to maintain the grounds, roads, and buildings of the cemetery.

Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Yes. We offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

Must I purchase a burial vault?

In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden setting, is constructed with numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.

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Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

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232 Kipp Ave.
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Phone: +1 (800) 262-7901
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Queens, NY

Bergen Funeral Service

114-30 Rockaway Blvd.
So. Ozone Park, NY 11420

Phone: +1 (718) 738-8383
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102-17 101st Ave
Ozone Park, NY 11416

Phone: (718) 847-4500
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Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island Memorial Chapel

2009 Mermaid Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Phone: +1 (718) 373-0880
Fax: 718-373-0882

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Naples, FL

Naples Funeral Home

3107 Davis Boulevard
Naples, FL 34104

Phone: +1 (800) 338-3761
Fax: 239-793-7140

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