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Victory Funeral Services

Providing heartfelt services with dignity

Questions and Answers

What is the significance of a funeral service?

From the beginning of recorded history, societies have honored those who died with a traditional ceremony. According to beliefs at that time, the purpose of the ritual was to send the deceased on his or her journey into the afterlife.

Today, however, many experts agree that the benefits of a service are for those who are left behind after a death. A "closure" of sorts must occur to help survivors adjust to their loss and recognize that a death has occurred. A funeral service provides the opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the life that was lived and allow the healing process to begin.

How much does a funeral cost?

Funeral costs vary depending on the funeral home and type of service selected. There are two types of costs associated with a funeral: (1) services provided by the funeral home and (2) merchandise such as a casket or urn. These costs are reflected in our general, casket and outer burial container price lists, which are available upon request.

We recognize this is a difficult time for you. As a convenience, we offer payment methods of cash, checks, credit/debit card payments, PayPal or an assignment of verified insurance benefits.

Can I make my funeral arrangements before I die?

Yes. You can do so here on our website. Just click on the Funeral Pre-Planning forms tabs. Complete the forms and click send. Someone will contact you shortly after receipt. You can also call for an appointment and one of our funeral directors will be happy to assist you.

Today, prearrangement and prepayment of funerals are becoming more common. Prearranging will provide you with more time to review your options and give you a choice in your own funeral service. Prearrangement will provide you with the peace of mind that everything has been taken care of; relieving your family of the emotional and financial burden that often comes with making arrangements when a loved one passes away. Oftentimes, making arrangements in advance also guarantees a service and funeral at today's prices, free from inflation. At Victory Funeral Services, we will be more than happy to assist you with your pre-arrangements and/or pre-funding of your services.

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How many types of caskets exist, and why are some more expensive than others?

Caskets are made of either metal (bronze, copper or steel) or wood. Prices vary, depending on the exterior and interior materials used. Bronze, a semi-precious metal, is more expensive than steel. Mahogany, a rare hardwood, is more expensive than the readily available softwood pine.

What is embalming and is it necessary before services are held?

Embalming is the temporary preservation of a deceased's remains. It is not required by law, but is common practice when a viewing is planned.

Can a funeral home assist me with Social Security benefits and Veteran death benefits?

Yes. In fact, Victory Funeral Services will do more than just assist you with securing these benefits. Our staff is trained to complete all necessary paperwork to begin the benefits process and to follow through to ensure that the benefits are secured in a timely manner.

What is involved in the cremation process?

Before cremation occurs, the death certificate must be completed and signed by the attending physician or medical examiner, and all civil and medical authorities must have issued all required permits. In addition, necessary authorizations to cremate must be obtained from the next of kin or authorizing person, no objections to the cremation can be raised and a minimum of 48 hours must have transpired since the death occurred. The cremation then takes place and the cremated remains are placed in the designated container or urn selected for final disposition.

Are special cremation containers and caskets available?

Victory Funeral Services offers a wide variety of cremation containers and caskets to meet each family's needs.

Are the services held before or after cremation?

Services are held at the discretion of the family. Many choose to have a traditional service first, followed by the cremation.

What happens to the cremated remains?

There are many options to consider with a cremation. A family can choose to bury the remains in a cemetery, store and display them at home in an urn, or scatter them in a place special to the deceased. It is advisable to check local restrictions on scattering remains on public property and obtain permission for private property.

Victory Funeral Services, 1004 Martin Luther King Drive, Kilgore, TX 75662 - 903-988-1122 phone 903-234-0511 fax -- [email protected]