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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most asked questions about funerals, plus a few bits of information important to know.

1. What services does the funeral home provide to it's families?
2. Are there different types of services?
3. What funeral merchandise is offered?
4. What pre-need options are available?
5. Should I consider pre-paying funeral expenses?
6. Does your firm provide cremation services?
7. What should I do when a death occurs out of province?
8. What payment terms are offered at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home?

Question #1What services does the funeral home provide to it's families?
Answer:One of the primary goals of our firm is to offer compassionate, kind, and knowledgeable professionals.  Presently our firm employs two licenced funeral directors, an office manager, a clerical staff, and two part-time funeral assistants.  The average funeral entails 102 man hours of labor and service including: removal of remains, scientific preparation of the remains, hairdressing, securing vital statistics, obtaining provincial documents, writing obituaries, staffing for visitation times, and staff coordination of the funeral ceremony.  Our staff also coordinates all of your wishes with clergy and cemetery, assists you with Canada Pension Benefits and Veteran Benefits, and any other paperwork at your request.  Our staff is available on-call on a 24 hour basis.

Our tastefully decorated funeral facility is available for visitations and funeral services and includes chapel, visitation rooms, air conditioning, ample parking, reception services, and public address systems.  Our motor equipment includes service vehicle for hospital removals, Hearse, Clergy, Family and pallbearers cars for funeral processions.

Question #2Are there different types of services?
Answer:Absolutely!  Though the funeral itself is traditionally a religious ceremony, most funeral consumers confuse the funeral service with the funeral process or disposition.  At the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home we want the funeral of your loved one to reflect that loved ones' life as well as YOUR wishes.  Whether the disposition be a cemetery interment, cremation or medical donation, the process at the funeral can be the same.  You may wish to receive friends, for in sharing this time with others, your loss can be shared; you will find it a comfort that so many people care.  This time of sharing can be held at the funeral home, in your church or even at y our home.  In selecting a funeral service, you may desire a funeral ceremony that reflects your desires or that of your loved one.  The ceremony can be in the funeral home or in your church, it can include favorite music, scriptural readings, poetry, or testimonials.  The funeral ceremony celebrates the life lived and the promise of new life beyond.  Please know that whatever your wishes, simple or great, your funeral director has probably had some experience or expertise in that area.

Question #3What funeral merchandise is offered?
Answer:Our funeral home displays an array of funeral merchandise; available to you with regards to arranging the funeral.  We offer caskets; both protective and non-protective, rental caskets and cremations oriented caskets.  Also available is a full range of special need caskets offering oversize or infant size options.  Cremation urns, Register Books, Cards, Memorial Folders and many other sundry items are available.

Question #4What pre-need options are available?
Answer:Funeral industry analysts predict by the year 2010 the before-need funeral market will be at 50%.  For many reasons, families are interested in talking about funeral arrangements and providing the funding in advance of need.  Our firm has many pre-finance options; they include Bank Trust plans through a local bank as well we offer Insurance programs through various Companies.  You do not have to pre-pay for a funeral to pre-plan with us.  The funeral consumer is given every option to have complete control of their pre-arrangements.

Question #5Should I consider pre-paying funeral expenses?
Answer:Quite possibly.  Though every situation is unique, many folks have the desire to set funds aside for the eventual time of need.  In years past, life insurance was marketed as a means to cover funeral costs; however we have noticed a change in family's needs at a time of death, many older policies are completely exhausted by funeral costs.  Pre-funding places today's cost of a funeral in a unique investment that assures that this fund will grow at a pace to offset inflation.  Every pre-need product our firm offers is transferable, just in case you move.  Payments toward a pre-paid funeral may be made in lump sum or gradually over the years; you may select a plan that fits your budget.

Question #6Does your firm provide cremation services?
Answer:Yes! Interest in the cremation option is increasing in popularity.  With this increase in demand has come an increased awareness and increased development of options.  In addition to providing cremation at a competitive price, the funeral home can better accommodate the wishes of your family before the cremation takes place.  Your funeral home is unique in that it can provide cremation, plus any special requests, possibly a private family viewing, a memorial service, or help in completing legal forms and providing after-care following the death.

Question #7What should I do when a death occurs out of province?
Answer:With family units spread over larger areas, death sometimes occurs away from home.  This is one of the reasons our firm has affiliations with other funeral directors across the country and throughout USA and Europe.  When a death of a loved one occurs out of province call us FIRST.  Our telephone number for your convenience is 1-902-634-3942.

Question #8What payment terms are offered at the Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home?
Answer:Every effort will be made to accommodate you with a method of payment based on individual needs.  Traditionally, we prefer Net 30 days, but we are indeed mindful that insurance claims and pension benefits may take longer.  Our payment options include: Cash or cheque Net 30 - 45 days.  Assignment of insurance proceeds, pre-need burial trust product.  For extended payment plans we can make arrangements to your financial needs.

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