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1420 West Paradise Drive
West Bend, WI 53095
Tel: (262) 338-2050

119 Kettle Moraine Drive South
Slinger, WI 53086
Tel: 262-644-5296

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Frequently Asked Questions


To give our families and friends some guidance in selecting a funeral service that is meaningful, we have put together answers to questions about different types of funeral options.

What is the difference between a Funeral and a Memorial Service

Really the only difference between these two services is whether or not the body is present. A funeral service is conducted with the presence of the body and a memorial service is conducted in memory of the person, without the presence of the body.

Why is a Funeral Service important?

In the earliest recorded times, societies honored the dead through ceremonies. According to beliefs at that      time,  the purpose of the ritual was to properly send the decedent on the journey into the next life. Today, however, psychologists and other experts agree that the benefits of the funeral are for those left behind; those who must reconstruct their lives following their loss. Before family and friends can fully adjust to their loss, survivors must express their grief in way meaningful to them. They must face, openly and realistically, the fact the death has indeed occurred. The funeral provides the opportunity to do exactly that.

What is the purpose of Embalming

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body. This in turn makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Is Embalming required by Law

Embalming is required if the family has selected a funeral service with a public wake or visitation. Embalming is also required if the deceased is to be transported from one state to another by common carrier. For example, when an individual passes away in Florida and is to be transported by air to Wisconsin for services or burial, embalming would be required.

Why do Funerals seem so Expensive

When compared to other major life cycle events, like births and weddings, funeral are not expensive. A wedding costs at least three times as much; but because it is a happy event, wedding costs are rarely criticized. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business, with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, hearses, other equipment, etc.); these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral is not only merchandise, like caskets, but also services of a funeral director in making arrangements, securing appropriate forms, coordinating a working relationship with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers and other requested third-parties; and finalizing all the necessary details.


Can you still have a Traditional Funeral with Cremation

Just because someone is interested in cremation does not mean that the family cannot have a visitation and funeral service. All of the customs and ceremonies associated with a traditional funeral can still be performed prior to the cremation taking place. For these occasions, we offer economical cremation caskets and rental caskets in order to offer your family the option of a traditional funeral service, while still maintaining a cost effective alternative.

How can a Funeral be Personalized

It is becoming more common to tailor a funeral service to the personality of the deceased. Prayers and remembrances offered by family and friends, a eulogy offered by a close friend, favorite music, treasured belongings, pictures and mementos can all play a major role in making the final tribute fitting and moving. The family can choose to assemble a display containing family photographs, favorite possessions, items from a hobby or awards the deceased received. These items help shift the emphasis of the service to the memories of the person's life, rather than on the circumstances of his or her death. Personalization can also be added by simply choosing the most appropriate services and products available from the funeral home. These include cremation and its various service options, participating in a living memorial program, or purchasing a burial plot below the canopy of a sturdy oak tree.

What Cemetery options are available for Burial

Traditional funerals which conclude in earth burial, is burying the remains which are contained in a casket, which is then placed into a vault and then into the ground. Purchases made for this option generally include a casket, a vault, a cemetery plot, opening and closing charges from the cemetery and a headstone or grave marker. Above ground entombment is provided in mausoleums, which are buildings designed and maintained by the cemetery.

Cremation options include earth burial, a niche, personal possession or scattering. A columbarium niche is an area in a mausoleum where the cremains are placed.

Some cemeteries include the opening and closing charge in the purchase of a plot or niche and some cemeteries require a vault for burial of cremains.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. e-mail info@phillipfuneralhome.com

1420 W. Paradise Dr.           119 Kettle Moraine Dr. South
West Bend, WI 53095          Slinger, WI 53086
262-338-2050             262-644-5296

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