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My wife and I both want to be cremated, can our ashes be buried in the same grave?

Yes, you can. Most cemeteries in our area allow two sets of cremated remains to be buried in the same grave. Some cemeteries require a cremation urn vault be used. They can both be buried at the same time or when each person passes away. The best thing to do would be to set these arrangements up ahead of time so your family doesn’t have any doubt of your wishes when the time would come.

More and more families are finding out how easy it is to set up their own pre arrangements with Matt Miller or Darcie Kaser. Please contact them at Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000 to make an appointment.

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Recently, we had made funeral arrangements at a funeral home in town, and they wouldn’t accept our life insurance for payment, is this common business practices in the funeral industry?

No, it’s not. However, some funeral homes are owned and operated by large out of state corporations that mandate how they must run their business. This is an example of one of their policies. At our family owned funeral home, we gladly accept all verified forms of life insurance for all or partial payment of funeral expenses. That’s what life insurance is designed for, to financially help your family during your time of need.

Our funeral home offers many payment methods, including life insurance for payment of funeral expenses. Please contact Matt Miller, Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000 with any further questions or concerns.

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I have already made my prearrangements for my mother at a funeral home, am I able to transfer them to another funeral home?

Yes, you can, and it’s easier than you may think. It’s your right to move your pre arranged funeral to any other funeral home that you may wish. Whether it’s prepaid, assignment of insurance or just your loved one’s wishes, it only takes a few minutes to do.

At our funeral home, we have one simple form that you sign, and we take care of all of the details in transferring the arrangements. It’s done discreetly and your family will not be contacted by anyone from the original funeral home.

If you have any questions or concerns in transferring a pre arranged funeral, please contact Matt Miller, Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000.

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My father wants to be cremated, can we still have calling hours and a funeral before the cremation?

Yes, you can. We have many families that want cremation as the final disposition, but still want a service. We have a cremation casket specifically designed for viewing and a funeral before cremation takes place. It’s just like a traditional funeral without a procession to the cemetery, the cremated remains could be buried at a later time. As I always state, it’s easier on your family to set these arrangements up ahead of time.

More and more families are finding out how easy it is to set up their own pre arrangements with Matt Miller or Darcie Kaser. Please contact them at Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000 to make an appointment

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If we are not planning on having calling hours or public visitation, is embalming required?

No, it is not required. When there is going to be a public visitation or viewing of the deceased, then yes it is. Also, if a deceased person is going to be transported in or out of the State of Ohio, embalming is required. A family may request no embalming for a closed casket service, graveside service or some types of cremation services.

Our funeral home offers many personalized, affordable choices when it comes to meaningful services for your loved ones. Please contact Matt Miller, Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000 with any further questions or concerns.

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I have been wanting to make my own pre arrangements, but I don’t want to pay for them in advance, do people ever do that?

Yes, we have folks do that very thing all of the time. It doesn't cost anything to come in, sit and chat with myself or Jim Lapp to get your wishes down on paper. We write up all of the details, show you what it would cost at today’s price, and place the arrangements in our pre arrangement file. Lastly, many people will simply use their life insurance proceeds to pay for the funeral expenses when the time comes.

More and more families are finding out how easy it is to set up their own pre arrangements with Matt or Darcie. Please contact them at Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000 to make an appointment.

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Do you really have to purchase some sort of burial vault to be buried in a cemetery?

In most cases, yes , you do. Most cemeteries require you purchase a burial vault, or outer burial container from a funeral home to be buried in their cemetery. In special cases, a family cemetery or a very few public cemeteries, you may not have to purchase one. These vaults are designed to support the weight of the earth over the grave, preventing the grave from collapse.

Our funeral home offers a wide selection of burial vaults and outer burial containers. If you have any questions or concerns about burial vaults, outer burial containers or any cemetery requirements, please contact Matt Miller, Miller Funeral Home, 740-622-8000.

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