Memorial Estates

Family

Frequently Asked Questions

Embalming

Embalming is not required by law, however if the deceased is to be transported out of state or if the family has selected a public viewing with an open casket, embalming is required. Your Funeral Service professional can help you understand what your selections will require.

Casket Choices

Mortuaries are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and must publish and provide you a list of service and casket pricing, which gives you the resources you need to make an informed decision.

Death Certificates

Certified copies pf death certificates are needed to transfer property, such as homes, bank accounts, cars and life insurance. Your Funeral Service professional will assist you in determining the number of certificates you may need. Memorial mortuaries will have the requested number of certified copies brought to the mortuary, for your convenience. The State of Utah charges $13.00 for the first certified copy of the death certificate and $8.00 for each additional copy.

Social Security Death Benefit

Social Security may provide a death benefit of $255.00 to the surviving spouse. This is a one time payment which cannot be assigned to a mortuary, cemetery or crematory. For more information please contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

Service

Funeral services are a very personal matter; they should reflect the life of your loved one. Knowing what options you have and being willing to ask questions will ensure that your loved one is honored in an appropriate way.

Veterans

Veterans that have been honorably discharged are entitled to an America flag as part of their funeral service. Let your funeral service professional know if you wish to receive a token of respect from a grateful nation.

For those who qualify, the Veterans Administration will provide a Veterans’ Marker or Headstone free of charge.

If your family seeks to use any portion of the Veterans Benefits, you should take a copy of the Service Discharge (DD-214) with you to the mortuary. This contains the information needed to fill out necessary paperwork to secure a flag and marker.

Vault

An outer burial container, usually referred to as a vault, is not required by law. However, most cemeteries require the use of a vault to protect the casket and prevent excessive ground settlement.

Cemetery Plot

When comparing the cost of cemetery plots, it is important to remember that the grave location within the cemetery. Often a lower price may mean an undesirable location. The best way to determine value is to visit the cemetery.

Often you can reduce stress and save money by purchasing your cemetery plot before a death occurs. Similar savings can be realized by visiting with a Funeral Service professional when you make cemetery arrangements. Mortuaries located at or near your cemetery of choice make this convenient and may offer additional “package” savings.

Memorial Cemeteries offer the convenience of purchasing "unassigned" grave plot(s) at a substantial savings before the death occurs. The exact location of the plot(s) can be chosen with other family members at the time that the funeral arrangements are made.

Grave Preparation

Most cemeteries will have a grave preparation fee, usually referred to as opening and closing, that is in addition to the cost of the plot. The fee is generally higher for weekend or holiday burials.

Procession

Utah law does not require or offer an escort for a funeral procession.

Mortuaries located at a cemetery eliminate the need for a procession and allow you to complete the funeral and burial arrangements at one location.

Religious Needs

Memorial Mortuaries, Cemeteries, Crematory, and Funeral Homes will accommodate the religious needs of your family.

Change your mind?

You may change mortuaries or the funeral home to one of your choosing, even after your loved one has been taken transported.

Cremation

Families who want cremation often choose to have a viewing and service as a way to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased. Ask your Funeral Service professional for suggestions.

There are many ways to memorialize your loved one when you have chosen Cremation. Many cemeteries offer special ground burial locations, as well as offering above-ground structures, called Columbarium, for the placement of an urn in the niche. This allows many families and friends a location where they can come and remember the life lived, an important aspect of the grieving process.

Mausoleum Entombment

Many people chose to have their loved one’s final resting place above ground. A building specially constructed for this purpose is called a Mausoleum. A mausoleum crypt provides a clean, dry, and secure above ground entombment of a full size casket allowing peace of mind to those who choose this option.

Questions?

Last of all, when you have questions, ask. There is no such thing as a silly question. Most people are unfamiliar with the process, customs, traditions, and many other options associated with making final arrangements. The Funeral Service professionals at Memorial are trained, licensed professionals who are there to help you through a difficult time.