Funeral Decisions

The information provided in this website is not intended to replace a meeting with one of our licensed funeral directors. We always promise to not pressure you in any way. We want to help you make the decisions that are right for you and your family, when it is right for you.

Tell Your Story

It may be helpful to write out your life story. It is certainly a blessing to your family. This does not have to be the obituary for the newspaper, but a little longer version of your life.
What happened?
What did you do?
What are your favorite memories?
What would you like to be remembered for?
Who were the key people in your story?

What have you experienced at funerals that you liked/appreciated?
What didn't you like?

Using these memories and experiences may help you shape a memorial service or funeral to fit your individual needs. Generally, when we discuss funeral arrangements, we need to know the following:

Do you wish to have a viewing before or after a gathering or a visitation period at the funeral home or elsewhere?

This usually requires embalming and other preparation of the deceased. There can be a time period before any services where people stop by to pay their respects.

Do you prefer earth burial or cremation as what we call final disposition?

There are a few other options, which we can discuss, but these two are the most common. If you prefer earth burial, where do you want to be buried? If you prefer cremation, what is to be done with your cremated remains?

Do you wish to have some sort of gathering for a remembrance service?

This can have as much emphasis on religion as is appropriate to you. In some cases, people feel the religious rites or ceremonies are important to conduct. Or there can be more emphasis on the person's life and their family.

Who would you like to lead or conduct the service?

Religious leaders (ministers, clergy, etc.) are commonly chosen to officiate, but you may even find that a family member or a Certified Funeral Celebrant is a better choice to remember and celebrate your life. You may wish others to play some part in the proceedings, if they are able (read a poem, eulogy, etc.). We encourage family members to have their say if they are so inclined.

Would you prefer to select certain music for the service?

You may wish to choose music that is significant to you and your life, and these songs can be played as part of the service.

What are your ideas about service personalization?

You may choose to have the funeral home produce a slideshow of your life using snapshots gathered from your walls and scrapbooks. We have a state-of-the-art video projection and sound system for this very special personalization option. After we scan the original pictures, we make a DVD to play and for your family to keep. Perhaps you would like to have some personal items displayed during the service. Having an original oil painting, a hand-made quilt, a knitted afghan, or hobby items such as fishing poles displayed can really customize your life tribute ceremony.

 

We offer, as much as possible, the services and merchandise people may want for funeral services. We have a fine floral shop in-house, and we represent a line of grave markers that is very competitively priced and extremely well produced. We design and print memorial folders and other customized stationery goods. We have a wide variety of caskets and urns and we have the ability to customize any of the above.

Other preferences that you may have are limited only by your imagination and desires. We have had a horse-drawn carriage to the cemetery and the Old Time Fiddlers rocking out in the chapel, or one of the other fine musicians from the area.

We encourage you to discuss this with your family and give us a call when you are ready to speak with one of our friendly staff. We will help any way we can. Again, we promise that there will never be any pressure to make a purchase. Our goal is to help you become aware of your options and benefits, then help you make the decisions that are right for you.

Business Hours & Directions

Business Hours

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: Closed

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920 21st Avenue
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
(208) 743-6541 or 800-584-8812
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