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How many questions do you have about cremation and funeral home services in Old Bridge, NJ? If you haven’t planned a funeral before, then you are probably feeling overwhelmed as you consider the services that are available. Here at Brunswick Memorial Home, we will offer the support that you need during this time of grief.
We understand how hard it can be to face the loss of someone that you love. At the same time, you still need to work on the responsibilities of putting together a funeral that will highlight the life of the deceased. A funeral is an opportunity to honor and respect that person, and these efforts will show your love.
Here are some of the common questions that we hear about funeral planning:
Does the Funeral Need to Be at the Funeral Home?
No, you can choose any location for the funeral services. We provide a funeral home that can be used if you need a location. Or, you are welcome to choose a different venue if it is better for your needs. Some families schedule the funeral in a church or event center. Other times, families plan a small gathering in their homes.
There isn’t a right or wrong answer to determine the location where you should hold the funeral. Just make sure that you have a venue that is large enough to support the group that will be in attendance.
Is Embalming Required?
If you are going to schedule a direct cremation or burial, then you don’t need to have the body embalmed. But, embalming is necessary if you want to plan a viewing. Embalming is a way to preserve the body if there is a delay before the funeral is held.
What is Included for a Traditional Funeral?
Funeral services can be customized in any way that you desire. Often, a traditional funeral includes a viewing, funeral service, graveside service, casket, headstone, and more. We can provide everything that you need. Or, you can select the services that will be a good match for your family.
Why Should We Consider Cremation?
Many families want to know why cremation should be an option over traditional burial. With cremation, you have more flexibility regarding the way the body is handled. Cremated ashes don’t need to be buried in a cemetery if you prefer a different place to lay the person to rest. Plus, you will see that cremation services are usually cheaper compared to a big funeral.
Where Should I Put the Cremated Ashes?
If you want to have a cremation, then there are many options to consider for the final resting place. Some families bury the ashes in a cemetery so that they have a headstone to visit in the future. Or, you might create a memorial or a garden where the ashes can be scattered. The ashes can also be kept in an urn to be used as a memorial.
What Type of Urn Should We Use?
Selecting an urn is a personal decision. You can choose something that is beautiful to create a memorial in your home. Or, you might have a small statue or memorial created with the ashes kept inside. Another option is to divide the ashes into smaller urns to distribute among family and friends. Or, a temporary plastic container can be used if you don’t want to spend money on a fancy urn. This option is a great solution if you are thinking about scattering the ashes.
Where Should I Go to Start Funeral Planning?
You can begin the process by putting together a list of your priorities for the funeral. Or, consider the option to schedule a consultation with a funeral home. We will discuss the services that are offered, helping you customize the plan to your needs. Our team is available to help with immediate funeral services, as well as pre-planning.
Why Should I Pre-Plan a Funeral?
It can be a stressful experience to plan a funeral after someone passes away. Instead of leaving the burden on your family, you can take care of these details in advance. Talk to our team for more information about the pre-planning checklist. Not only will you make your wishes known, but you can also provide details for clothing or other items that should be buried with your body.
Pre-planning can be done if you know that a funeral will be needed soon. Or, you can start when you are in good health. This plan will reduce the responsibility and financial stress that will be placed on your family after you are gone.
Do you have questions about cremations or funerals in Old Bridge, NJ? Talk to our caring team at Brunswick Memorial Home. You can visit our funeral home at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Or, call to schedule a consultation: (732) 254-9393
Funeral & Cremation FAQs
Who are eligible for veterans’ benefits?
Military members on active duty, Military retirees, members and former members of the Selected Reserve, eligible U.S. veterans of any war, other U.S. veterans who served at least one term of enlistment and separated under conditions other than dishonorable. Learn more.
What to do with the cremated remains?
You may choose to keep the cremated remains in your possession, scatter them where allowed, or bury them in a cemetery or place in a mausoleum. You can keep a portion of the remains as a remembrance in a small urn or in a keepsake. We can discuss all your options with you. Learn more about cremation here.
Tips when visiting a service?
When you speak to the family, don’t feel as though you must avoid talking about the person who has died. Talking can help the grieving process begin. Don’t feel uncomfortable if you or the family member becomes emotional or begins to cry. Allowing the family to grieve is a natural healing process. Learn more about funeral etiquettes here.