Do you have to be embalmed?
No according to the Federal Trade Commission. "Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial."
The Arkansas State Board of Health states "REGULATION 8.1 PRESERVATION OF BODIES All dead human bodies not buried within 24 hours after death shall be embalmed in a manner approved by the Arkansas Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, or stored under refrigeration at 45 degrees Fahrenheit or less. When a dead body is being cremated, embalming and refrigeration shall not be required for a forty-eight hour period after death unless a health problem dictates otherwise."
Do I have to buy an outer burial container or vault?
First of all, outer burial containers and burial vaults are not required by state or federal law. Cemeteries have the right to set their own rules which you will have to follow.
Do we have to have a service at your chapel in Manila?
No. We understand that you want to be close to your family and friends in your own hometown area. We make this happen by traveling to your home church to do your visitation and service at no additional cost.
Do your prices include all of the trips for removal, meeting with families, visitation, service, etc.?
Yes. Our price listed on our GPL for a full service covers the cost of us traveling to your location (within 75 miles of Manila) at no additional cost to you.
Can I write my own obituary or can a loved one write it for me?
Yes. If you or a loved one, or even a friend wants to write your obituary they are more than welcome to. They will just need to give it to us and we will post it online on our Facebook page, website, and KAIT’s online obituary page. We will also send it into any newspaper of your choice and only charge you what the newspaper charges. These are all options for you we do not have to post the obituary anywhere if you don’t want it to be made public.
Do we offer preplanning for funeral services?
Yes. We offer preplanning so you can finalize your final wishes and we can help you customize all the details that you want for your service. Preplanning with financial arrangements also relieves the burden of financial expenses for your family at the time of your death by you paying for it in advance. You can even have it set up to make monthly payments towards your service so you don’t have to pay it all at once.
Can you purchase a casket from a funeral home and then use it at another funeral home?
Yes. You may purchase your casket from anyone and you may build your own casket if you wish.
According to the Federal Trade Commission: "The funeral provider cannot refuse to handle a casket or urn you bought online, at a local casket store, or somewhere else — or charge you a fee to do it. The funeral home cannot require you to be there when the casket or urn is delivered to them."
Do you have to buy an urn when you are cremated?
No. you don’t have to purchase a urn. Buying an urn is your choice if you want to or not. We do offer them here for those who do want to buy one but, sometimes cremains (which are ashes) are going to be scattered and a urn is not necessary. We do not require you to purchase one.