The Memphis Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home offering individual, distinctive and affordable services to families of all religious faiths. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience for a professional consultation at no cost or obligation. If you have questions regarding any aspect of our services, merchandise or community resources, we can help.
Ceremonies can be simple, contemporary, religious or secular. Music, readings, stories and poetry can be added to personalize the event to both reflect on and celebrate the life that was lived. Some families choose to arrange a memorial table with personal items and photographs that reflect the personality, accomplishments and interests of the personís life, allowing others to share positive and happy memories. Picture boards are also used if desired.
Cremation is an alternative to embalming and casket burial. People choose cremation for a variety of reasons. Some do so based on environmental considerations, others have philosophical or religious reasons. Still others choose cremation because they feel it is simpler and less complicated. Whatever the reason, weíre here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have regarding cremation.
Families that select cremation have a variety of choices. Services or ceremonies can precede or follow the actual cremation. Prior to cremation, there may be a gathering which can be either public or private, with an open or closed casket. When the service follows the cremation, a receptacle (or urn) containing the cremated remains may take a place of prominence. Following the ceremony, typically, the final disposition of cremated remains takes place. Cremation offers families choices for final disposition of the cremated remains and with cremation you have the opportunity to select from a wide array of caskets, urns and keepsake memorials. We take care of all the details and ensure your loved one is handled with grace and dignity.
OUT OF TOWN ARRANGEMENTS
If death occurs out of town it is important to contact Memphis Funeral Home first. One call to our funeral home allows us to handle all the details and saves you from any duplication of services at an additional cost. Contacting anyone else first may result in multiple charges but by calling us first you can be assured that all the details will be taken care of by your hometown funeral directors.
Infants and children under the age of three pose a problem when it comes to capturing a reproducible print. While they have fingerprints, the defining ridges are so fine that is is difficult to get sufficient contrast. The print look like black smudges and the resulting cast resembles sand paper.
Memphis Funeral Home provides a memorial candle for each family we serve. For more information, please call us today.
When the time comes to select a monument we hope you will withhold your decision until we have been privileged to discuss your memorial plan with you. We sincerely believe we can serve you with dignity Ė with the very finest memorial craftsmanship and at the most reasonable cost.
One way in which we extend care after the funeral is through the ďService of RemembranceĒ provided each year during the Christmas Season for all families in the community who have lost a loved one. The service is held in early December.
Making funeral arrangements in advance can provide peace of mind for you and your family. Pre-arranging gives you more time to consider all the options before making final decisions about such an important event. Visit our pre-arrangement page for more information.
Death Benefit Information
Service-Related Death-VA will pay up to $1,500 toward burial expenses prior to September 10, 2001. For deaths on or after September 11, 2001, VA will pay $2,000. If the veteran is buried in a VA national cemetery, some or all the cost of moving the deceased may be reimbursed.
Nonservice-Related Death-VA will pay up to $300 toward burial and funeral expenses, and a $150 plot interment allowance for deaths prior to December 1, 2001. The plot-interment allowance is $300 for deaths on or after December 1, 2001. If the death happened while the veteran was in a VA hospital or under contracted nursing home care, some or all the costs for transporting the deceasedís remains may be reimbursed.
How Can You Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance. You should attach proof of the veteranís military service (DD 214), a death certificate, and copies of funeral and burial bills you have paid.
Burial Flags, Headstones and Markers
Burial in VA National Cemeteries
Presidential Memorial Certificates
Why Does VA Provide a Burial Flag?
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a veteranís military service to his or her country.
Who Is Eligible to Receive the Burial Flag?
Generally, the flag is given to the next-of-kin, as a keepsake, after its use during the funeral service. When there is no next-of-kin, VA will furnish the flag to the friend making the request for it. For those VA National Cemeteries with an Avenue of Flags, families of veterans buried in these National Cemeteries may donate the burial flag of their loved ones to be flown on patriotic holidays.
How Can You Apply?
You may apply for the flag by completing VA Form 2008, Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes. You may get a flag at any VA regional office or U.S. Post Office. Generally the funeral director will help you.
Can a Burial Flag Be Replaced?
The law allows the VA to issue one flag for a veteranís funeral. They cannot replace it if it is lost, destroyed or stolen. However, some veteranís organizations or other community groups may be able to help you get another flag.
How Should the Burial Flag be displayed?
VA form 2008 provides the correct method for displaying and folding the flag.
Headstones and Markers
On December 27, 2001, President Bush signed Public Act 103, the Veteranís Education and Benefits Expansion Act. This law includes a provision that allows the VA to furnish an appropriate headstone for the graves of eligible veterans buried in private cemeteries whose death occurred on or after September 11, 2001 whether the grave is already marked with a non-government marker or not. The VA does provide headstones and markers for any unmarked grave anywhere in the world. There are optional items that you can get for the headstone like military rank, war service, day of birth and death and any awards that they may have received while in the military.
Presidential Memorial Certificates
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved parchment certificate signed by the current President to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased veterans.
Eligible recipients include the deceased veteranís next of kin and loved ones. More than one certificate may be provided.
Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA office or by U.S. mail only. There is no form to use when requesting a PMC. Please be sure to enclose a copy of the veteranís discharge and death certificate. Please send copies, as the VA is not able to return original documents.
If you would like to request a PMC, or if you havenít received one that you already applied for please do one of the following:
Fax your request and all supporting documents (copy of discharge and death certificate) to 202-565-8054 or
Mail your request and all necessary documents either through the United States Postal Service or a commercial mail service to
Presidential Memorial Certificates (402E12)
Department of Veteranís Affairs
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420-0001
Obtaining Military Records & Medals
The Departments of Veteranís Affairs does not retain veteranís military service records. Military service records are kept by the National Personnel Records Center, which is under the jurisdiction of the National Archives and Records Administration.
To request military service records, complete Standard Form 180, request pertaining to military records complete with as much information as possible and send to the address listed on the form. (Note: It may take up to six months to get a reply from the NPRC
Social Security Benefits
The following is taken from the Social Security Administration #05-10084
www.ssa.gov web site
800-772-1213 toll free
The following provides a general overview of Social Security survivorís benefits. The information it contains is not intended to cover all provisions of the law. For specific information about your case contact Social Security.
The loss of the family wage earner can be devastating to the survivorís. This is an explanation of the benefits Social Security can provide for the family.
Who can get survivorís benefits?
When you die, Social Security survivorís benefits can be paid to your:
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Widow or widower Ė full benefits at age 65 or older (if born before 1938) or reduced benefits as early as age 60. A disabled widow or widower can get benefits at age 50-60. The surviving spouseís benefits may be reduced if he or she also receives pension from a job where Social Security taxes were not withheld.
Widow or widower at any age if she or he takes care of your children under age 16 or disabled who get benefits
Unmarried children under age 18 (or up to age 19 if they are attending school full time). Your child can get benefits at any age if he or she was disabled before age 22 and remained disabled.
Stepchildren, grandchildren, or adopted children under certain circumstances.
Dependent parents at age 62 or older.
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Special One-Time Death Benefit
There is a special one-time payment of $255 that can be made when you die if you have enough work ďcreditsĒ. This payment can be made only to your spouse or minor children if they meet certain requirements.
How Do I Apply For Benefits?
If you are not getting Social Security benefits, you should apply for survivorís benefits promptly because, in some cases, benefits may not be retroactive. You can apply by telephone or at any Social Security office.
The Social Security Administration will need certain information to process your application. It is helpful if you have it when you apply but donít delay applying if you donít have everything. They will help you get it. They need either original documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them. The information needed includes:
If youíre getting benefits on your record, youíll need to complete an application to get survivorís benefits. Call or visit the Social Security Administration and they will check to see if you can get more money as a widow or widower. They will need to see your spouseís death certificate to process your claim.
Benefits for any children automatically will be changed to survivorís benefits after the death is reported to us. They will contact you if they need any more information.
How Much Will I Get?
The amount of your benefits is based on the earnings of the person who died. The more he or she paid into Social Security, the higher the benefits will be.
The amount you will get is a percentage of the deceasedís basic Social Security benefit. The percentage depends on your age and the type of benefit you are eligible for. Here are the most typical situations:
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