"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness, the tender mercies of its people, their loyalty to high ideals, and their regard for the laws of the land."
High ideals are what we strive for at Binkley’s Funeral Service. The services we make available must meet the expectations of those whose needs we provide for. Regardless of the type of service we are called on to provide we do so with care and respect for those we have the privilege to work with. Whether it is a simple or an elaborate celebration which is desired we will provide services and offerings which encompass many of the following areas:
- Staffing and Professional Services
- Building and Facilities
- Equipment and Supplies
- Hearse and Automobile
- Funeral Celebrant Services
As we conduct Funerals, Memorial Services, Graveside Services and Celebration of Life Ceremonies the above listed services are provided in various forms to fulfill the requirements of each family we care for. At Binkley’s Funeral Service we are able to conduct a wide variety and type of service. Our goal is to provide a service that is personalized to every individual’s needs.
The arrangement process begins by gathering information to assist in the completion of a number of forms that are required, these documents include:
- Vital Statistics Registration of Death
- Funeral Director’s Statement of Death
- Medical Certificate of Death
- Burial Permit
- Cremation Authorization (if applicable)
From this point a consultation follows to establish exactly what type of service is required or desired. We work closely with each family we meet with to make sure that their wishes are fulfilled exactly as they anticipate them to be. We outline a variety of options that may be available in order to establish how the service will be conducted. No detail is too small and must be given complete consideration. It is also important to understand the person whose funeral is being planned. Our thoughts must be organized in order to allow us to plan a more personal, meaningful ceremony.
Planning a funeral is never easy. Take a moment to reflect on the following questions. They can help organize your thoughts and give you a focus to arrange the elements of the service.
How Did He Live?
- Think of five words that describe him.
- What traits did you admire most?
- Did he ever give you any words of wisdom?
Whom Did She Love?
- What relationships were important to her?
- Other than family, who will be affected by her death?
- Who had the most influence on her life?
What Made Him Love?
- What did he do for fun when he was younger?
- In later years, how did he enjoy spending his free time?
- What type of things gave him pleasure?
What Things Did She Learn?
- What things interested her?
- What accomplishments made her proudest?
- Was she a member of any clubs or organizations?
What Kind of Legacy did His Life Represent?
- How would he want to be remembered?
- What stories would he want passed on to future generations?
- What five objects could you collect that capture what he was about?
By considering these questions families are able to anticipate both their immediate and future needs. This process is the first step in preparing not only the details of the service but also providing the starting point for our journey through grief. The ceremony that evolves will be the foundation you build on. The groundwork you lay now will help sustain you as you grow through this complex event.
At Binkley’s Funeral Service we are there to assist you in moving through this sometimes difficult process. This is where our expertise lies. As we look after the many details of the service or ceremony that is selected we are there to guide and support you in your many decisions.
Many of the details we look after can vary but often include arranging details with your clergy, lunch providers, pallbearers, ushers, musicians, lodges, and service clubs. We also look after cemetery and grave opening and closing details or arrange for cremation to take place as well as arranging for the final resting place of the cremated remains.
Other items we care for on your behalf include:
- Preparation and placing of obituaries
- Arranging radio announcements
- Placing orders for floral sprays and arrangements
- We provide stationary products including guest registers and various styles of thank you/acknowledgement cards.
- Individualization of service cards and In Remembrance Folders contain many personal details and make a meaningful keepsake.
- We provide hearse service from the place of death and for the casket or urn on the day of the service.
- We make every attempt to anticipate each and every need you may have and are prepared to assist in any way we can.
In most situations we will complete the embalming process. Although embalming in most cases is not required by law it is usually required as a practical necessity. Embalming also provides for the chance to view your loved one. For many people this viewing or visitation is the first step in accepting the reality of the death and it provides an important opportunity to begin the process of saying goodbye. The visitation usually takes place the evening prior to the funeral service although each individual family is different and require their own personal schedule. If cremation is your selected option the visitation may take place privately or be open to the public. Cremation can precede the memorial service or follow the funeral service. We will assist you in selecting the best procedure for you and your family.
As you can see, personalization, the details we care for and the facilities and equipment we offer all make up the services we provide. It is also clear that each family’s needs are different. We need to be versatile in how we assist each family and mindful of each individual’s needs. Our service is available 24 hours a day, and we are always there when you need us.