FAQs

Our Care Team will answer any question you have, but we have collected answers to some of the most common questions here. If you don’t find what you are looking for please contact us.

How much does a funeral typically cost?

It is difficult to give an average cost because funeral services vary so much. The total cost will depend on the details of the ceremony and merchandise you choose. At Anderson, we promise to work with you to create a unique and dignified celebration that fits within your budget. You are welcome to review our General Price List online, but with so many variables, we encourage you to speak with a member of our friendly Care Team to discuss your specific needs. No matter what you choose, we stand behind our services with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

I’m considering cremation, what do you think?

Cremation is a very personal decision. We recommend that everyone should find out what is involved in cremation and be sure to discuss the choice with other family members and any other decision makers. Also, if you are considering cremation, we recommend you find out your clergy person’s position. For example, some churches permit cremation, but do not condone it. If you do choose cremation, Anderson will assist with the final disposition, whether that be scattering, burial, entombment in a mausoleum, or personal possession.

If we choose cremation, can we still have a funeral?

Yes. In fact, we strongly recommend it. Besides honoring the life of the person who has died, the ceremony and celebration of life that comes with even a simple and private memorial service will help family and friends begin to work through the grieving process.

Do you have to have a vault to be buried?

IL state law does not require a vault for burial. However, most cemeteries do require an outside container (vault) for the casket. There is good reason to choose to have a vault even if it is not “required”. A vault protects the casket from the elements in the earth and also helps to keep the earth from settling or even caving in on top of the casket.

At what age should you tell your children about death?

It depends on the child and the circumstance. If a child has just experienced the loss of a grandparent or other family member, it may be necessary to discuss death earlier than usual. Some children mature faster than others and will often ask questions about life and death themselves. Most parents find that even in the preschool years, children want answers about why their pet died or what happens when you die. The important issue is not “when” you tell your children about death, but rather “how” you tell them. It is important to be honest and not resort to false stories such as “God picks the prettiest flowers” or “Grandma is asleep”. Contact us if you would like a copy of our practical brochure for explaining death to children, which will advise you step by step on the right words and attitude.

Why is the body present for some funerals?

Death is as natural as birth! In recent history, most people have not had to deal with death often, and because of this, may think of death as something unnatural or something to be gawked at. However, in our experience, we have found that viewing your loved-one’s body can be extremely beneficial. Whether you decide to allow the public to view it also, is your personal decision. Viewing a body helps families and also friends come to the reality that their loved one or friend is truly gone. If you do not have an opportunity to view, you can fool yourself into thinking the person has not died. How and when the death occurred are always taken into consideration before deciding to have a body present at a service. Of course, the choice is yours.

I don’t want a “traditional” funeral. What options do I have?

There’s no such thing as an “ordinary” life and your funeral service doesn’t have to be ordinary either. There is no right or wrong way to have a ceremony, and the choices are limitless. For people not interested in a “tradition” funeral, we offer Celebrant Services. Celebrant Services are lead by one of our certified Celebrant’s whose mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values – religious or non-religious – of your loved one and your family. You have complete choice of, and final approval over the ceremony. Nothing is imposed on you. Above all, a Celebrant funeral reflects the wishes of the family and the deceased. A Celebrant funeral honors death and celebrates life.

Are all caskets alike?

Choosing a casket is a very personal decision. To many people, it is important to select a casket made of very durable steel or semi-precious metal. They feel peace of mind knowing the selection they made protects against the outside elements. Often, families will want to select a casket that seems fitting for their loved one. For example, interiors with quilted patterns, hardwoods with tree designs, religious symbols such as the Last Supper or praying hands and sometimes floral designs, which may represent their family member’s favorite color or flower. We believe finding exactly what is right for you is of utmost importance; we offer many choices in caskets and vaults.

Why not eliminate all the fuss, bother, and expense of flowers and funerals and donate the money to charity?

There are many worthy charities and usually the family will choose a charitable organization for donations to be given to. However, experience shows that most people see value in both charitable donations and floral arrangement gifts. There is nothing like the beauty of flowers to soften the sadness and truly express the caring felt by friends for the bereaved. The best way to understand the value of flowers is to attend a funeral where there are none. Then attend one where different floral arrangements have been sent and listen to the families when they see the flowers and read the attached notes.

Ceremony marks every transition in life; weddings, baptisms, graduation, and funerals. We need the service to recognize the importance of the life that has been lived. Through music, poetry, and often scriptures, friends and family can face the reality of the death and begin to cope with grief. The family draws comfort from the gathering of all those people whose lives have been touched by the person who has died.