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One cemetery space. Room for two people?

Iowa City Cremation ServiceQuestion:

We have only one cemetery space available, but two of us wish to be buried there. What can we do?



Many cemeteries allow more than once person’s cremated remains to be buried on a single cemetery space. Some also allow for those cremated remains to be buried in the space with a family member who has already been buried. The best answer is to talk with your funeral director about this.

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Why clothing for a cremation?

Clothing for Cremation Iowa City funeralQuestion:

My friend’s father recently died, he wanted to be cremated at the time of his death. The funeral director asked his family for clothing, why would they need clothing?



Often times, family will see their loved ones before the cremation process takes place, out of respect we encourage families to bring clothing in for this purpose. Many times family will have them dressed in a favorite pair of pants, special sweater or dress, creating a lasting special memory for them.


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Who notifies Social Security, after a death?

notifying Social SecurityQuestion:

After a death, who takes care of notifying Social Security, the Veterans Administration, insurance companies, the attorney, etc.?


One of the many services that we provide to families is to assist them in the filing and notification process for the business affairs of the deceased. Although this may seem overwhelming to the family, we have had many years of experience in assisting them after the funeral.


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Funeral pre-planning?

Iowa City Funeral Pre-planningQuestion: 

I’m confused. Do you help families with pre-planning?


Yes, we do. In fact one of our funeral directors will sit down with families when they want to talk about their wishes, explaining the many options and facts about funeral services for the future.

Please feel free to call 319-338-1132 or stop in to talk with us about pre-planning services that we offer.


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Catholic church forbids cremation?

Iowa City Catholic church funeralQuestion: 

Does the Catholic Church forbid cremation at the time of a death?


No it does not. In years past, as it was throughout this country, the practice of cremation was not generally regarded as a choice at the time of a death. In our society today this has changed, along with the many choices one’s family has at that time. As with all important decisions, it is best to consult with those involved before making a final decision. By talking with family members, members of your clergy, and a funeral professional, one can make these difficult decisions before a death occurs.


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What can we do with old glasses?

What to do with prescription glassesQuestion:

After my mother died, we had all her pairs of old glasses she had worn throughout her lifetime.
What can we do with them now?


Many families allow us to donate these glasses to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, who in turn give them to those in need of glasses in our country and other countries. Some families will want to keep these glasses as a memory of their loved one, and some choose to bury them with the deceased. Of course, the choice is yours.


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