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Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.
106 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Tel: 1-978-534-9137

Our facility is wheelchair accessible

FAQ

 

Q. When death occurs, what should I do?

A. Richardson's Funeral Directors and Staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a death occurs, call us and we will walk you through the steps that need to be taken.

Q. What information should I bring with me to the Funeral Home following the death of a family member?

A. In order to prepare for the funeral arrangement conference, we suggest that you put together the following information pertaining to the deceased:

Age
Date of Birth
Social Security Number
Type of occupation
Name of mother (including maiden name)
Mother's place of birth
Name of father
Father's place of birth
Number of years of education
Veteran information, if applicable (Form DD-214)

We will use this information for the death certificate.

If you wish to prepare for the obituary we will also ask about such information as:

Date and place of marriage
Work history
Hobbies
Groups or organizations the person was involved in
Family information such as name of sons, daughters, brothers and sisters and where they reside.

Q. Is it possible to personalize the service?

A. Yes. We are all unique people. As people, no two funeral services should be alike. Personalizing a service should reflect on the uniqueness of that person. Richardson's Funeral Home can give you helpful ideas of how to reflect your loved ones beliefs and lifestyle.

Q. What is the purpose of embalming?

A. The purpose of embalming is to allow a visitation or viewing in a safe environment. Embalming sanitizes, disinfects and preserves the body to slow down the eventual process of decomposition. Embalming may also play a restorative role when a traumatic event may have occurred. Embalming also makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition allowing enough time for the family members to travel to the funeral.

Q. If my family member dies out of town, state or country, can you still help?

A. Yes. We are part of a network of quality funeral homes throughout our country, Canada, and the world who hold the same standards and ethics as we do.

What is pre-planning?

A. When you plan in advance, you are making choices based on your wishes as to how your final arrangements will be carried out. Thus, it is the process by which you can eliminate confusion, uncertainty, and unnecessary expense on the part of the person making your burial and funeral arrangements, because you've already taken care of them. Click here for more information about our pre-arrangement services.

Q. If I want to pre-arrange my funeral do I have to prepay?

A. No. Although there are many benefits to prepaying your funeral one of the most important things to do is to have your instructions written down and kept at the funeral home. This will provide valuable instruction to your family once death occurs.

Q. Can we have a viewing if we want cremation?

A. Yes. Visitation helps in the grieving process by helping confirm the reality that a death has occurred. We encourage visitation as a final closure.

Q. How many death certificates do I need?

A. The answer to this question will depend on how involved or detailed the estate is. We usually recommend 4 to 8 death certificates however you may need more or less based on the number of insurance policies, bank accounts, investments, real estate etc.

Q. I do not attend church now nor am I affiliated with a clergy. Can I still have a service?

A. Yes. We have held many services in our chapel and other places that have not had a religious theme. There are many options to developing a service like this.

Q. What purpose does a funeral serve?

A. A funeral is an opportunity for family and friends to get together and remember or "celebrate" the life of the person who died. A funeral may also help to satisfy religious beliefs.

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