Listed below are a few of the common questions we receive. We hope that these answers can be a guideline to navigating this often confusing time.

If you have a specific question or need assistance, please don't hesitate to call. Contact information can be found at the top of this page. Our family is always available to help yours during a time of loss.

Listed below are a few of the common questions we receive.

What Information do I need for a Funeral Arrangement?

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You need to: (we can assist you with the below listed items if you need our help)
  • Contact you minister and establish time and place of service. Also find out if a musician is available to you.
  • Decide what cemetery you would like to use.
  • For a veteran, have or get the DD214 for burial in order to obtain a flag and to bury in a national cemetery. (National Cemeteries are not open on weekends)

Information to fill out the death certificate:
  • Decease full legal name
  • Occupation (if retired, what they did most of their life)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Address of Residency
  • Spouse name (Maiden name if female)
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Place of disposition
  • Discharge papers if veteran
  • Educational background

We will provide you with:
  • The proper form and information to place the obituary in the newspaper.
  • A general price list to assist you in purchasing services, casket and any other merchandise.


We ask that you bring the clothing when making the arrangements or the day after the casket selection. Clothing includes everything except shoes. If desiring a wig, please present with clothes. If a beautician is a desire, we can provide one or you may provide you own.

How much does a funeral service cost?

Funeral costs depend on what you would like. For example, a service like direct cremation or burial would incur different costs than a chapel memorial service due to embalming and facility requirements.

Is Embalming Required?

Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary however, if you select certain funeral arrangements such as a funeral service with public viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as Direct Cremation or Immediate Burial.

What are the basic services of a funeral director?

First Our Responsibilities Are:

  • The funeral home must be available 24 hours a day to receive calls.
  • Execute the proper papers according to state law as it pertains to permission to embalm.
  • Arrange embalming once given permission.
  • Execute any special request of the family.
  • Obtain necessary information to activate removal of remains with proper authorized permission.
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Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Dispatch first calls staff a vehicle to properly remove the body from the designated location. Alpine Funeral Home can coordinate transporting a body form anywhere in the world. This is coordinated by the funeral home, and must comply with FTC and OSHA Rules.
  • The funeral home sets up time for the family to come in to make arrangements, which are performed by a licensed Director.
  • The Director must comply with FTC rule by providing the family with a General Price List of Goods and Services.
  • The Funeral Director obtains Vital Statistic information for the Death Certificate.
  • The Funeral Director arranges for the Death Certificate to be taken to doctor for cause of death. Then picked-up and taken to Health Unit where the number of certified Death Certificates ordered by family will be obtained for the family.
  • The Funeral Director/Funeral Home coordinates the time and place of service, newspaper notice, ordering of a vault if needed , ordering the casket spray, ordering a police escort, arranging limousines for pickup and filing all necessary forms (Insurance, Permits, Death Certificates, VA, Social Security, etc.)