Questions and Answers about Funeral Service Arrangements
You will need to have the answers to the statements below when you come in to make
the arrangements for your loved one.
- Name of the father
- Full maiden name of the mother
- Birthplace and birth date of deceased
- Social Security Numbers
- Education of deceased
- Veteran's information, discharge, (form DD-214)
- Family to be listed in obituary and special items for newspaper
- Church affiliation, lodge, civic organizations and education
- Ministers name
- Marriage date and place
- Cemetery information.
You should bring with you certain items which may be needed such as;
- Clothing, if you are not selecting from our stock. If you should use personal clothing,
we would like to use underclothing and socks or hose. We prefer to have long sleeves
and a high collar.
- Any jewelry to be used
- Glasses, if worn
- Pictures for newspaper, video up to 45 pictures and pick out a picture for the memorial
- Insurance policies that you wish us to help file.
There are several airlines which offer discount fares if you are traveling to or
from a funeral service. We can fax any funeral information the airline may require.
Certified death certificates?
If the certificates are obtained at the time of death and before the final filing,
the cost would be $16.50 each.
Eligibility restrictions cause many veterans to receive few death benefits other
than a flag and military grave marker. We will work hard to insure that you get
every benefit that you are eligible for.
Social Security provides $255.00 to a surviving spouse or dependent child as a death
benefit. We are required to file a Funeral Directors Statement of Death, Social
Security will not need a certified copy of the death certificate.
What about flowers?
There are several fine florist in Altus. Casket sprays are available from each and
vary in cost from $100.00 to $1,000.00 & up. Click on this link to shop Altus florist.
What about honorariums for ministers and musicians?
The typical clergy honorarium varies from $50.00 to $200.00 with an average around
$100.00. We suggest an honorarium of $25.00 to $50.00 to each soloist and/or musician.
Of course if they were to travel a great distance, that should be taken into consideration.
If the services are to be held in our chapel, families can choose from over 800
seclections of recorded music on CD which is available at no additional cost.
What about cemetery expenses?
Cemetery lots in Altus cost $300.00 each. Grave spaces are available for qualified
Veterans at no cost in the Veteran's section of the cemetery. The city of Altus
charges a $35.00 marking fee on every grave opening. The grave service charges $695.00
for opening and closing the grave which includes tent and chairs. The city also
requires a concrete box, there are several different ones available, ask your funeral
director about these. There are additional charges for Sundays and Holidays.
Is a grave liner or vault required?
Most of our families use a vault or concrete grave liner. Restlawn Memorial Park
and Altus city cemetery have a concrete box as a minimum requirement. No other Jackson
County cemetery has a grave liner requirement.
What are cash advance items?
Cash advance items are services or merchandise that is provided by a third party.
Items such as; flowers, opening and closing the grave, death certificates, honorariums
for the preachers and musicians, grave spaces, cemetery fees, etc, etc.
Costs vary according to the services that you wish provided. The funeral service
expenditures are always itemized. You may select or reject various services that
we offer, all of which will be explained to you in advance. We urge you to select
the type of funeral service and burial you prefer, at a cost you can afford. Most
funerals will fall in an average price range of $5,500.00 to $9, 500.00.(these prices
can include cash advance items). The funeral you choose could be higher or lower
than these averages depending on the type of casket, service, vault, or memorial
packages that you choose.
Lowell-Tims Payment Policy
Payment for the arrangements you have selected is due by the time of the service.
The following methods of payment are available for your convenience:
CASH, CHECK, MAJOR CREDIT CARDS, OR THIRD PARTY FINANCING.
We will advance credit for funeral services on verified assigned insurance policies.
As dedicated professionals, we are committed to serving your family. Should you
have difficulty meeting these obligations, please discuss your situation in confidence
with your funeral director