Frequently Asked Questions

We have heard tons of questions, and Resthaven has chosen to provide you with the answers to some of the most common questions relating to a funeral, funeral home and funeral service in Fort Collins, Colorado.

- What is a funeral?
To begin with, a funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value to those who mourn. This will also give you a chance to get other loved ones together and gives them a chance to express love, respect, and grief. A funeral allows everyone involved to face the reality of death and celebrate the life of the deceased. 

- What type of service should I have?
  Only you and your loved one's can answer that question. If there is nothing noted in a pre-plan, than the family will decide. A service usually takes place in a funeral home or at a house of worship. The service may vary depending on the wishes of loved ones and religious denomination. You can also have a private service if it your desire to do so. 

- Can I personalize my funeral service?
Yes, in fact, we want you too. A funeral is a celebration of life. Resthaven Funeral directors are happy to discuss all options and make sure that your funeral is made to you and your wishes. It may be customized in many ways. Contact us at (970) 667-0202 to explore possibilities.

- Why should we have a public viewing?
Many Grief experts believe that a viewing helps with a deceased. It also a known tradition in many cultural and ethnic traditions. Resthaven also recommends taking your children with you so long as they want to and it is explained well.

- Why do we need an obituary notice?
This lets friends and community know that a death has occurred and provide the correct information of service to be held. A notice can take place even online but most occur on the newspaper as is tradition.   

- What do funeral directors do?
A funeral director has a double role of being a caregiver and an administrator. They perform duties such as completing all paperwork, implementing choices made by your family regarding the funeral.  Funeral Directors are experienced in assisting loved ones who are coping with death. A Director is trained and honed to answer any question's you many have about grief, and are able to tell when someone is having a hard time dealing with loss.   

- What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are available at all times, everyday. All you need to do is place a call to us at (970) 667-0202. If you need help right away, one of our professionals will be there as soon as possible. If you and your loved ones want to spend a little time with the deceased, you can choose to. 

- What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
A Resthaven Director will help you if a death occurs anywhere on the globe. Our Directors are highly trained and will take the necessary responsibility to return your loved one back to where he belongs. They will act as the deceased's agent. 

- What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body. It slows down the decay process and can enhance the body. This will also extent the time between death and the final resting place.  

- Is embalming required?
No, it is not required. But factors such as time, health, and legal laws may make embalming necessary if you are extending a funeral time for example. Embalming may be required if the deceased has to be transported in the air as well, but if none of these apply to you and you've chosen cremation. You don't have to worry about embalming.  

- Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
No, it is simply an entombment for the body's final disposition. 

- Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Yes, cremation is simply another option for final disposition of the body. With cremation, you can choose this option anytime.

- How much does a funeral cost?
Funerals can cost as cheap as a $1000 for for direct disposition. Which means the registering of the deceased, container or casket, and transporting the deceased to a cemetery. 

- Has this cost increased significantly?
Funeral costs are usually on par with price index of other items.

- Why are funerals so expensive?
Funerals have a number of factors that go into the price such as:

- View rooms

- Chapels

- Vehicle and transportation of the body

- Caskets

- Making arrangements: dealing with doctors, florists, newspapers, ministers.

- What recourse does a consumer have for poor service or overcharging?
While most funeral homes provide outstanding services, sometimes things can go wrong. Funeral service is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the FTC by contacting the Consumer Response Center by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357); TDD: 1-866-653-4261; by mail: Consumer Response Center, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580; or on the Internet at, using the online complaint form. You may also choose to contact the local Better Business Bureau, or your state consumer protection office.

- Who pays for funerals for the indigent?
Other than the immediate family. There are numerous unions and organizational benefits that pay for funerals. Most directors know the various benefits of each group and how to obtain them. Sometimes, funeral directors can absorb cost above and beyond what is provided by agencies to insure the deceased has a good burial. 

Cemetery Common Questions

- Are cemeteries running out of space?

Just like any closed space, cemeteries are affected by increased population density in both rural and urban areas. Cemetery spaces do have a end and a premium in some popular regions.  

- What is Perpetual Care?
This refers to correct terms Endowment or Permanent Care. These Care funds are collected to maintain the grounds, buildings, and roads of the cemetery. 

- Can the vault be personalized?
Yes, we can show you the vast range of personalization, including military insignias and custom nameplates. 

- Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Yes there, we offer urn vaults that are designed for cremated remains.

- Can two cremations be performed at once?
No, not only is it highly illegal to do so. Most cremation chambers are physically incapable of performing two bodies at a time. Making it practically impossible. 

- Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes, for a small fee. Our cremation facility is set up to allow loved ones to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, it is a part of some religious groups. 

- Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

- Must I purchase a burial vault?
In most areas of the country, state or local laws do not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the ground will not sink. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.

- What are the advantages of a mausoleum burial?
Mausoleum crypts are both clean and dry. They offer a viable alternative for those who simply have an aversion of being interred in the ground. Furthermore, with the growing shortage of available land for cemetery use, mausoleums will allow for a maximum number of entombments in a minimum amount of space.

- What is a columbarium?
A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden setting, is constructed with numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.