|Questions and Answers
about Funeral Service
|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
Marriage date and place
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
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
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
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.