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San Marcos Chapel & Vista Chapel

Common Questions About Funeral Services

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Many people have questions but aren't sure what to ask first.  We hope these questions, and those on the other FAQ pages, will be of some help to you. If you think of something else you would like us to add to this list of questions, please let our Allen Brothers staff know.

Whether you're planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person's final arrangements.  With the opportunity for great personalization, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors.  Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. It can:

  • Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of your loved one.
  • Allow friends and family to say their last goodbyes.
  • Provide closure after the loss.
  • Allow family and friends to comfort each other.

An obituary is a "news article" that reports the recent death of a person, typically along with an account of the person's life and information about the upcoming funeral services.  Obituaries are normally printed in local newspapers but can also be printed in out-of-the area papers if your loved one spent many years in another city, state, or country.  Our How To Write An Obituary form may help you gather your thoughts and decide which option(s) works best for your family.

Two types of paid advertisements are related to obituaries. One, known as a death notice, omits most biographical details and is usually, but not always, printed in local newspapers at no charge.  The other type, a paid memorial obituary, is usually written by family members, perhaps with assistance from our staff.  Newspapers charge fees based on which day of the week the obituary will run, the number of words in the obituary, and if a photo is to be included.  Price quotes are given and a family must approve the obituary and fees before it is run. 

Our online Eternal Memorial Tribute provides for an obituary space with photo and unlimited words, at no charge to our families.   An email link allows you to send notice of this tribute to family and friends across the nation or in other countries.

Writing an obituary can be very difficult and stressful for families.  Try to imagine you are telling your best friend about your loved one's life and you may find the words flow much easier.

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