Frequent Questions


General Questions

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It is the customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.

    Our directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. Our directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with the death. Funeral Directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help.  Funeral directors also link survivors support groups at our funeral home or in the community.

    In most states, family members may bury their own dead although regulations vary.  However, most people find it very trying to be solely responsible for arranging the details and legal matters surrounding a death.

    Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions.  Many grief specialist believe that viewing aids the grief  process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death.  Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary.

    Yes, a person who dies of AIDS-related illness is entitled to the same service options afforded to anyone else.  If public viewing is consistent with local or personal customs, that option is encouraged.  Because the grief experienced by survivors may include a variety of feelings, survivors may need more support than survivors of non-AIDS- related deaths.

    Embalming sanitizes and temporarily preserves the body, retards the decompostion process, and may enhance the appearance of the body disfigured by traumatic death or illness.  Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final dispositon, thus allowing family memebers time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

    Embalming Questions

    Embalming sanitizes and temporarily preserves the body, retards the decompostion process, and may enhance the appearance of the body disfigured by traumatic death or illness.  Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final dispositon, thus allowing family memebers time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

    No, however, our funeral homes require embalming when certain types of services are selected.

    Cremation Questions

    No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service.

    According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), cremation was the disposition of choice in about 27% of all deaths in the United States in the year 2001.  It is projected that the percentage will rise to about  47% in 2025.  These figures represent the United States as a whole; individual states may have lower or higher rates or cremation.  (Source: Crematioin Association of North America)

    Yes, of course you can.  Your Funeral Home can assist you with the necessary information for a viewing and funeral with a cremation following or a memorial service.

    Funeral Cost Questons

    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 Funeral Service Counselor Assistance Program.   FSCAP  provides information, mediates disputes, provides arbitration, and maintains a consumer guarantee fund for reimbursement of services rendered. To contact FSCAP, call 708-827-6337 or 800-662-7666).  Cemetery Oversite Commission (410)230-6229, Maryland State Board of Morticians (410) 764-4792.

    Some funeral homes may mark caskets up tremendously, but we here at the Ambrose Funeral Homes do not. We invite you to compare our prices with any others.

    Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to pay for funerals, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment from Social Security, or Social Services.  In most states, some form of public aid allowances are available from either the state, county, or city or a combination.  Most funeral directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them for the indigent.

    What to do if a Death Occurs

    Our Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us anytime at 410-242-2211.

    Yes, we will respond as soon as possible if requested.  If the family wishes to spend some time with the deceased before they are taken to the funeral home that can be arranged.  We will come when your time is right.

    Yes, we can assist you with out-of-state arrangements, either to transfer the remains to another state or to Maryland.

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