Frequently Asked Questions

People come to us with questions every single day, and we’re delighted to give them correct, up-to-date answers. Most of the questions we hear are below – but if you can’t find yours, don’t despair. Just call, or email us. We’ll give your questions or concerns our utmost attention, and get back to you by phone or email, whichever you prefer.

  • Why should I prearrange my funeral?
    Makes your final wishes known and relieves your loved ones of the financial responsibility in the future. Also protects assets for funeral expenses from Medicaid requirements.

  • How much does a funeral cost?
    Funeral cost varies depending upon the type services selected. For examples of services we provide click here.

  • Why choose The O. R. Woodyard Funeral Home?
    Our family owned business has been trusted by families in times of need for over 75 years to provide dignified services at a fair minded price. We provide services to all faiths.

  • If I prepay for my funeral what is done with the money?
    100% of all money paid is placed into a trust account or insurance product that will be used when services are provided.

  • Does organ/tissue donation affect funeral practices?
    No. Families may make final funeral arrangements, including an open casket funeral, for burial or cremation.

  • What is the purpose of a funeral?
    A funeral provides for the dignified and respectful care of the deceased. It is a special tribute to a unique life. The funeral service confirms the reality and finality of death —the first step in overcoming grief. It affords those friends and relatives an opportunity to express the love and respect they feel for someone who was important to them. Seeing how much someone cares can be a tremendous psychological help to a bereaved family adjusting to their loss.

  • How can the Funeral Director help you?
    We can answer many of your questions or concerns regarding the legal, financial and emotional aspects surrounding death. We are knowledgeable of the laws, customary procedures, and psychological considerations. This information can be especially helpful at the time of a death in the family, but often questions arise before the crisis situation. Feel free to contact us for answers to any related questions you might have.

    We are specifically trained and socially sensitive. We have experience assisting people in dealing with their grief and also possess an understanding of the proper coping techniques; we can assist you when a death occurs, listening to your concerns and offering wise counsel. We can also handle all of the special technical arrangements for a funeral.

  • Who regulates funeral homes?
    As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with 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 with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

  • As a visitor do I stay the entire time of the visitation?
    Visitors are not expected to stay the entire time of visitation. If you are close to the family and see a need you can fulfill by staying your presence would be appreciated. If there is a long receiving line, keep your remarks to the family brief to help facilitate the receiving of friends.

  • Are cars supposed to pull off the road when there is a funeral procession passing?
    There is no law that requires vehicles to pull off the road, but it is considered respectful to do so when road conditions and traffic patterns permit. It is however a person who cuts off or interferes with a funeral procession may be ticketed.

  • What is embalming?
    Embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be required if you select funeral arrangements with open casket visitation. Embalming is not required if you select a cremation service without a casket visitation.

  • Is embalming required?
    Embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be required if you select funeral arrangements with open casket visitation. Embalming is not required if you select a cremation service without a casket visitation.

  • What is cremation?
    Cremation is simply a form of disposition. A cremation casket, made of easily combustible material, is placed in a cremation chamber where, through a process of heat and evaporation, the body is reduced to its original elements--bone fragments, not ashes.

  • Can you have cremation with an open casket visitation?
    Yes, many families choose to have memorial service prior to or after the cremation. You may still have a traditional funeral with visitation, with the cremation disposition taking place after the service. The psychological benefits of viewing our loved ones and having the opportunity to say good-bye are well documented and are available with cremation.

  • Where does the cremation take place?
    The cremation will take place at our own crematory, not another company, and the cremation will be handled by licensed funeral director. We invite you to inspect our crematory. Cremation is a dignified mode of disposition handle by certified crematory operators, governed by the State of Ohio Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers.

  • What is direct cremation?
    Direct cremation means cremation with no visitation or services. Some people choose direct cremation believing that the quickest, simplest, and least expensive option is best. However, most people require something more than only to dispose of their loved one. People recognize the need to come together to share and grieve at the time of death. Grief shared is grief diminished.

  • What do you do with cremated remains?
    Families may choose from various way memorialize cremated remains. Families may choose a traditional burial, a niche in a chapel or mausoleum; keep them at home or to scatter them.

  • Are funerals expensive?
    When compared to other major life cycle events, like births and weddings, funerals are not expensive. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor intensive business with extensive facilities that have costs just like any other building to maintain. When determining if a funeral home is expensive or not, compare prices with other funeral homes. All funeral homes are required to give you, for retention, a General Price List. Also ask whether the value of the products and services received are in line with the prices paid. The cost of a funeral is always a matter of personal choice.

  • Can cremated remains be scattered?
    A family may scatter the cremated remains of their loved one on privately-owned property with the consent of the property owner. Always be sure to check your local, state and federal laws concerning scattering of cremains. Scattering, however, is neither practical nor considerate of all concerned. It may be very traumatic for family members to scatter fragmented, yet recognizable bone fragments of their loved one. In addition, later generations of the family may not have a place to go to pay tribute, if that private property has been sold or developed into something else. Only a cemetery provides for the dignified, permanent record and memorialization of cremated remains.