Selecting a Funeral Home
When selecting a funeral home, the Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Homes serve all faiths in the area.
If you are planning for cremation, Harvey Anderson & Johnson Funeral Homes have a crematory at their Willmar location. The staff is very dedicated to accommodating each family's personal wishes. If you travel out of the area for the winter months, it is important to make sure to contact your local funeral home before leaving in case your death occurs while you are away. If these plans have been made, the funeral home can assist your family in arranging your return for services in the home area. This will not only save your family money, but it will also alleviate many frustrations because you will be working with someone you know and trust. The Funeral Home Staff and their Certified Preplanning Consultant will work with you and your family to assist you with recording your preplanning wishes and vital statistics. They will also work to find the best funding option for you and your family.
Our goal is to provide you as much information as possible regarding the cost of the services we provide. The greatest factors determining cost are the time spent by us and the use of our facilities. We are available to serve you 24 hours a day, every day. Our costs include wages, taxes, maintenance, supplies, advertising, utilities, insurance, upkeep and operation of a preparation room, licenses and continuing education requirements, inventory, arrangement meeting with family, filing of paperwork, obituaries, coordinating the funeral, visitation, transporting equipment to place of service, care and handling of flowers, operation of hearse and service vehicle, and much more.
When comparing prices with other funeral homes, you must be careful to compare like goods and services and the total price. Some funeral homes give a perception of low cost by giving a basic service charge, only to add on other expenses for services families desire and should expect with funeral service. Some will under price their total service expense and then over price merchandise. It is important to remember that all funeral homes do not provide the same quality of service.
Merchandise must be considered on equal levels in comparison. Different manufacturers, thickness and type of metal used, workmanship and quality of wood used, type and strength of burial vaults must be considered when comparing cost.
We are the home of West Central Cremation Service. Our onsite crematory brings the cremation option directly to you, eliminating long-distance transportation and middle-person costs. We serve people of all faiths and denominations. Whether you prefer a formal funeral service; a simple, intimate memorial; or a casual, alternative gathering, you will receive the same high quality personalized service. With cremation, we are not limited to serving only families in the communities where our chapels are located. West Central Cremation Service is here to serve all families with their cremation arrangements.
What is cremation?
Burial / Above Ground Entombment
For centuries, mausoleum entombment has been offered as an alternative to traditional burial for people preferring above ground burial. A columbarium niche is a similar choice for the person preferring cremation. The selected niche is identified with a nameplate listing dates of birth and death. The columbarium offers families a place to visit and remember on special holidays and other important times.
Scattering of cremated remains can represent a permanent oneness with an important place. Scattering in a river, lake or a sea, over mountains, farms even golf courses is not uncommon provided a permit can be secured. Scattering is regulated by state law. Your funeral director can coordinate the scattering and advise you of any local ordinances prohibiting scattering. Many cemeteries offer “scattering gardens” with the added benefit of memorialization. A scattering urn is especially designed to hold the cremated remains until the scattering ceremony and as a memento or keepsake afterwards. Be sure to consult your clergy as some religions will permit cremation but not allow scattering.