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Frequently Asked Questions

A funeral is truly a celebration of the life of the individual who has passed on. It should reflect this person’s life and be personalized to their wishes. We will be happy to discuss all of your options and ensure your funeral is tailored exactly to your needs.

Having a viewing often aids in the grieving process by helping individuals and family come to terms with the reality of a loved one’s death. It is important to keep in mind that “anyone who is old enough to love is old enough to grieve”. When involving children in a viewing, it is important that this decision is their desire to do so, and to ensure that the process is explained in a manner in which they can understand and comprehend.

Obituaries are helpful to family and friends, because they are a way to honor the life and preserve the legacy of a loved one. By publishing the announcement, it can also let them know of the loved one’s death and type of service(s) to be held.

Anderson Family Funeral Home is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is call us at (208) 527-7000 and we will be happy to assist you in making the proper arrangements.

Embalming has several purposes:

  1. It slows the decomposition process and preserves the body for viewing purposes. This allows your family and friends time to travel to the funeral and participate in the service. According to grief specialists, the emotional benefits of viewing a loved one can be important, particularly for those who are having difficulty dealing with the death.
  2. It cleans the body, allowing the mortician to cloth and arrange the body prior to being placed in the casket.
  3. It enhances the appearance of a body which may have become damaged due to a traumatic death or illness.

Embalming is not required by law in Idaho, but other factors such as time and health requirements may make it necessary and appropriate. Please note: Embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air and where local laws need to be observed.

No. Cremation is really more of an alternative to traditional burial. Even with cremation, you may still have traditional memorial services such as a funeral and visitation period before the final disposition of the body.

Funeral costs, like weddings and other events, can vary based on a person’s wants, needs, and preferences. The costs include covering a professional service, transfer-of remains, embalming, other preparations, use of viewing facilities, use of hearse, and casket. Depending on choices, a full-service funeral typically costs $6,500 on average for an adult.

To learn more about how you can save on these costs, please take a moment to visit our Pre-planning section.