At Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, we are dedicated to helping families and friends prepare for and process the loss of a loved one. We know how important the services we offer can be. We will do everything in our power to help make this process as easy as possible in a way that encourages healing and comfort. We're also here to answer your questions.

Are a Mortuary and a Morgue the Same Thing?The Terms May Be Used Interchangeably

Whether there's any difference between a morgue and a mortuary partly depends on where you live. In some areas of the world, such as the United Kingdom, it's common to use the terms interchangeably. In the United States, the term morgue is usually used to describe a place in either a hospital or medical center where bodies are temporarily stored. The bodies will remain there until they are either claimed or redirected.

What Services Do They Offer?

While the United States tends to somewhat differentiate between the terms, you may still see both terms used to describe businesses that help the deceased's families with various services. They may provide cremation, embalming, preparation, or burial services.

What About Funeral Homes?

Funeral homes usually don't offer on-site cremation services. However, they should know how to help you throughout that process and where you can seek out cremation services. Funeral homes mainly focus on the funeral service itself. Some mortuaries and morgues also offer funeral services.

The Best Way To Know Is To Ask

Since these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, the easiest way to know what to expect is to ask the business themselves. One thing that may be helpful is to make a list of the services you would like, so you can go over this list with the businesses you are considering. The businesses should be forthright with you and let you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.

Our team would be happy to help you understand the various services we offer, as we know how crucial that knowledge is for the family.

What To Expect From Us, Cremation Services

Our online cremation service has made the arrangement of cremation a quick and simple process. You can easily choose the services you would like and fill out the required forms.

We will then arrange the transportation, which will bring your loved one into our care. Once the necessary paperwork is received we will complete the cremation process.

A Place To Gather

Our Mortuary includes a memorial park, where friends and family can gather to commemorate their deceased loved ones and celebrate their life.

In 1960 we set out with the goal to design a beautiful resting place that would remind visitors of a scenic park. With elegant trees and pathways throughout the area, our visitors can walk, reflect, and have peace of mind.

Tours Are Available

Choosing the right funeral service can be an emotional and overwhelming process. Our team welcomes you to our comfortable offices so we can answer your questions and show you our different options.

A Focus on What Matters

There are many cemeteries that may view their job as little more than handling remains, but we know there's so much more to it than that. It's true that our job includes the physical aspect of entombments, inurnment, and burials. That said, it's equally true that our job includes working together with the affected families and loved ones, and designing an experience that is healing and comforting for all.

Our settings are designed to be peaceful and intimate, so those grieving can have a sense of warmth, togetherness, and closure. We consider this to be the most rewarding part of our job.

Different Ways To Honor the Life of Your Loved One

We offer unique ways to honor the memories and relationships you shared with your loved one. Our team can work together with you to create an event that is fitting for the deceased. We would also be happy to suggest ways we can enhance your tribute ideas.

Tribute Videos

Tribute videos are a lovely way to collect and display your favorite memories. Soothing music and graphic images will be used to create an emotive and elegant video that can be a part of your loved one's memorial or funeral service.

The video isn't just for the memorial. Afterward, you can have the video as a keepsake to treasure for years to come. We would also be happy to make copies for friends and family members.

Printing Services

Our Life Tributes take an old tradition and give it a new twist. We can make memorial service programs, prayer cards, bookmarks, and folders. All of these items can include a poem or prose tribute and your favorite photo of them.

Memorial Websites

Memorial websites are quickly growing in popularity. They can be visited time and time again by the deceased's loved ones. That means that, even on days when they can't visit their loved one's memorial in person, they have an online sanctuary to turn to. They can look at their pictures and read through the memories online visitors have shared at any time.

Our memorial sites put a special focus on that connectivity. We want each site to be a place where family and friends can come together to share pictures, videos, and tributes to the deceased. It's an ongoing record of the special bonds your loved ones created in their lifetime.

FAQ About Our Funeral Services1. Why Is a Funeral Important?

Loved ones sometimes underestimate the importance of a funeral. There can be great value in having a time and place to come together with friends and family and mourn your shared loss. It's a time to express love, support, grief, and respect. It gives survivors a safe space to openly come to terms with death, while surrounded by their support system. It is often the first step towards emotionally adjusting to their loss.

2. What Are Some Common Funeral Service Options? Private Service

A private service means only those who are invited will attend. Usually, select relatives and a few close friends will attend this service option. It can be a good choice for those who want a more intimate setting amongst a group of close-knit individuals.

Memorial Service

A memorial service usually doesn't have the body present. How the ceremony is carried out can vary widely depending on the family's religious traditions, desires, and community. We can help you create a service that suits and honors your loved one and your family.

Which Option Should I Pick?

That is a personal choice: there isn't any right or wrong answer. Unless the type of service is noted in a pre-plan by the deceased, the family will be the ones making the arrangements. They should feel empowered to make the choice they feel most comfortable with. The service itself can be carried out at the funeral home, or can be held at a place of worship.

3. Can I Still Have a Funeral Service and Visitation Period if I Choose Cremation?

Absolutely. Cremation is one of the options you can choose for the body's final disposition. You can still have a wonderful service and visitation period after choosing cremation. We would be happy to discuss the various services we offer for cremated remains, including our urn vaults designed as a safe place to house the remains.

4. Are There Any Benefits to Having a Public Viewing?

There can be, but this is still a personal choice. You should not feel guilty about either choosing to have or not to have a public viewing. Many traditions involve viewing the deceased. Survivors may find it helpful to be able to see their loved one and come to terms with their death.

5. Do We Have to Embalm the Remains?

Embalming may be required in some rare instances when you have to transport the deceased by air over certain areas. Other than that, it is always a personal choice and not a requirement.

6. Do We Still Need an Obituary Notice?

While our memorial websites can help replace the function of an obituary notice, a notice can still be a helpful way to reach the community and inform them of your loved one's death and the type of service you're going to have. These notices can be published in a newspaper or online.

7. What Happens if My Loved One Dies Unexpectedly or on the Weekend?

We are available to help you at any hour, on any day. We can even assist you if the death occurs while you are away from home. If you are nearby and request immediate help, we can get there within an hour. If you are away from home, we can help you arrange transportation options to bring your deceased loved one back to their community.

Throughout every step of the process, we are here to help. If you have more questions or would like more specific information, reach out to us at Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary today, so we can offer personalized support.