Serenity Funerals sets the standard for professional and fairly prices funerals, memorials and cremations. One of our licensed Funeral Director’s is here to assist you in making arrangements which include a chapel service, church service and/or a graveside service. We will gently guide you through the decisions necessary for making your loved one’s funeral a personal tribute. Serenity has built its reputation on quality service and compassionate memorials.
“Providing answers before they are needed”
People are discovering that pre-arranging their funeral eliminates the burden of having to make complex arrangements at a most difficult time. Not only does pre-planning allow you the assurance that your wishes are fulfilled, you are able to secure your service arrangements at today’s prices. Whether your plans include a traditional funeral service to a direct cremation, we offer a variety of pre payment options allowing you and your family peace of mind.
The benefits that the Veterans Administration (VA) offers to all veterans are:An American Flag that can be draped on the casket, Military Honors at the cemetery, A government marker. The funeral home arranges for these benefits with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214).
If burial is in a National Cemetery the VA also provides for the grave space for the veteran, opening and closing of the grave, and a government issued concrete liner. Spouses and minor children of eligible veterans of the armed forces members may also be eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Many national cemeteries have columbarai for the inurnment of cremated remains or special gravesites for the burial of cremated remains.
Headstones and markers and their placement are provided at the government’s expense. The funeral home arranges with the national cemetery for burial after a death occurs. Again, the veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214) are required. The veteran may be eligible for additional burial benefits for which the family can apply. To determine what benefits the veteran is eligible for, please contact the VA office at 1-800-827-1000 or online at http://www.cem.va.gov/
The following checklist is designed to help you file your Social Secuirty benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made. If you have any additional questions concerning Social Security Benefits you can call their toll freenumber, 1-800-772-1213 or go to their website, www.ssa.gov.
The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death.
Who May Received Monthly Benefits
- A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.
- A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, of if caring for an entiled child who is under 16 or disabled.
- Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full time).
- Children who are disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remain disabled.
- Deceased worker’s parent or parents 62 or older, if they were being supported by the worker.
Lump-Sum Death Payment
A one time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order.
- A surviving spouse who was living with the worker at the time of death.
- A surviving spouse who is eligible for benefits.
- A child or children eligible for benefits.
This payment cannot be made if there is not an eligible spouse or child.
Applying For Benefits
You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-722-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone.
Social Security Teleservice
You may call the Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 1-800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.
You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to appy for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.
We will help you in obtaining a death certificate which can be important for insurance purposes, banking, property and auto ownership.
Sometimes the loss of a loved one can be especially painful. We understand that the grieving process does not end with the funeral. We are here not only to help arrange the funeral, but to help families cope with the loss of their loved one. There are a wide variety of grief resources available and we will help to point you in the right direction and help you begin the healing process.
Special touches are often important to families. To help make your service unique, we offer the following.
- Personalized Service Folders
- Personalized Bookmarkers
- Dove Release
- Balloon Release
- Video Tributes
- Catered Visitation
- Others available by phone
At Serenity Funerals and Crematory we are here to help families that have had a loss due to a violent crime. This program has the ability to provide financial assistance to crime victims for funeral expenses and other items. For more information on this program please contact us at 918-292-8411.
Precious Memories Keepsake Jewelry
Precious Memories are keepsakes that allow you to remember the one who has passed in a truly unique and powerful way – with a tangible imprint that captures the unique impression every life makes on our own. Captured from an inked fingerprint, each one is both unique and everlasting, preserving in precious metal every line and contour for generations to come.