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Lynn A. Ronan,
Funeral Director
Ronan Funeral Home
255 York Road
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013
Tel: (717) 258-9863

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Q. I have received calls about preplanning, are they legitimate?
A. They could be. But you could be misled. Some callers are simply “third-party” sellers and have a specific product to sell such as caskets or vaults. Try to determine what they are selling and what is included. Find out if you are being offered a complete funeral service.

Q. Do I have to buy everything individually?
A. Of course not. But it is an option, no matter who arranges your ceremony. If you want the convenience of one source, however, only a licensed funeral director can offer the most comprehensive services.

Q. Why have a funeral or memorial service/memorial gathering?
A. Funerals are for the living. The funeral service is a way to bring people together-to lend support and to help each other through this difficult time. Helping family and friends work through some of these difficulties is what a funeral service provides. Nothing can fill the emptiness when a loved one dies, but the healing process begins sooner with the support of our family and friends.

Q. I’ve heard that funerals are expensive. Is this true?
A. When compared to other major life expenses, such as a house, education, births and weddings, funerals are not expensive. A wedding costs at least three times as much as a funeral, but because it is a happy event wedding costs are rarely criticized.  A funeral home is a 24 hour, seven day a week, labor intensive business with extensive facilities and these expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral.

In addition to facilities, the cost of a funeral includes merchandise (caskets, vaults, etc.) and the services of a funeral director and his staff. Contrary to popular belief, funeral homes are largely family owned with a modest profit margin. The following statistics may give you a truer economic picture of a funeral home:

  • 85% are family owned
  • Has been in business an average of 63 years
  • BEFORE tax profit 11.3%

(Source 2001 NFDA Survey of Funeral Home Operations)

Q. What about children and funerals?
A. Children should be allowed to participate in funeral services. It is an important part of the acceptance process was well as a way to offer last respects within the family structure. To keep a child from this experience denies her a significant and meaningful experience which could have lasting adverse effects in later emotional development. A child should be allowed to view the body but not forced to do so. Parents must remain sensitive to a child’s reaction and be prepared to remove the child if necessary. Ronan Funeral Home has information available on children and the funeral process. We also can provide age appropriate materials to assist you in discussing death with your children.

Q. How long will it take to get over the loss of my loved one?
A. There is no time limit on grief. Losing a loved one will stay with you forever. Death irreversibly affects those left behind, and although it will become easier to accept the loss of a loved one, the timing is different for each individual

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