Frequently Asked Questions


Hilton’s Mortuary wants to give you the answers to some of the most common questions relating to the value of preplanning a funeral, or memorial service. If you have further questions, please contact us and we will do our best to provide you with clear answers.

What is a funeral?

The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. It permits facing openly and realistically the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step towards emotional adjustment to their loss. 

What type of service should I have?

The type of service conducted for is based on your desire. The service is usually held at a place of worship or at our funeral home. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of your family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgement of friendship and support. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to your community and religious affiliations.

Can I personalize my funeral service?

Absolutely, in fact, we recommend it. After all, the funeral is a celebration of life. Hilton’s Mortuary is happy to discuss all options and ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes. It may be personalized in many unique ways. 

Why should I have a public viewing?

There are many reasons for this. It is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions, and all grief specialists attest that viewing aids the grief process, by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is even encouraged for children, as long as it is their desire to do so, and the process is explained well.  Remember that anyone who is old enough to love is old enough to grieve. 

Why do I need an obituary notice?

It is helpful to friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death and type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper, or on the Internet.  Remember that all clients of Hilton’s Mortuary get not only an on-line obituary notice but an interactive system where all of your family and friends can share pictures and videos, all which help with honoring the life and preserving the legacy of their loved one.

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service. We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or a memorial service. 

Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?

Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation period and a funeral service. Cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body. 

How much does a funeral cost?

Funerals can cost as little as a few thousand dollars upwards depending on the wishes chosen. That is one reason why preplanning is so important. You will be able to make sure your wishes are done while financially having the costs covered.

If you would like to start PrePlanning your funeral now, or simply want to see more of what types of things are involved, click here to upload a free printable version of our PrePlan Funeral Form

Please contact us at (843) 619-7130

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