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No! Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service is a privately held corporation, of which, the Diehl family is the majority shareholder, and key members of the Diehl-Whittaker team are minority shareholders.

  • Arranges for the deceased to be picked up and transported to the funeral home (anytime day or night).
  • Meets with the family; assisting the with completing the arrangements for the funeral.
  • Notifies the proper authorities (physician or coroner); prepare and file the death certificate with the appropriate health department.
  • Sanitizes and embalms the decedent.
  • Prepares the decedent for viewing
  • Coordinates with clergy and church personnel, schedules the preparation of the grave and burial vault, orders necessary goods and services (e.g. casket, motorcycle escort, flowers, etc.)

If the death occurs in a medical facility (hospital or nursing home), instruct the facility to call the funeral home of your choice. If the death occurs at a residence and a hospice nurse or a home health care provider is not involved, do not call the funeral home first. Call 9-1-1 and report the death to the police and/or fire department EMS. The police will conduct a preliminary investigation, notifying the attending physician and/or the Coroner’s Office before calling the funeral home.

When you go to the funeral home, it will be helpful to take certain information with you, to include: the decedent’s birth date and place of birth; the decedent’s mother’s maiden name and father’s name; the decedent’s Social Security Number; if the decedent was a veteran, his or her military discharge (form DD214); and any life insurance policies you plan to use.

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, minimizing the possibility of disease transmission to those who might come in contact with the decedent. Embalming also makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, giving the family members additional time to arrange and participate in the type of service that is most comforting to them.

The Federal Trade Commission states: “Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.”

Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained, and the activity is voluntary.

Burial in a casket is the most common method of disposition of remains in the United States, although entombment also occurs. Cremation is increasingly selected because it can be less expensive and allows for the memorial service to be held at a more convenient time in the future when relatives and friends can come together.

A funeral service followed by cremation need not be any different than a funeral service followed by earth burial. Usually, cremated remains are placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremains may also be scattered, according to state law.

Yes! We will gladly place the obituary in the newspaper at a cost no greater than it would be for you to place the obituary yourself.

The death certificate will be filed in the local jurisdiction where the death occurred. If you would like us to obtain certified copies or the death certificate for you, we will do so, at cost, plus any delivery or mailing fees.

We accept cash, cashier’s checks, all major credit cards, and the assignment of verified life insurance policies. Tribute Loan financing (monthly payment option) is available to families whose credit is approved. Payment is due, or financing must be secured, before service is rendered.

Absolutely! Pre-payment can be done as a single payment, or in monthly installments, without credit checks or medical exams (as per Ohio law, to protect you, your payments must be invested in an insurance policy).

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