Frequently Asked Questions

Gering Chapel has heard thousands of questions, and has chosen to answer some of the most common questions we get asked regarding a funeral, a funeral service, and funeral homes.

- What is a funeral?
The funeral is a ceremony of proven value and worth for those who mourn. A funeral provides an place for survivors and others to share in the loss and express their love, respect and grief. This allows facing realistically the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved begin the process towards emotional recovery after their loss. 

- What type of service should I have?
Only you can solve that question. The type of service for the deceased, if not noted from a pre-plan, is then decided by the close family. The service is usually held at a place of funeral or place of worship. The service may depend on the religious denomination or with the wished of the family. We also offer a private service by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the family and religious affiliation.  

- Can I personalize my funeral service?
Yes you can, in fact, we highly recommend it. A funeral is a celebration of life. Funeral directors are happy to discuss all the options available to you to make it tailored to your wishes. Contact us at (308) 436-5038 to explore the possibilities.

- Why should we have a public viewing?
Many believe that viewing aids help with the grieve process, by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. It is also part of many ethnic and cultural traditions. Viewing is encouraged for children, so long as the process is explained well. 

- Why do we need an obituary notice?
An obituary notice helps friends and the community know the death happened and the type o service to be held. A notice can be placed online or in the local newspaper. 

- What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are both in-charge and caregivers. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation, complete necessary paperwork, and implement choices made by the family regarding the final disposition of the body. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, supports, and advisors. They have the wisdom in assisting with coping with death. Funeral directors can also help beyond the funeral service by connecting people with grief support groups. 

- What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are available at all times. All you need to do is call us at (308) 436-5038. If you request immediate assistance, one of our professionals will come as soon as possible. If the family wishes to spend a little time with deceased to say good bye, it is acceptable. 

- What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
Your funeral director can help you occur anywhere on the globe. Contact Gering Chapel immediately. They will take responsibility and arrange for the return of the deceased person to their community. They may have the services of the funeral director in the place of death who then will act as their agent. 

- What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming preserves the body, it slows down the decomposition process and greatly enhances the appearance of a body that may be disfigured by illness or death.

- Is embalming mandatory by law?
No, it is not. But certain factors of health, time and legal requirements make embalming required or necessary. Embalming is required if the deceased is being transported by air to another county where local laws need to be observed. 

- Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
No, cremation is another option to a earth burial or entombment for the final disposition of the body. Gering Memorial can assist you with necessary information for necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or can have a memorial service.  

- Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?
Yes we can. Cremation is simply one options for the disposition of the body. 

- Is cremation as a means of disposition increasing?
Yes, but not as fast as some people think. 

- Is it possible to have a traditional funeral if someone dies of AIDS?
Yes, a person who dies of AIDS is entitled to the sam options afforded to anyone else. 

- How much does a funeral cost?
Funerals can cost as small as $1000 for a direct disposition. (Direct disposition includes a basic casket, container, registering the death, and transporting the deceased to a crematorium or cemetery) For an full-sized adult, full-service funeral, families choose to spend an average of around $5000. This comes with professional services, embalming, transfer-of remains, an other preparation. This also uses viewing facilities and transportation and purchase of casket. 

- Has this cost increased significantly?
Funeral costs have been as steady as the consumer price index for consumer items. 

- Why are funerals so expensive?
Funerals are a lot like birthday or weddings celebrations. The cost will vary to the budget and tastes of the consumer. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor business, with extensive facilities, these expenses must be determined into the cost of a funeral. The cost of a funeral includes the services of a funeral director in making arrangements. Contrary to what most people belief, funeral homes are largely family-owned with a modest margin of profit.

- What recourse does a consumer have for poor service or overcharging?
While most funeral homes provide stellar services such as Gering Memorial, sometimes things can go wrong. Funeral service is maintained and regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the FTC by contacting the Consumer Response Center by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357); TDD: 1-866-653-4261; by mail: Consumer Response Center, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580; or on the Internet at, using the online complaint form. You may also choose to contact the local Better Business Bureau, or your state consumer protection office.

- Who pays for funerals for the indigent?
Other than the close family, there are a number of union, veteran, and other organizations to pay for funerals as well. Most directors are aware of the the benefits your loved one has and they know how to get them. Sometimes the funeral directors can often take costs beyond what is provided by agencies in order to insure the deceased has a respectable burial. 

Cemetery Common Questions

Here we have collected the most commonly-asked questions about cemeteries. If your question isn't answered here, we invite you to call us. Gering Chapel is here to provided the information you need. 

- Are cemeteries running out of space?
Cemetery spaces are a finite resource, which means eventually they will run out of space. Some regions charge a premium for such areas.  

- What is Perpetual Care?
Perpetual Care refers to terms such as Endowment Care or Permanent Care. These funds are collected with every interment space sale and this will help maintain the roads, grounds, and buildings of the cemetery. 

- Can the vault be personalized?
Yes, Gering Chapel can show you a vast range of custom choices, including military insignias and nameplates. 

- Are there vaults for cremated remains?
Of course there is, we offer vaults designed an in-ground burial of the cremated remains. 

- Can two cremations be performed at once?
No, as it is illegal to do so and most cremation chambers are not meant to fit two people making it physically impossible. 

- Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes you can for a small fee. Our facilities allow family members to be present when cremation is taking place. in some religious groups, it is a part of their funeral custom. 

- Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?
Nope, embalming is not needed for burial. But this depends on the choices of the family as well such as having a public viewing. 

- Must I purchase a burial vault?
In most states, they do not require that you have to buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require having a container so that the ground will not sink in. A grave liner or burial vault will meet the requirements. 

- What are the advantages of a mausoleum burial?
The crypts are both dry and clean. They offer an alternative for those who do not want to be put into the ground. Withe the growing shortage of available land, mausoleums will allow for the max amount of entombments in a short amount of space. 

- What is a columbarium?
A columbarium, often located inside a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden setting, is constructed with various compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.