Frequently Asked Questions
Please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-778-7076 with any concerns or questions you may have at anytime. Some of the more common questions we encounter are listed below. Click on a question or topic to proceed.
We spend the winter in Arizona. What should we do in the event of a death while we are away?
One phone call to us as soon as possible following a death is the best option. We can relieve your family of the many details necessary to arrange the services of your choice. A director is on call 24 hours a day to answer any concerns that you may have, and advise you of the choices of plans that are available to you.
I would like to be cremated. My family would like to have a funeral with viewing. Is this possible?
Certainly. We can arrange for a wide variety of services that conclude with cremation as the final disposition. Cremation does not limit your choices, it expands them. Please view the Cremation Services section of our website to learn more.
Where is the crematory? Can we witness the cremation?
Amundson Funeral Home is one of the owners of North Valley Crematory in Grand Forks. We provide a witnessing area for those who wish to conduct a brief committal service prior to the cremation or witness the casket or container actually being placed into the retort.
How do I get a death certificate? How long will it take?
Your funeral director will collect the necessary information needed to file a death certificate in the state where death occurred. Normally certified copies of death certificates are available within 7-10 business days following the funeral arrangement conference, although delays beyond that time frame are not uncommon.
Death certificates can be ordered online directly from the North Dakota Health Department by using the following link: http://www.ndhealth.gov/vital/death.htm
How do I place an obituary in a newspaper?
Your funeral director will assist you in providing obituaries and photographs to the newspapers of your choice. You will also be advised of the charges that will be incurred be each newspaper. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.
Can a funeral be pre-arranged? How about prepayments?
Arrangements can easily be made in advance without any charge to a family. It can be as simple as filling out our online pre-arrangement information form. Click here to access our online form. Families can also make choices as to casket and vault decisions, markers and monuments, etc., by visiting with us in person, or viewing products shown in our online catalog. Because each individual circumstance in unique, we recommend that those who wish to prepay for services contact Mark Amundson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office to visit about the choices currently available. You may also visit the services section of our website for more information.
What does a funeral cost?
That is a question that is difficult to answer without knowing more about the preferences of the family as to services, merchandise and accessory items. Our funeral home can provide a complete total estimate of funeral costs based upon information shared with us by the family. The total cost will vary considerably based upon some of the major items selected such as casket, vault, monument, etc., as there are wide ranges of costs available.
Can I place an order for flowers from the funeral home?
No, we do not offer flowers through the funeral home. We have a link from our home page named FLORISTS. This will provide a list of the local florists and their telephone numbers.
How do I order a permanent marker or monument for the cemetery?
We have a complete display of markers and monuments here at the funeral home. We also have examples of many designs available for viewing in the Markers and Monuments section of our Product Showroom.