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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked along with answers to them. The search feature will help you to quickly locate the answer to your question. If you can not find information you need, please email us at

What is the purpose of a funeral?

Funerals serve a valuable function by providing a time and place for commemorating and acknowledging the life of an individual who has died.

Funerals also:

  • Confirm and reinforce the reality that a loved one has died.
  • Assist in the expression of grief and feeling of loss
  • Begin the process of reintegrating the bereaved back into the community
  • Convey our values and beliefs regarding the meaning of life.

Funerals may be as unique as the individual whose life they celebrate. Natchez Trace Funeral Home can provide many suggestions and options for ensuring that a funeral for a loved one or for you truly honors and celebrates the life that was led.

A funeral is similar to other ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives. Regardless of the final disposition, whether it is burial or cremation, funerals serve a purpose.

The funeral declares that a death has occurred. It commemorates the life that has been lived, and offers family and friends the opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one. The gathering of family and friends for the visitation and funeral service helps to provide emotional support so needed at this time.

What do funeral directors do?<

The primary role of a funeral director is to assist and serve people experiencing the death of a loved one.

Funeral Directors…

  • Relieve the family of many details
  • Transport the body to the funeral home
  • Responsible for the preparation of the body
  • Serve as the primary organizer and counselor to the survivors of the deceased
  • Obtains information which is needed for the death certificate
  • Place obituary notices in the newspaper
  • Assists and helps fill out claim forms for Social Security survivors’ benefits.
  • Assist and helps fill out claim forms for Veteran survivors benefits.
  • Assist and helps fill out claim forms for life insurance survivors’ benefits.
Take care of transportation on the day of the funeral

What is embalming?
Embalming is the process of sanitizing and chemically treating the body of the deceased. This process retards the decomposition of the body, and restores an acceptable physical appearance./div>

If I choose cremation, can I have a service?
Yes. Many families are realizing that traditional services are available to families that choose cremation. Memorial services without the body present can be offered, as well as having the body present for viewing. For viewing purposes, the body is embalmed and casketed. You have the option of using a rental casket or purchasing a casket suitable for cremation.

What will my funeral cost? <
Each family is different and so is each service. The services and merchandise that you chose will determine your cost. Our funeral director will give you a copy of our General Price List so that you know exactly what our charges are and allow you the opportunity to select the services that best meet your needs./div>/div>

I already have a prearranged funeral with another funeral home. Can I transfer it to Natchez Trace Funeral Home? <
Absolutely. Natchez Trace Funeral Home will accept your current pre arrangement. We will need a copy of your current pre arrangement to confirm the benefits, and you will need to change the beneficiary from your current funeral provider to Natchez Trace Funeral Home. We will be glad to help you with this change.<

Does Natchez Trace Funeral Home service any other cemetery other than Natchez Trace Memorial Park?
Yes. Although we consider our service area to be within a 50 mile radius of our facility, we are able to serve any cemetery within the state of Mississippi./div>/div>

Whose crematory do you use?<
Natchez Trace Funeral Home owns and operates their own private crematorium. Our crematory is on site and operated by Certified Crematory Operators.  Each cremation is done individually and the ashes are collected by raking, sweeping, and vacuuming the retort. We return ALL of the recoverable ashes and we know who's ashes are in the urn. Many funeral homes that provide cremation offer their services to other funeral homes. Our service to you is unique as we do not offer cremation services as a third party provider. Our crematory is reserved only for our client families.<

Do you offer available savings off of your services and merchandise?

Yes we do. Natchez Trace Funeral Home offers the following savings:

$400 off of our customary services charges for services conducted Monday through Friday

$300 automotive savings when services are conducted at NAtchez Trace Funeral Home and interment in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery

$300 off of a casket or urn purchased at Natchez Trace Funeral Home

Your total available savings can be as much as $1,000. (These discounts do not apply to direct, forwarding, receiving, immediate or other to be discounted services)


Does Natchez Trace Funeral Home offer payment options?<

Our at need payment options include cash, check, major credit card (Visa, MAstercard, Discover), a valid and assignable life insurance policy processd through American Funeral Financial, or a pre-arranged funeral contract from any funeral home as long as it meets our current General Price List charges.

Monthly payment options are available for those who choose to pre-arrange their funeral or cremation service.


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