Schrader-Howell Funeral Home provides a full range of mortuary services, facilities and merchandise. Unlike providers who only supply merchandise or only provide facilities or only advise, and only do so during regular business hours, Schrader-Howell Funeral Home maintains its readiness to serve around the clock and around the calendar.
Whether we are needed at three in the morning or three in the afternoon, weekdays, holidays, weekends, year round, your call for assistance will always be answered.
From the simplest burial and cremation services to complete traditional and non-traditional funerals; from memorial services, graveside services, scattering of ashes to anniversary observances and remembrance services, Schrader-Howell Funeral Home can assist families with any and all of their funeral and commemorative decisions.
Likewise, from pre-planning, pre-funding to at-need services and aftercare resources, Schrader-Howell Funeral Home provides information, education, good-counsel and professional services to its clients' families before a death occurs, when a death occurs, and after a death has taken place. We feel that the best decisions are the most informed decisions, so all funeral arrangements are made by open, honest discussion with families about costs, fees and finances, as well as their concerns about the meaning and value of the funeral.
A full range of funeral and mortuary products are available through our offices. Caskets, cremation caskets, burial vaults, urns, monuments, markers, keepsakes and commemorative jewelry along with a variety of printed, audio and video memorials are available in all price ranges. Schrader-Howell Funeral Home believes that all decisions related to the expense of funeral services and the choices of funeral merchandise belong to the families we serve. None of our directors or staff works on commission or quotas or bonuses. No discussion of funeral arrangements will take place without fully itemized price information and price disclosures. This is in keeping with good consumer protection, good business policy, and the spirit and the letter of federal regulations.
After more than six decades of service, we have found that what is good for the consumer is good for our firm. We guard our reputation accordingly.
Complete Funeral Arrangement ending in burial, cremation or entombment
Our Complete Funeral Arrangements would provide an opportunity for the family and the community to gather at the funeral home for one or two days prior to a formal funeral service at the funeral home or church. This allows for the sharing of memories and stories among family and friends, and also allows for other religious and or fraternal services and vigils to take place. The day following the visitation, a funeral service would take place at the funeral home or church, and then a formal funeral procession would follow to the cemetery for committal services prior to burial, entombment or cremation.
Limited Funeral Arrangements ending in burial, cremation or entombment
Our Limited Funeral Arrangements would provide an opportunity for the family and the community to gather at the funeral home or church the same day as a formal funeral service, thus allowing for a condensed version of the Complete Funeral Service. This allows for the sharing of memories and stories among family and friends over several hours rather than several days. After the visitation, a funeral service would take place at the funeral home or church, and then a formal funeral procession would follow to the cemetery for committal services prior to burial, entombment or cremation.
Green Funeral arrangements prohibit formaldehyde-based embalming, the use of metal or concrete grave liners, burial vaults, or other permanent burial containers. Caskets or other containers, when used to enclose and transport the dead, are made of biodegradable materials. Public visitation, be it at the family home or funeral home, church funerals and graveside services may be arranged without embalming within the time frame that the laws of the State of Michigan allows, otherwise non-formaldehyde based embalming will be utilized to conform to the laws of the State of Michigan and the time frame that green burial allows. Schrader-Howell Funeral Home is proud to offer several green funeral options and is a funeral provider approved by the Green Burial Council: “an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas.” As always, detailed price information for each component of services and merchandise is itemized and explained to you, our client.
While burial is the most common form of disposition when people are considering “Green Funeral” arrangements, it is our belief that the methods utilized for Green Burial can also be utilized for other forms of disposition such as entombment and cremation. For those choosing Green Disposition, Schrader-Howell Funeral Directors will make every effort to conform to Green Burial standards for families choosing Green Disposition in traditionally “non-green” cemeteries in order to accommodate burial in existing family plots with family members.
Home Wakes and Funerals
Prior to the existence of funeral homes, most wakes and funerals, along with other important family events such as weddings, births and baptisms, took place in the family home. Today, with the assistance of hospice, many people are brought home do die in the care of their family and friends. As hospice assists the family in providing that important end of life care, Schrader-Howell Funeral Directors is able to assist families in the preparation of the deceased, providing merchandise and equipment, and helping to arrange logistics and transportation for a funeral service and final disposition. In addition, Schrader-Howell Funeral Directors will arrange for all of the legal forms and permits necessary, thus allowing the family to continue the care of the deceased.
Immediate Disposition ending in burial, cremation or entombment
For those wishing to forgo any formal visitation or funeral services prior to disposition, Schrader-Howell Funeral Directors will arrange for all of the necessary legal paperwork and transportation of the deceased to the final place of disposition in a timely manner that will also allow the family to witness and participate if they desire. We can also assist in arranging for future memorial and graveside services and or disposition of cremated remains.