Cremation Services
Cremation Services
An affordable alternative to a burial.

DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home
119 Union Ave.
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
732-657-7868     Read Obituaries Pre-Need

Ask the Funeral Director?

We live in Manchester Twp. NJ and when my Aunt died the nursing home called the wrong funeral home and we had to pay for it, Why?

You should not have paid for anything.  No one other then the family of the deceased has the right to authorize someone to be picked up by a funeral home.  The funeral home should have received verbal permisssion from the family first.  If no family was around and the facility does not have means to hold a deceased, then if a funeral home did them a favor, once the actual family chose their funeral home the other one has to release the deceased without charging anything.  Funeral homes are required to receive verbal consent from family etc. in order to charge a fee.

Who licenses funeral homes in New Jersey.

Funeral Homes in NJ are licensed through the Division of Cosumer Affairs, the department  is the Board of Mortuary Science.  Thus, funeral homes hold an establishment license and then the individual licensed funeral director holds a practitioners license.

Will you transport my body for a medical school, RWJMS.?

It has come to our attention that registration’s with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School will no longer be valid as of June 1, 2013. If you still wish to be a donor, you can re-register with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association (RWJMS).  But (RWJMS) does not provide transportation.  Yes, we can provide the removal from the place of death and the transportation to RWJMS with a small fee.  It will be easier for you to set this up with your local funeral home, once you re-register as a donor.

What does Medicaid contribute toward funeral expenses?

For individuals over two years of age, Medicaid will pay the funeral home up to, $2,246.00 and provide up to $524.00 toward the cemetery/crematory expenses.  The family is allowed to contribute an additional $1,570.00.  These amounts change for stillborn and children under two years of age.  The Ocean County Board of Social Services will check all resources available before the allowance is issued.  As with all NJ Counties.

Why have a viewing?

Everyone is different, therefore, everyone grieves differently.  Some people need the visual, one more time.  Also, many times a viewing gives back a peaceful vision of your loved one at rest depending on how the death occurred.  Also, it brings together family and friends which helps support each other through this difficult life changing time.

Where is the crematory in Ocean County?

The crematory in Ocean County is located at a cemetery in the Silverton Section of Toms River, NJ.   The other one that is close is at a cemetery in Neptune.  However, only funeral directors can take deceased to crematories in NJ.

We are in a Civil Union. Do we still need a Funeral Agent for Cremation?

No.  On February 19, 2007, NJ Civil Union Law took effect.  The law states that Civil Union Couples must receive the same benefits and protections as married couples.  Therefore, the law extends the right to control diposition the exact same way of spouses.

All I want is cremation. Why can’t I go directly to the crematory?

 NJ seperates the two industries. The Funeral Home or Cremations service are the same.  The cemetery is a separate industry.  The cemeteries in NJ are only for final placement of deceased remains., either earth burial, above ground mausoleum or the location of a crematory.  The funeal Home, is the license that is needed to file all paperwork, death certificate,, arrange cemeterery choice, etc. and to educate and guide the family through funeral process.  Only licensed funeral director’s can transport deceased remains to cemeteries in NJ for the final mode of disposition.

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