Rabenhorst has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you better understand the importance of preplanning your final wishes, what happens during the arrangement process, and how you can save you and your loved ones a great deal of money.

If you do not see your question below, please call. Our staff is always available to help.

Funerals play a crucial role in the grieving process. It is your chance to honor the life that was lived. When a death occurs, nothing is more beneficial than the comfort of family and friends. Funerals create a caring, supportive atmosphere in which to share memories, thoughts, and feelings. Funerals are the first step in healing.

Yes. Families choosing cremation are offered various funeral options from traditional services with visitation to more modest memorial services. Personalize a cremation service for yourself or a loved one. For more information about memorialization with cremation, visit our Cremation Options section.

A funeral can be as extravagant or as simple as you like. The choices are up to you and your loved ones.
Also planning ahead can help control costs. Making decisions in advance helps you to avoid overspending during an emotional time. Preplanning also provides a chance to pre-fund with life insurance. Contact our funeral directors, pre-need counselors or insurance agents for more information on pre-arranging a funeral.

Preplanning your final wishes offers peace of mind.
Family members will take comfort knowing that the funeral reflects your wishes. Do not leave the emotional and financial burden on your loved ones during an already difficult time. Making decisions now gives you time to make the best selections for your needs and budget.
Call Rabenhorst today and make your preferences known. Our professionals can inform you of the many options available.

Prefunding is an option many individuals find beneficial, but it is by no means required. Complete the pre-arrangement form to make your wishes known and take the first step towards peace of mind. You will not be under any financial obligation.

Rabenhorst Funeral Homes maintains a permanent record of pre-arrangement files that can be accessed by our staff and are available for your review at any time.

Mourners often feel helpless, however, there are steps and actions to make the grieving process flow more smoothly and work towards closure.
Join a support group. Speaking with others who are empathic can be therapeutic.
Take care of your health. Eat balanced, nutritious meals. Get rest and exercise regularly.
Seek out supportive people: relatives, friends, neighbors, or spiritual leaders who will listen without judgment and offer comfort as you cope with loss.
Express yourself. Feelings expressed are often feelings diminished. Rabenhorst sponsors The Adult Bereavement Program, which is held at the Grief Recovery Center. Email them at [email protected] or call (225) 924-6621. The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center sponsors suicide survivor groups for family members of victims of suicide. For more information, visit http://www.grcbr.org/Pages/default.aspx or call Margo Abadie at (225) 924-1431.
Lastly, if your bereavement is overwhelming, find a counselor or therapist trained in grief issues to offer you guidance.

Grief is a process. As much as you want to remove the pain from a friend who’s experienced loss, it’s impossible.  Simply offer support and comfort. Don’t worry about saying the right thing. Be receptive to their needs and offer assistance when possible.

Yes, it is healthy for children to learn how to express their feelings. If a child witnesses influential adults in their life openly grieving, then they too will be able to express their feelings of loss and sadness. Sharing emotions is an essential part of the healing process.

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