Thursday, October 31, 2013

Celebrity Funerals

Funerals are considered a time to remember the life and legacy of a person. Over the centuries there have been many famous funerals. This is a list of some of the most famous:

  • Michael Jackson (1958-2009) - The shocking and unexpected death of The King of Pop left many fans heartbroken. An estimated 1.6 million people entered a lottery to win one of 17,500 tickets to the memorial service that was held at L.A.'s Staple Center. Considered one of the largest celebrity funeral services in history.
  • George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948) – The man of many nicknames is one of the most famous athletes of all time. His funeral gained the attention of about 75,000 fans to Yankee Stadium and another 75,000 to St. Patrick's Cathedral. His pallbearers were a few other famous faces of the era including Joe DiMaggio, heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and New York Governor Thomas Dewey.
  • Princess Diana (1961-1997) – Few deaths stuck the world as shockingly as the death of the Princess of Wales. The tragic and accidental death left the world a gasp. When her funeral took place on Sept 6th 1997, over one million people viewed her coffin as it traveled 4 miles. 2.5 billion people viewed the service on their televisions.
  • Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) – The journalist and author wasn't America's biggest celebrity, but his life was and his funeral was even bigger. The ESPN reporter died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. In a private ceremony Thompson's ashes were fired from a cannon that was placed atop a 153-foot tower. The tower was modeled after his famous Gonzo fist image of a double thumbed hand holding a peyote button. This was Thompson's last wish and it was fulfilled and funded by actor and friend Johnny Depp.

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    • 232 Kipp Ave
    • Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
    • P: 201.343.7900

Friday, October 25, 2013

Day of the Dead

October 31st marks the start of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday for remembering friends and family that have passed away. The celebration takes place on October 31st through November 2nd, following the Christian triduum of All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Saints' Day. The celebration includes building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting the graves with these gifts. They also bring the possessions of the deceased. Similar observances occur in European, Asian and African cultures.
The celebration in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. The rituals celebrated the deaths of ancestors by these civilizations and skulls were often seen as signs of death and rebirth. The service is mostly for the prayer and remembrance of the departed family members. Instead of a time for mourning, this is a celebration of praise for the lives they lived.
Bergen Funeral Services knows and understands how different cultures observe the death of loved ones. Bergen Funeral Services is a full-service, non-denominational funeral home in Queens. We assure the family of the deceased that the service is carried out with the utmost respect and care.

Bergen Funeral Services Inc.
114-30 Rockaway Blvd.
So. Ozone Park, NY 11420
Phone: 718-738-83834

Friday, October 18, 2013

International Funeral Shipping

It can be especially stressful and difficult to deal with funeral arrangements when a loved one passes far from their final resting place. Bergen Funeral Service Inc is a family owned and operated funeral with funeral directors available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to comfort you and help ease you through the tough process. We provide international funeral shipping to anywhere around the world. We are close to three airports and have known shipper status so we can schedule flights quickly.

Many different cultures practice different types of burial ceremonies. Here are some of the more unique types of funerals from around the world:

Viking Burial. One of the most famous funerals was the viking funeral pyre, where warriors were sent out to sea in a burning ship. Although there is no proof that this existed the way we picture, it is likely to have existed to some extent.

Cave Burial. A traditional Hawaiian Island burial consisted of people being tied in the fetal position. Many Hawaiian caves still contain skeletons to this day.

Spirit Offerings. In Thailand and Cambodia, the deceased are placed in spirit houses so that their spirits may watch over the land and their families.

If you would like more information on international funeral shipping, contact Bergen Funeral Service Inc.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
2009 Mermaid Ave
Brooklyn NY 11224

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Funeral Home Brooklyn

If a loved one has passed, it can be stressful and difficult to make funeral arrangements. The funeral directors at Bergen Funeral Service Inc are available around the clock to assist you through these arduous times. They will give you the care and attention that you need to get through everything. We are a family owned and operated funeral home in Brooklyn that has been passed down through three generations. We are a non-denominational funeral home and are familiar with several religions and funeral customs from around the world.

There are different types of funeral services available, including:

Traditional service: This is a funeral service where floral arrangements and pictures are displayed in tribute to the deceased. We also use state-of-the-art audio visual equipment in order to enhance the experience.

Graveside service: This is where family and friends gather around the graveside and a memorial is given before the burial. Those who opt not to have a traditional service may still have a graveside service.

Immediate burial service: This is a simple burial service with no memorial or burial service.

If you would like more information on our Brooklyn funeral home, contact Bergen Funeral Service Inc.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
2009 Mermaid Ave
Brooklyn NY 11224

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Guidelines for Domestic Funeral Shipping

The world is a lot smaller than it once was, and the need for funeral shipping is something that is becoming more and more relevant for families who live far apart. Domestic funeral shipping is a normal part of society these days, but there are still many people with questions about what this service is, what you need to do and what is legally required to ship a deceased loved one across state lines. The experts at Bergen Funeral Service Inc have outlined some important guidelines that can assist you as you learn more about what domestic funeral shipping is.

Get all of your documentation together. Domestic funeral shipping usually requires the death certificate, burial/transit documents, a letter avowing non-contagious disease, embalmers affidavit, and the letter from the first funeral home stating that only human remains are inside the casket. If you come to a funeral home for help with these items, we can also provide assistance with getting this ready.

Find a funeral home in the known-shipper program. Intended to save customers time and money, the known-shipper program is a partnership between the TSA and certain funeral homes who are certified to screen remains off-site of the airport and skip many of the security hold-ups on the day of shipping. Similarly, these funeral homes have relationships with airlines to help get the right flight at the right time.

These are only a few of the ins-and-outs of domestic funeral shipping that can be very useful for anyone who is not sure how to get their loved one home for their final resting place. If you have questions, speak to one of the experts at Bergen Funeral Inc and we will be happy to assist you.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
232 Kipp Ave
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cremation Services

When dealing with the passing of a loved one, it can be difficult to make funeral arrangements in addition to everything else that needs to be done. The funeral directors at Bergen Funeral Service Inc are available 24 hours a day, seven days week, 365 days a year to help comfort and assist you through these troubling times. We are a family owned and operated non-denominational funeral home that has been passed down through three generations and provides several types of cremation services.

Many different religions have different stances on cremation. Here are some of the different traditions involving cremation:

Buddhism requires that bodies be cremated.

Hinduism, like Buddhism, require cremation with a few exceptions. Monks and children under five are all buried.

Christian religion once prohibited cremation, but has changed their stance in the 1960s. Although burial is preferred in Christian dogma, cremation is acceptable. There are however still a few orthodox sects that do not allow cremation.

Judaism strictly prohibits cremation with the exception of select European towns where cemetery space is limited. In said towns, cremation has been approved in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Contact Bergen Funeral Service Inc if you would like more information on cremation services.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
232 Kipp Ave
Hasbrouck Heights NJ 07604

Friday, October 11, 2013

Post Cremation Suggestions

There are more options of what you are able to do when you choose cremation over traditional burial. After a cremation service, your loved ones remains are given to you and your family. From there it is up to your family what you would like to do with the remains.

Here are some suggestions you can do with the cremated remains:

  • Scatter on Land: There are many places that may be special to you and your family. This is an option if you want, but there may be some legal issues depending on where you choose.
  • Scatter at Sea: The only cost of this send-off is having a boat take you three miles off the coast. It is a perfect solution for someone who loved the sea. If this is your choice, make sure to use a biodegradable container (paper, cardboard, etc) because the wind could blow the remains back.
  • Cemetery Burial: If you prefer a more traditional approach, many cemeteries do offer smaller burial sites for cremated remains. These plots can still be costly.
  • Keeping the Urn: Your loved one's remains can be enshrined in an elegant ornate urn set in a special spot. 

When considering cremation, it is important that you deal with a company that knows this service needs to be done with dignity and respect. Bergen Funeral Service INC. has been a premier cremation service in Brooklyn for years, offering our customers nothing but the best.

If you have any questions about any of our cremation services in Brooklyn, do not hesitate to call Bergen Funeral Service INC. today.

Bergen Funeral Service INC.
232 Kipp Ave
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Funeral Shipping Service

When a loved one passes, making funeral arrangements can be difficult. It can be especially difficult if the funeral is in another city. Bergen Funeral Service Inc’s funeral directors can help to comfort you and get through these difficult times. We are known shippers which permits us to schedule flights with local airlines. Because of this we provide funeral shipping services that can ship immediately so that funeral services will not have to be delayed.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc is a non-denominational funeral home and or funeral directors are familiar with the customs of several religions and cultures from around the world. Here are some different types of funeral services:

Christian. These are conducted by a minister either at a Church or funeral home. The deceased is carried out by pallbearers, and both burial and cremation are accepted.

Jewish. The deceased is never cremated in Judaism. The deceased is buried in a white shroud. Afterwards, the mourners sit Shiva for seven days.

Hindu. The deceased are bathed and dressed in white. After prayers, the body is burned to release the spirit.

Muslim. A Muslim must be buried within 24 hours of dying. Prayers are usually said at the grave prior to burial.

Our funeral directors will make sure that your loved one gets the detail and respect that they deserve. Contact Bergen Funeral Service Inc if you would like more information on any of our funeral shipping services.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
232 Kipp Ave
Hasbrouck Heights NJ 07604

Friday, October 4, 2013

International Funeral Shipping Tips

Bergen Funeral Service Inc provides reliable, convenient, timely and efficient international funeral shipping to anywhere you need to go to bring a loved one to where they belong. The adage goes: “home is where the heart is,” and we understand that sometimes the people we love pass away far from home. There are several things you need to know about international funeral shipping, and Bergen Funeral Service Inc is a leading in the industry with many years of experience and thousands of happy customers around the world.
  • Always look for a “known shipper” – these funeral homes are certified by the TSA to perform screenings and security measures on their facilities, bypassing a long wait and a hectic flight process. Known shippers such as Bergen Funeral Service Inc have relationships with airlines and airports in order to make the wait as short as possible.
  • Make sure you have the proper paperwork – international permits, consulate approval, death certificates and other documentation is always necessary during this process, so by having everything organized and ready to go will make this process easier and smoother for you.
  • Get a quote first – while some companies will try to exploit your need for transportation into a larger profit, Bergen Funeral Service Inc will give you the affordable price before any international shipping service, ensuring that the procedure is taken on with trust and sincerity.

For more information about international funeral shipping, contact the experts at Bergen Funeral Service Inc today by calling 1-800-262-7901.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Funeral Home in Queens

When a loved one passes, it is always difficult to plan for arrangements in addition to everything else. Bergen Funeral Service Inc is a family owned and operated funeral home in Queens that has been passed down  through three generations. Our funeral directors can personally give the personal care and attention to detail that you need. We will provide your loved one with the service that they deserve.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc is a non-denominational funeral home in Queens. Our funeral directors are very familiar with different religions and customs from around the world. There are many different funeral services that we provide, including:

  • Burial services
  • Cremation services
  • Traditional services
  • Graveside services
  • Immediate burial services

Bergen Funeral Service Inc also provides both domestic and international shipping. We are known shippers which allows us to schedule flights with the airlines. This enables us to make sure everything moves along quickly and that services can happen in a timely manner.

Our funeral directors are available around the clock, 365 days a year. If you would like more information on our Queens funeral home, call Bergen Funeral Service Inc at 1-800-262-7901 for immediate assistance.

Bergen Funeral Service Inc
114-30 Rockaway Blvd
South Ozone Park , NY 11420