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HF Thon Funeral Home

Funeral and Cremation Services

Dear Valued Families and Customers,

A timely letter of concern for those who reach out to us in the loss of one they love or just to gain knowledge of the many different services we offer.  We feel it is necessary to include the various prices of services and merchandise in an effort to acknowledge that many are facing economic hardships in our community.  We also want to inform them that a funeral can be of value as well as providing a chance to come together to honor a life that has been lived.  Our new pricing structure and various service packages demonstrate that we are concerned that every family should have an opportunity to fulfill their idea of what a funeral should be at an affordable price.  The H.F. Thon Funeral Home has been doing business in the Downriver community since 1923 and under the Donald Burd family since 1963.  Certainly, a long history of caring for those in their loss with sensitivity and dignity.  If we can answer any of your questions about pricing for an at-need situation or pre-planning for the future, please give us a call.

Linda Burd-Berman
Manager

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Arrangements
At the H.F. Thon Funeral Home you can use our funeral home facilities or you can choose your church for the place of the service.  The service can be held in our beautiful traditional chapel at the south end of the building, or you can pick the more contemporary "Wabeek" chapel at the north end.

Any of these funeral service options can be followed by a cemetery burial or by cremation. These are referred to as "methods of disposition" and are merely choices that are made following the funeral service.

Our funeral directors can advise you in selecting a casket that is appropriate for burial or cremation and also fits your budget. We can also tailor a package of services to fit your individual needs, if you desire something different from what has been described.

When families have selected a burial as their method of disposition we can help you to coordinate the necessary services with your cemetery. Many cemeteries in our area require the use of a burial vault or outer container to support the casket. We have many models to show you in a wide variety of prices depending on what you feel is appropriate.

Services Cremations
If you have selected cremation as your method of disposition, we can discuss the options that are available. You may choose to have the cremation following a period of visitation and/or funeral service or we offer Direct Cremation where there is no service or viewing before the cremation. If the cremains are to remain in your home or will be buried at a cemetery or placed in a cemetery niche, we can provide a cremation urn. They come in a wide variety of different materials and finishes.  Bronze, ceramic and wooden urns are very popular. 

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Memorial Services
A memorial is a service to honor the deceased that is held without the body being present. This usually means that the service follows either a burial or cremation. It can be held in a church as memorial service or mass, or in our funeral home. A photograph or an urn containing the cremated remains may represent the deceased.

When the memorial service is held at the funeral home again, you have the choice of the traditional funeral chapel or the contemporary chapels in the new part of the building. We would be glad to help arrange this type of service in a way that suits the needs of your family and friends.

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Markers
We also offer granite and bronze grave markers and monuments and can provide you with each cemetery's guidelines so that you can make an informed decision about your memorial. There is never a cost or obligation to have us provide you with a price quotation.

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ddfFunerals Arranged in Advance
We would be happy to talk with you about arranging your own funeral service or a family member's service in advance. We can provide insurance and trust accounts that guarantee that the cost to your family will not increase for your lifetime. Many of our clients now feel that planning their funeral in advance can provide a loving gift to their survivors.

We also find that many clients now contact us ahead of time when a death is imminent. Decisions about the services can be decided on at a less emotional time. This also allows more family members to help in the decision process. We are happy to meet with you to discuss an arrangement prior to death and only ask that you call ahead for an appointment. This way you can be sure that one of our funeral directors is expecting you and will give you undivided attention.

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Insurance Claims
Our business offices can be helpful to you in applying for insurance benefits to either be applied to your funeral bill or sent directly to the beneficiary. We have the claim forms available for the most popular insurance companies. At times, we can obtain the forms of other companies almost immediately by fax machine. If we can save you some time or make the task easier for you, we are glad to be able to serve you.

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State Emergency Relief (SER) Program
We are proud to help needy families that require the assistance of the Michigan  SER Program to provide funds for funeral services. Depending on your situation, we can provide the funeral at a low cost to the family. The agency does allow you to supplement with your own funds to provide additional services and merchandise. We keep up to date on the present government regulations. We have not and never will refuse to deal with a family based solely on their financial situation. We guarantee that a fair solution can be agreed upon so that you can pay respects to your loved one in the manner that satisfies your family's needs without embarrassment.

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Veterans ServicesVeterans & Social Security Benefits
We want to help you in obtaining any state or Federal government benefits that your family members may be entitled to because of employment or military service. We maintain up to date information on applications and location of the offices.

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Aftercare
At the H.F. Thon Funeral Home, our service does not end when the funeral is over. We would like to help you in the all-important process of grieving so that you can once again find peace and happiness. We maintain an array of books that might be of benefit that we are glad to loan. We also have available a large quantity of pamphlets that will address some of the things that you are experiencing and offer helpful suggestions. These are always free for the asking. We can provide you with an up to date list of support groups that are meeting in our area, some specific to the loss that you are dealing with. Please, don't be afraid to ask for our help..

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Payment
It has been our tradition to work with the families we serve, therefore, we allow three different options for payment to help fit your individual needs. A more detailed explanation of our payment policy is available. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or assignment of a life insurance policy. The funeral director will inform you in a professional way on the exact total of your arrangements. He or she will also discuss with you when payment is due. Most cemeteries now require that you pay their interment fees on the day of the burial or before, we can also assist you with this.

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A Word About Cost & Your Finances
First and foremost, we want to be respectful of your wishes and providing funeral or cremation services and merchandise within your budget. It is your decision to decide how much or how little you want to spend. We want our clients to feel that we appreciate their business whether they have selected a traditional funeral or one that is modified to fit their taste or financial circumstances. Our prices are based on services rendered by our professional staff and the use of our spacious and beautiful facilities. We are also willing to make any special considerations to those who are unable to fit into one of the plans described in this page. Our goal is to earn your trust and confidence and our greatest asset is a satisfied client.

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