Core Values

Indiana Memorial possesses dependable core values that deliver great satisfaction when a loved one passes away.

core-values

Our mission as a full funeral and cremation service provider is your peace of mind and confidence in knowing you receive the best attention and care. These core values are demonstrated by:

Offering the Lowest Costs – Families receive the best prices, exceptional value, and freedom to personalize their choices.

Giving Compassionate Care – Families experience compassion with dignity and respect for our culture’s diversity of life regardless of how simplistic or detailed the services.

Maintaining Dedicated Relationships – Our staff instills personal confidence and long lasting trust through integrity and consistent superior service.

Honoring Military Veterans – Our Burial Benefits specialist (USMC Veteran) identifies eligibility, and obtains benefits for war and peacetime veterans.

Guaranteeing Future Protections – Pre-planning one’s cremation or burial arrangements provides lifetime price protection and relief for those left behind. The Guaranteed Travel Protection Assurance plan benefits you should the unexpected happen and your mortal remains are 100 miles or more from your place of residence.

Contact Rick Baum, USMC Veteran, at Indiana Memorial for information about Veteran benefits and pre-planning at (317) 515-4844 or visit us online at IndianaMemorial.com.

Benefits of Exercise in Coping with Grief

It takes you outside of your head. If you look around you, at the natural setting, or the others in the gym, you see something bigger than you and your individual pain.

It can restore a sense of control. Grief is a mystery; it moves at its own pace and it can be hard to see progress. However, exercise can give you a sense of mastery and confidence.

There are physical benefits. Exercise releases endorphins which can increase your sense of well-being.

It is perfect for the “instrumental” griever. Instrumental grievers are “head-oriented” and don’t want to talk about their feelings. They are more “task-oriented” in their grief process. They want something to do.

It is perfect for the “intuitive” griever. Intuitive grievers are more “heart-oriented.” For them, exercise can provide a way to connect with others and have a sense of community.

A memorial exercise activity has additional benefits. By running or walking in memory of a loved one, you are creating a positive legacy. You are also connecting to the community, which can reduce feelings of isolation so often felt in grief.

Burial vs. Cremation

The rate of cremation has surpassed that of burial in 2015 according to a report released today by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The 2016 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report: Research, Statistics and Projections features statistics and in-depth analysis of consumer attitudes toward cremation. NFDA is the world’s leading and largest association representing funeral professionals.

According to the 2015 data in the report, the rate of cremation is projected to be 48.5 percent and the rate of burial is projected to be 45.4 percent.

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“Funeral professionals have been serving families that prefer cremation for years,” said NFDA President Bob Arrington, CCO. “To us and the families we serve, cremation isn’t just a ‘trend.’ Whether a family chooses cremation or burial, funeral directors want to help families understand the many options they have to commemorate the life of their loved one. And, whether that family prefers a funeral, memorial service, a celebration of life or some other life tribute, funeral directors will be there to offer support and guidance to make their loved one’s service a meaningful and healing experience.”

He continued, “The 2016 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report will help our members understand consumer needs preferences so we can better support the families we serve.”

In addition to statistical information for the United States and countries around the world for which reliable data is available, the 2016 NFDA Cremation and Burial Report also contains data about consumer perceptions of end-of-life ceremonies and cremation.

There are many reasons why consumers choose cremation, including cost considerations, environmental concerns, fewer religious prohibitions and changing consumer preferences.

Many families who choose cremation also commemorate their loved one’s life. More than one-third (36.6 percent) associate cremation with a memorial service and 10.4 percent associate cremation with a viewing and funeral. Only 7.4 percent do not associate cremation with any kind of service at all.

New in the report this year is cremation and burial data for Canada. For 2015, the rate of cremation is 65.5 percent and that of burial is 33.2 percent. The rate of cremation is expected to grow to 89.4 percent by 2035.

http://connectingdirectors.com/articles/48504-2016-nfda-cremation-and-burial-report-released-rate-of-cremation-surpasses-that-of-burial-in-2015

Do you know?

Do you know the burial wishes of those closest to you? Do they know yours? As we get older we often start thinking about how our death will affect our loved ones. Losing someone close to you is always traumatic, but we can help our loved ones during that difficult time by being prepared and preplanning as much as possible. This relieves them of the stress of last-minute scrambling or trying to guess how you would like your life memorialized.

Preplanning puts you in charge. It guarantees, before you die, that you will have the funeral—or no funeral, the burial or cremation you want. Think of it in the same manner as you did when you planned your wedding, your vacations, and your children. It is a major life event for you and your loved ones. And, if done properly, it can be one of the most meaningful gestures you make for those left behind. What better way to give the gift of love and to give you peace of mind at the same time.

Pre-purchasing saves your loved ones from being forced into making fast decisions and spending thousands of dollars without the normal, coherent thought process a person typically makes when spending that amount of money. Your family will be under stress and in a state of shock. They may not even be fully aware of what is being discussed while making your funeral and cemetery arrangements. Pre-purchasing ensures that you spend the amount of money you want to spend and saves your family from impulse spending to get the services they think you would want.

You may also want to consider having your monument or memorial installed while you are still able to enjoy it. It can stand as a tribute to you and your family – your ancestors, your descendants, and your loved ones.

Gift of Love

The caring staff at Indiana Memorial can walk you through all of these decisions and help you give your family the Gift of Love.

If you are considering preplanning your funeral or burial, please give us a call at (317) 637-5333 and ask for one of our preplanning specialists.

Planning Ahead

At some time in our lives, most of us will make or assist in making funeral arrangements. This will not be an easy time, but we are here to assist you and your family in any way we can. Today’s funeral director offers a variety of options to meet your financial needs and wishes. Families should discuss all options with their funeral director when making arrangements.

  • Be an informed consumer. Don’t be reluctant to ask questions.
  • Today’s funeral director offers a variety of options to meet your financial needs and wishes. Families should discuss all options with their funeral director when making arrangements.
  • When selecting a funeral director, choose one who is licensed and has a good reputation in the community. Give thought to this decision as you would when choosing a doctor, attorney or other professional.
  • Be prepared! Avoid the burden of making decision while under emotional stress by organizing details with your funeral director ahead of time. Remember … preplanning doesn’t necessarily mean prepaying.
  • Plan a personal and meaningful ceremony or service to help you begin the healing process. Getting through grief is never easy but having a meaningful funeral will help.

Contact Indiana Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services at (317) 637-5333 and we will provide you information on making meaningful arrangements.

Identity Theft

Identity theft has become a major problem in our society. Often these criminals prey on
people, like you, who are going through periods of emotional stress and dealing with the
necessary business transactions that a death presents. The following are some thoughts on how to protect yourself from being victimized.

1. As a result of a death, you will be required to follow up on several business issues (i.e.
banking, life insurance, credit cards, etc.) that requires the processing of documents
with your personal information (date of birth, social security number, address, etc.).
Be careful in the completion of these documents and make sure that any requested
information is necessary and that it is being processed and filed with your privacy and
protection in mind.

2. If someone contacts you with a request for your personal information, determine that
they are a legitimate business and someone you have an obligation to respond to.
Verify them before you release any personal information. Record whom you are
speaking to, the business they represent, their phone number and the reason they are
contacting you. If you are still not comfortable, tell them you will have to call them
back and seek counsel from a family member or attorney.

3. Never give any information to anyone who pressures you in any way. Examples are:
Promotions that you have to take advantage of `right now’ or callers who ask for any
personal information to `update your file’.

4. Purchase a cross-cut paper shredder and shred all documents that contain any of your
personal information- never throw these papers away intact.

5. When you are not sure, follow your instincts.

Indiana Memorial cares about your safety.  For more detailed information on how to further protect yourself, contact your local police department.

Benefits of Exercise in Coping with Grief

It takes you outside of your head. If you look around you, at the natural setting, or the others in the gym, you see something bigger than you and your individual pain.

It can restore a sense of control. Grief is a mystery; it moves at its own pace and it can be hard to see progress. However, exercise can give you a sense of mastery and confidence.

There are physical benefits. Exercise releases endorphins which can increase your sense of well-being.

It is perfect for the “instrumental” griever. Instrumental grievers are “head-oriented” and don’t want to talk about their feelings. They are more “task-oriented” in their grief process. They want something to do.

It is perfect for the “intuitive” griever. Intuitive grievers are more “heart-oriented.” For them, exercise can provide a way to connect with others and have a sense of community.

A memorial exercise activity has additional benefits. By running or walking in memory of a loved one, you are creating a positive legacy. You are also connecting to the community, which can reduce feelings of isolation so often felt in grief.

Indiana Memorial can help find resources to help you cope with grief.  Call us at (317) 637-5333 or visit our website.