Why should I use Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services?

What information do I need to give the funeral home for a death certificate?
What cemetery options are available when using Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services?
Can Funeral Arrangements be planned and, if desired, paid for in advance? 
Can I transfer
my pre-paid funeral from another funeral home to Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services?
What if I have cemetery property in another city?
What is the difference between a funeral and memorial service? 
What purpose does a funeral or memorial service serve?
Where can a funeral or memorial service take place
Can I personalize a funeral or memorial service?
As a United States veteran, will the Veterans Administration pay for my funeral expenses? 
Is emb
alming required by law?
Can I still have a visitation and/or funeral service if I wish to be cremated?
Is a vault required at the cemetery? 
Other questio
ns and answer


Why should I use Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services? 

A few reasons are below.  We invite you to call us to explore the Kraft-Sussman difference. 

  • Family owned and operated.  We care for our families, not our stockholders.
  • Highest level of customer satisfaction, based on online user reviews.
  • Arrangement staff don’t work on commission, unlike the norm in the field.
  • On-Staff Funeral Celebrant.
  • On-Site Licensed Therapy Dog.
  • Free in-home, in-hospice, in-hospital arrangements, no need to leave a loved one to come to our office.
  • We honor all prepaid funeral plans.  If you’ve moved or simply changed your plans, we are here to help.
  • We work with all cemeteries.  You are not limited to one corporate chain.

What information do I need to give the funeral home for a death certificate?

When you meet with the funeral home staff, you will need to provide them with the following information:

  •  Legal name of deceased?
  • Current address of Residence (address, city, state, zip)?
  • Race?
  • Hispanic origin?                   If so, which?
  • Date of birth?
  • City, state and country of birth?
  •  Citizen of what country?
  • # of years of education?                     Graduate HS or GED?                          Graduate College?
  • Married/Registered Domestic Partner, Never Married, Widowed or Divorced?
  • Surviving Spouse legal name (Maiden if wife)?
  • Social Security Number?
  • Usual Occupation (not retired)?
  • Kind of Business or Industry?
  • Ever in US Armed Forces?
    • If Yes, which and dates of service?                 
    • Please provide a copy of discharge paper (and marriage certificate, if married) if possible.
  • Father’s full legal name?
  • Mother’s full maiden name?
  • Next of Kin’s full legal nam
  • Next of Kin’s address?
  • Next of Kin’s phone?
  • Next of Kin’s email?
  • Name of cemetery?
  • Location of Cemetery?

What cemetery options are available when using Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services?
Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services works with all cemeteries.  Unlike funeral homes who are connected with a particular cemtery, we go out of our way to help you learn about the options for all cemeteries in the area.  Pricing and location vary greatly in the area.  We will help coordinate purchase of cemtery property and even meet you at the cemetetry to support you during the process.



Yes they can. Many people find that preplanning arrangements gives them peace of mind knowing that their wishes will be carried out and the burden lessened on their family at the time of their death.

Preplanning your funeral consists of meeting with a licensed advance planning specialist of Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services to gather biographical information for a death certificate as well as information you would like to be included in an obituary notice. At this time you have the opportunity to review the options available to you and select the services and items you would like to have for your funeral.

Once these pre-arrangements are made, you may decide to prepay your funeral expenses, to secure the price at today's cost. We use guaranteed insurance instruments to prepay for these arrangements at Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services. Pre-arrangement may be acquired through a single payment or through a payment plan.


Can I transfer my pre-paid funeral from another funeral home to Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services?
Absolutely, you may transfer your pre-arrangement from one funeral home to another funeral home at any time. Many people who enter into a prepaid funeral contract do not fully understand what their transferability rights are. Plans can be transferred either before or after death occurs. Most of the laws in Nevada governing prepaid funeral contracts purchased through a funeral home are designed to protect you, the consumer. Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services accepts all pre-need transfers without any additional cost to you.

A contract can be easily transferred before a death or even after a death occurs. Simply contact Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services and we will be able to assist you. In order to transfer the contract, we need to notify the third party holding the funds and inform them of who the new funeral home will be. We make this process as simple as possible for you, personally handling all documentation and delivering it to your home for signing. In most cases the money never actually moves, only the funeral home designation changes.


What if I have cemetery property in another city?
Many people who live in southern Nevada have already purchased cemetery property in another city. Our staff will work with you and the funeral home and/or cemetery where the deceased will be buried to handle the preparation and shipping arrangements.


What is the difference between a funeral and memorial service? 
A funeral is a service where the body of the deceased is present. The body of the deceased is not present at a memorial service. A memorial service may take place prior to or after burial or cremation, or in another city from where a burial has taken place.


What purpose does a funeral or memorial service serve?
For those who are left behind, a funeral or memorial service provides a place for family and friends to gather for support and reminisce. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one and a chance to say goodbye.


Where can a funeral or memorial service take place?
A service may be held at almost any location the family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. Many people utilize the funeral home or a house of worship. However, with certain limitations, services may also be held in homes, community centers or other places which hold significance to the deceased, family and friends.


Can I personalize a funeral or memorial service?
Yes, and we encourage you to do so. Many people personalize a service by working with our staff to develop a short video which includes a favorite song and photos of the deceased. Some bring in photos or personal objects to display. Others share a favorite snack. Whatever direction you choose, we will work with you to help personalize your service so that is meaningful to you.


As a United States veteran, will the Veterans Administration pay for my funeral expenses? 
Each veteran, discharged other than dishonorably, is entitled to a burial flag and a government grave marker for an unmarked grave. In certain circumstances, a veteran may be eligible for monetary benefits. These may include a burial allowance of $300, a plot allowance of $150 and some transportation expenses. If the death is ruled to be service connected, there may be additional monies available.

Eligible veterans, their spouse and their unmarried minor children may be buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. There is no charge for the plot or for opening and closing of the grave site of a veteran. A $450.00 fee is charged for the burial of a family member. Headstones are provided at no cost by the federal government. Military honors are provided by military units.

Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.


Is embalming required by law?
Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. However, embalming may be necessary if you select certain funeral arrangements such as viewing during visitation. If the body is transported out of the country, some countries require embalming or a special sealed container. If you do not want embalming, you have the right to choose an arrangement where it would not be required.


Can I still have a visitation and/or funeral service if I wish to be cremated?
There are many options available today with regards to cremation. The act of cremation is simply a form of disposition of the body, taking the place of burial. While you may desire a direct cremation with no services, many people are choosing to have visitation and/or a funeral service prior to the cremation. Others choose to have a memorial service after the cremation has been done with the urn present. Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services can help you make this service unique to fit your needs.


Is a vault required at the cemetery? 
Most perpetual care cemeteries in our area do require some form of outer burial container. The word vault is used to describe an outer container that is waterproof by an air seal or by a top seal. Other containers such as a concrete box or metal grave liner are also used. We can help you decide which type of container is right for you.


Other frequent questions and answers may be found by clicking the links

Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Social Security Administration

Veteran's Administration

International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association Consumer Resource Guide

Nevada Living Will Lockbox