"OBITUARIES" FOR LOVED ONES AND THEIR "GUEST BOOK" ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LAST SECTION OR TAB ON THE LEFT FOR OLDER OBITUARIES SELECT THE "VIEW ALL"
Jim & Carole Bowdre, owners
Myrtle Beach Funeral Home and Crematory, a more affordable burial and shipping service provider, and is one of the leading cremation service providers in our area. A Families checklist of what to do, or things to consider, before a loved one dies, or, what is the next step to take when dealing with the death of a loved one that has just passed, is provided on this website. (2nd listing down) It covers most situations, so some paragraphs will not apply to you, in your particular situation.
We are housed in a 7,000 square foot "full service" facility, with our crematory, larger chapel for conducting funeral and visitation services, smaller chapel for services of 25 or less, eat-in dining area, morgue-embalming facilities and products room for urns and caskets, are all located on the same grounds as our funeral home. We have the only built-in crematory in our area, that's located inside the interior portion of our funeral home, adjacent to our chapel. We are a stand alone facility, located on Hwy. 17 Bypass, at the "Back Gate" entrance into "Market Common" and directly across the highway from "TV 13" and "McDonalds."
The link below were unsolicited remarks made by recent families we served.
We are available (7) days a week for services and appointments. Please call ahead (843.293-4505, or toll-free 877.679-4505) for appointments.
Biggest Misconception About Crematories: Most families assume all funeral homes have crematories on their property, so their loved one's remains will not be taken someplace else to perform the cremation, possibly at a business that the family may not be familiar with. Less than 10% of all FH's actually have a crematory on their property. We are the only fairer priced cremation service provider in our area, that actually owns an on-site crematory located in the interior portion of our funeral home, in a comfortable living room setting, adjacent to our chapel. (See Images Here)
This advantage allows us to present our cremation services in a more respectful and dignified manner during the cremation process of a loved one, and also aids in eliminating the possibility of misidentifying or misplacing a loved one's remains. Families can observe the process in this much more respectful setting, if they choose to, with many having already done so. We are not embarrassed, but are proud to show the public our cremation facilities on our website, being the only low cost-fairer priced funeral home in our state that actually does.
Some families find comfort and peace of mind, in knowing their loved one is being treated with the utmost honor and respect throughout the entire cremation process, once they visit our crematory or see images of it on our website.
Click on the BLUE WORDING located in some paragraphs, to go directly to that section on our website. This will save some time, without having to look through the sections listed on the left. After reviewing any section, please click on the "reverse arrow" (top left) to return to this "Home" page.
$695 12-Step Complete Cremation: For families wanting more services, care and attention than what the Federal Government mandates for a Direct Cremation, then visit this section to view what is available in this Option. A break down is explained in the 12-Step Shorter Version and a much more in depth explanation of government benefits and what to be aware of, is explained in the 12-Step Longer Explanation Sections on the left.
Urns, Jewelry, Keepsakes and other cremation memorial products can be viewed at this LINK. After reviewing, please click the "reverse arrow" (top left) to return to this "Home" page.
Direct Cremation or Direct Burial Option Explained: Federal Law requires all funeral homes to price a basic, no services cremation, that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in their Funeral Service Rule, calls a "Direct Cremation." The only charge that the FTC requires funeral homes to itemize, and not to include in the package price for a direct cremation service, is the selling price of the minimum container to hold the loved one for the cremation itself. The minimum container is also required to meet FTC guidelines. As is with most funeral homes, the container we use, does. The FTC wanted families to be able to bring into the FH, their own containers, and not be forced to purchase any merchandise at the funeral home. Also, no cash advances are mandated by the Federal Government for this service, such as, any obituaries, death certificates, register books, prayer cards, viewing of remains, any gatherings or memorial services, etc. That is why the U.S. Government names this service a "Direct Cremation" and they also require funeral homes to do the same thing for a burial, which the FTC calls a "Direct Burial."
$550 Direct Cremation SECTION: Families who desire cremation with no viewing or services and who want very limited contact with a funeral home or help from a funeral director, should visit this area of our website. Other than donating a loved one's body to science, it is the least expensive or cheapest method of disposition, and is mandated by the Federal Government through the Federal Trade Commission.
$600 Viewing Option SECTION. Families who desire the lease expensive viewing service with a cremation should visit this area.
Forms Needed for all Services SECTION: Families, agents or legal representatives, can print-off and complete the forms required for: (1.) Authorizing a Cremation; (2.) Starting the Death Certificate process for either a burial or a cremation service; or (3.) have some Guidelines or Suggestions to follow when Writing an Obituary. (4.) Print a Funeral Planning Guide (5.) Print the Birth/Death Certificate Order Form. (6.) Print a generic cremation authorization that can be used at any funeral home. Other forms or guidelines listed, deal with Common Law Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Power-Of-Attorney and Living Will Forms. The 1st two forms are the only ones required by law for a cremation at our funeral home, and can be either faxed or scanned and e-mailed back to us. (please scan documents or forms, as a PDF file and photos as a JPEG file) If doing a prearrangement, the forms can be mailed, or if local, dropped-off at the FH. We can also, pick them up locally, or complete the forms in the home, if requested. Please do not scan and e-mail a loved one's obit, it needs to be typed into the e-mail itself, or sent as an attached "WORD" document and forwarded to our funeral home at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please call to make sure we received any e-mailed information.) Families purchasing the 12-Step Package that do not have access to a computer, but want to publish an obit for a loved one, can simply bring us the information and we will make sure it gets taken care of.
Placing Newspaper Obituaries: Please REVIEW this section before starting a loved one's obituary, in order to learn how costly obits are, especially important if using the Sun News. Learn what procedures to follow when placing obits in newspapers. A huge misconception exist in the marketplace about obituaries, they are "NOT FREE" and haven't been for years. When corporate chains take over an industry, prices usually rise dramatically and nothing is free, and that's what has happened to the daily newspaper industry, due also in part, to folks now relying on the internet and cable TV to receive most of their news and not the printed word.
Because of pranks or jokes perpetrated by some kids in placing false obits, most newspapers, because of fear of being sued, will only accept obits from funeral homes. In response to some newspapers that over charge for obits, some families place a short obit in newspapers directing family and friends to the much longer and complete obit on our funeral home website. This could save the family several hundred dollars and is a free service with the 12-Step Cremation Option. Families simply end an obit with, Guest Book available at MyrtleBeachFuneralHome.com
In the "When There is No Family" or responsible family, READ what caregivers, nurses, friends, neighbors and responsible government agencies should be aware of, but in most cases, are not.
Cemetery Guidelines: Veteran or Civilian: See what OPTIONS you need to consider when calling and dealing with any private, corporate or government owned cemetery.
Importance of Offering Refrigeration: We have multiple refrigerated morgue facilities, larger than any of the medical centers in our area. This advantage allows us to offer viewing of loved ones remains in the event of an autopsy or if family members live out of state and can't arrive in a timely manner. This advantage also allows families to have closure, because research shows the human mind struggles with accepting the death of a loved one, until they can see for themselves that death has occurred. This option is offered in the 12-Step Cremation Plan at no additional charge.
We are LOCATED in the heart of the "Grand Strand" just South of the Myrtle Beach Airport landing airfield and the "Back Gate" or Farrow Parkway (road that leads to "Market Common") directly across from TV 13 and McDonald's on the ocean side of U.S. "17 Bypass South" and NOT "17 Business" or "Kings Hwy." With the new road in front of our FH now completed, you can now turn into Farrow Parkway, (Back Gate entrance) drive 20-30 yards and take the 1st right, (brick sign reads, ALEXAN - Withers Preserve) we are the 1st building on the left, facing TV 13. (see the "Directions" tab on the left) We are always available 24-7, to answer questions, or to help families in their time of need. Please call ahead when setting an appointment. (Local No. 293-4505; Toll Free No. 1-877-679-4505)
Coping With Grief Of Any Kind: In this SECTION learn how to cope with the death of a loved one (spouse, parents, children, close friend, etc.) and what to say in any type of situation when a loved one has passed away, or a family member of a friend or co-worker has passed. Learn what to say and how to help children and teenagers cope with the death of a loved one.
$2,995 Full Traditional Burial Service SECTION: Includes a metal casket, available in a choice of five colors, services of FD and Staff, local removal to our FH, embalming, viewing or visitation service, eat-in dining area, funeral chapel ceremony or gathering service, "Memorial Tributes" video displayed on our widescreen TV's, on-line "Guest Book," and hearse service to the cemetery, for a total funeral home package price of $2,995, with "Green Burials" for $2,395. Families can also pick and choose different services offered in the $2,995 package price and have a traditional burial for even less.
Average Total Cost For a Burial: If you are interested in knowing what the "average" cost or charges are for a "Traditional Burial" from the Grave Plot, Grave Opening Charges, Monument Cost, Mausoleum Cost, plus all the services and merchandise from the typical MB area funeral home, all totaled together or, in other words, the total cost for everything, then read the SECTION entitled, "Traditional Burial Package, $2,995" on this website.
Parking Facilities: We have ample parking for visitations or other services by utilizing our recently expanded parking lot, as well as permission to use "The Father's House Church" parking next door, just a few feet away and allows us to offer more parking facilities than any funeral home in Horry or Georgetown County.
Our FH Facility: (VIEW FACILITIES) We offer one of the area's newest on-site, computer operated crematories, that's not decades old like others. Because of this improved technology, we are able to place our crematory in the interior portion of our funeral home next to our chapel. We provide a comfortable dedicated 115 seat chapel, with which we offer "celebration of life, memorial or funeral ceremonies" for cremation or burial services. On the very rare occasion, when over-flow chapel services occur, we have two closed circuit T.V. rooms available, which then allows us to accommodate over 185 attendees comfortably for a service. We are the only fairer priced provider in our area with an eat-in dining room, with kitchen, for families and friends to use at no charge, during visitations. Friends preparing the dining area for a reception that's to follow the funeral or memorial service, can actually view and hear services on our closed circuit T.V. while they are working.
Memorial Tributes Video: For families bringing photos of their loved one, to show as a video memorial, we can scan up to 40 pictures, at no charge, to be presented as a "Life Tribute" video during the visitation or funeral services held at our FH for either a cremation or a burial service. We would need the maximum 40 pictured, (2-3) days before scheduled services, or families can bring to us, any number of already scanned JPEG images they want to use and we can show them as a video memorial during services as well. We also provide "catering services" for after-service gatherings held at the funeral home.
Music Selections: Our "state of the art" music room is internet driven through an i-Pad, using iTunes and can play most any song and artist selected by the family, thereby, helping to create a more meaningful "life celebration in music" in the loved one's memory. Usually 2 to 4 songs are selected by the family to be played during a chapel service, please let us know the song and artist selections the day before the service.
We are the only funeral home in the area with a "Baby Grand" piano for live music selections in our main chapel and an upright piano in our smaller services room. A viewing of the loved one, plus a cremation with a celebration of life service, combined with use of facilities for a visitation service or gathering of family and friends is $995. This service also includes the memorial tributes video. This price is approximately $3,000 less than the other FH's in our area, offering facilities that can seat over 185 attendees for services, or that have dining facilities for catering. (see "Our Facility and Services" Tab) Families that want a Memorial Service only, with their loved one's cremation, can do so during normal business hours for a total price of $795.
We serve a large area and provide quality service with attention to detail and many families say, offer "the most reasonable and fair prices of all funeral homes in the area, as well as the most helpful and educational website." For this reason, we serve families from Charleston to the Midstate, from Calabash-Ocean Isle, Bolivia to Whiteville, NC and over through the Pee Dee with our $695, 12-Step Complete Cremation Option, our $600 Direct Cremation Window Viewing Option, or our $550 Direct Cremation Option with a modest mileage add-on for the extra transportation back to our FH.
Our Owner - Manager, Jim Bowdre, a former teacher and Summa Cum Laude graduate is licensed actively in both North and South Carolina, receiving his first active license in Virginia and National Board Certification in 1974. After taking early retirement with a former "Fortune 500" company, he joined the staff of Myrtle Beach Funeral Home and as owner, does not take a salary from the business, preferring to keep his business overhead lower, so he can offer greater value to the families he serves. (See SECTION on "Why are FH prices so different")
Review what "financial support" the Veterans Administration and Social Security provide when a loved one passes away by reading the longer explanation version of the "12-Step Complete Cremation SECTION" on the left, just below the "Urns and Cremation Products" SECTION.
Our Mission or Goal: is to help you know and understand the "total funeral and death-care process," as well as the advantages of using our services. "Knowledge is Power" and the more knowledge a person has on any particular event or subject in life, the more power they have in dealing with that event. This website is designed to give families and caregivers the knowledge and power they need in dealing with the loss of a loved one, as well as learning what is required legally when dealing with any U.S. based funeral home chosen, so you will not be taken advantage of, in your time of need.
Death Under HOSPICE Care, a HOSPITAL or a CORONERS Case Death: In the Sections dealing with "Where" or under what circumstances a loved one dies, choose the Tab you are interested in and learn what "Health Care" and "Death Care" Professionals, as well as families or legal representatives, have to do when a loved one dies, no matter where or when.
Most of the information on this website, although lengthy and in great detail, was researched and gathered from multiple sources during my 25 years of teaching continuing education classes to funeral directors and embalmers. This educational material can only be found in this concise format on this website. When being presented before professional organizations, I always hear the same comments, "I didn't know that" or "I will use this for staff training." I've even had funeral directors from outside the MB area, call and ask for permission to use some of the information on this website for their website. Hope you get something useful and educational as well.
Settling an Estate Guidelines: In this SECTION learn when it is necessary to probate a will and what surviving family, executors and personal representatives need to consider when settling an estate or business affairs of their loved one.
In "Why are FH PRICES so different" and "What To Ask When Price SHOPPING" sections, learn why different funeral home prices can vary so much, as well as, what terminology to use when calling a funeral home inquiring about their prices for different services.
We hear from families, caregivers and health care professionals, all the time, how helpful the information on this website has been. Thank you for taking your time in visiting us and hopefully some worthwhile information was received, as well.
Please call 843.293.4505 any time of the day or night, if you have questions or concerns. You may email us, as well, anytime by selecting the "Contact Us" tab on this website. Our Toll Free Number at the FH is 877.679.4505.
Our Fax No. 843.293.4507. Our E-mail Address: email@example.com