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Alexander Funeral Home Inc

971 North US Highway 27
Lake Wales, FL 33838
(863) 676-0215
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Epps Mortuary

626 Drive Martin Luther Kin
Lake Wales, FL 32359
(863) 678-3777
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Funeral homes can be caught in the middle of family conflicts - The Ledger

Monday, October 17, 2016

You have fractured families that fight with one another,” said Nelson, president of Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. “We’ve had families that have had some bitter battles — one member wants to bury and another member wants to cremate. So we just kind of back off and say, ‘Y’all are going to have to decide.’ ”When a person dies, his or her spouse has the authority to give directions on how a funeral home handles the body. If the deceased is widowed or unmarried, the decision falls to grown children, if there are any.The offspring all have equal say in deciding how to dispose of a loved one. And the decision must be unanimous, funeral directors say.If the person who dies has four grown children, it’s not enough for three to agree on cremation if the fourth wants burial, said Keith Fields, a funeral director at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven.“We get families fighting,” Fields said. “Some family member wants the body cremated and someone wants the body buried, and they can’t decide what to do and we’re just kind of stuck in the middle. If they’re arguing back and forth, we can’t do anything.”Funeral directors can sometimes mediate disputes and help relatives reach an agreement, Fields said, but they can’t impose a decision on the family. If the relatives remain at odds about the disposition of the body, ultimately the matter can wind up in court.Nelson said the family can request an emergency hearing before a judge or arbitrator.“We pretty much refuse to get in the middle of a family squabble,” Nelson said. “If they can’t decide what to do, we back off and say, ‘Bring us a court order or you can go to another funeral home.’ ”Abandoned bodiesBill Schichtel, president of Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland, recalled a family conflict that forced his company to store a body for about three months. The daughter of the deceased person did not respond to Heath’s repeated contacts, leaving the funeral home unable to proceed.Schichtel finally had a lawyer send a letter to the woman saying authority over the remains would pass to a granddaughter if she didn’t take charge. The woman at last responded and gave permission for a cremation, Schichtel said.“That was probably the toughest one to try to reach somebody,” Schichtel said. “I’ve been here 27 years, and you never know what’s going to happen and every family’s different.”It’s ra...

George Session

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.George was born to Hosie Session, Sr. and Dora Mae (Lamar) Session on September 22, 1955 in Lake Wales, Florida and passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Enid.George attended school in Lake Wales, Florida and was one of the first high school students integrated into an all-white high school. His senior year he was Student Body President, something for which he was very proud. Following graduation he attended Polk County Community College to study accounting, but before finishing his studies, decided to enlist in the United States Air Force. He trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas then was stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas where he met his beautiful wife Silvia Montalvo. From there he was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. After five years he was then stationed at Vance Air Force Base here in Enid, Oklahoma in 1988. Then in 1991, he was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he retired in 1996 after 20 years of service. They then returned back to Enid where they began their new life, post military service.For the past 20 years he continued doing his same job in flight records at Vance Air Force Base as a civilian.George loved his family dearly. He enjoyed sports, fishing and not only did he love to eat, but loved to cook just as much. Since the birth of his grandson Oliver, he’s traveled to Europe to visit him, and when back hom...

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Funeral homes can be caught in the middle of family conflicts - The Ledger

Monday, October 17, 2016

You have fractured families that fight with one another,” said Nelson, president of Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. “We’ve had families that have had some bitter battles — one member wants to bury and another member wants to cremate. So we just kind of back off and say, ‘Y’all are going to have to decide.’ ”When a person dies, his or her spouse has the authority to give directions on how a funeral home handles the body. If the deceased is widowed or unmarried, the decision falls to grown children, if there are any.The offspring all have equal say in deciding how to dispose of a loved one. And the decision must be unanimous, funeral directors say.If the person who dies has four grown children, it’s not enough for three to agree on cremation if the fourth wants burial, said Keith Fields, a funeral director at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven.“We get families fighting,” Fields said. “Some family member wants the body cremated and someone wants the body buried, and they can’t decide what to do and we’re just kind of stuck in the middle. If they’re arguing back and forth, we can’t do anything.”Funeral directors can sometimes mediate disputes and help relatives reach an agreement, Fields said, but they can’t impose a decision on the family. If the relatives remain at odds about the disposition of the body, ultimately the matter can wind up in court.Nelson said the family can request an emergency hearing before a judge or arbitrator.“We pretty much refuse to get in the middle of a family squabble,” Nelson said. “If they can’t decide what to do, we back off and say, ‘Bring us a court order or you can go to another funeral home.’ ”Abandoned bodiesBill Schichtel, president of Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland, recalled a family conflict that forced his company to store a body for about three months. The daughter of the deceased person did not respond to Heath’s repeated contacts, leaving the funeral home unable to proceed.Schichtel finally had a lawyer send a letter to the woman saying authority over the remains would pass to a granddaughter if she didn’t take charge. The woman at last responded and gave permission for a cremation, Schichtel said.“That was probably the toughest one to try to reach somebody,” Schichtel said. “I’ve been here 27 years, and you never know what’s going to happen and every family’s different.”It’s ra...

George Session

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.George was born to Hosie Session, Sr. and Dora Mae (Lamar) Session on September 22, 1955 in Lake Wales, Florida and passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in Enid.George attended school in Lake Wales, Florida and was one of the first high school students integrated into an all-white high school. His senior year he was Student Body President, something for which he was very proud. Following graduation he attended Polk County Community College to study accounting, but before finishing his studies, decided to enlist in the United States Air Force. He trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas then was stationed at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas where he met his beautiful wife Silvia Montalvo. From there he was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. After five years he was then stationed at Vance Air Force Base here in Enid, Oklahoma in 1988. Then in 1991, he was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he retired in 1996 after 20 years of service. They then returned back to Enid where they began their new life, post military service.For the past 20 years he continued doing his same job in flight records at Vance Air Force Base as a civilian.George loved his family dearly. He enjoyed sports, fishing and not only did he love to eat, but loved to cook just as much. Since the birth of his grandson Oliver, he’s traveled to Europe to visit him, and when back hom...