Florists:

Lange's Woodland Flowers (630) 257-5065

219 Main St., Lemont

www.langeswoodlandflowers.com

Westmont Floral 630-968-4980

116 N. Cass Ave. Westmont

www.westmontfloralshop.com

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Merchandise

Prayer Cards

The Poet's Study

Cremation Jewelry

New Memorials Direct

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Social Security Benefits

The following checklist is designed to help you file for your Social Security benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made.

Eligibility

The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death. Who may receive monthly benefits:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full- time)
  • Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled
  • Dependent parent or parents 62 or older

Lump-Sup Death Payment

A one time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:

  • A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death
  • A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death
  • A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death

Applying For Benefits

You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone or online at www.ssa.gov. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone.

Contact Social Security

You may contact Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 1-800-772-1213. You visit the Social Security website at http://www.ssa.gov To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.

You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.

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Veterans

-Standard honor military funerals can include:

  • A military chaplain for family members
  • The US flag draped over the casket, and given to the next of kin following the service
  • A ceremonial guard serving as pallbearers
  • Casket transportation via horse-drawn limbers and caissons for service members with a non-commissioned grade of E=9 and above, or a hearse in all other cases
  • A flyover by fighter jets in missing man formation
  • A three-volley salute fired by a rifle party consisting of an odd number of 3-7 service membersf
  • The playing of Taps by a lone bugler or an audio recording
  • A Final Salute at the gravesite

-Full honor military funerals include all standard honors in addition to the following:

  • A riderless horse, symbolic of a fallen leader, follows the limbers and caissons for commanding officers of O-6 (Colonel/Captain) and above
  • Depending on their rank, general officers and flag officers receive an 11- to 17-gun salute
  • A military band and an escort platoon participate

Other Veteran Benefits

In addition to coordinating honors related to the service itself, we can help you communicate with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to arrange for:

A Presidential Memorial Certificate

This is a certificate expressing the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Contact us for assistance in applying for a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and we would be happy to guide you through the process.

Headstones or Markers

The VA provides headstones and markers for the graves of veterans anywhere in the world and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries.

Memorial Plots

If an eligible veteran’s remains are not available for burial, the VA will provide a plot and headstone or marker in a national cemetery for memorialization. If you wish to place the memorial in a cemetery other than a national cemetery, the VA will provide the headstone or marker but not the plot itself.

Burial in a VA National Cemetery

This includes the gravesite, opening and closing of the grave, a grave box, and perpetual care.

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses

For information on eligibility and the different levels of potential reimbursement, please review their Guide to VA Burial Allowances.

Additional Benefits

Please visit the following links for detailed information about the options available for honoring service members and other aspects of military funerals:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

-Click on Veteran Services and look underneath the Burials & Memorials heading.

Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits

-Helpful information from Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Honoring Those Who Served

-An explanation of the various types of honors available for military funerals.

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