While we conduct most of our services in our Fulton location, we haven’t forgotten our roots in Auxvasse. There has been a Maupin Funeral Home in Auxvasse, Missouri, for over 90 years. We feel a deep commitment to all of the families we are privileged to serve. As we continue to build strong relationships in our community, we strive to be a constant source of support and encouragement.
Our funeral home in Fulton is a modern structure designed to be fully functional and handicapped accessible. We have a spacious chapel with seating for over 200, two visitation rooms, and a selection room. We also have a lounge, complete with coffee bar and soda machine so families and friends have a place to relax. We have recently added a new family dining area, complete with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, sink, and seating for over 50 guests. We also have a beautiful casket selection room with over 300 caskets to choose from. From start to finish, life is about making choices and we stand ready to assist and serve in every way possible.
Maupin Funeral Home pioneered pre-planning funeral services in the Fulton area, and has had been doing it for over 50 years. We began in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s to pre-arrange and pre-fund funeral services. We still have some of the original contracts in force today. Talk about a wise decision; those families who pre-funded back in the 1960’s are going to get their services for a fraction of what a comparable service would cost today.
Benefits of Preplanning
Families often have to make funeral decisions during the most traumatic time of their lives. I wish I could recall all the times I’ve heard a family say, “I wonder what Mom would want,” or Dad, or Grandma. Pre-planning takes that uncertainty out of the picture. With pre-planning the family knows exactly what their loved one wanted. It makes a very difficult time a little easier. There is no guess work. Everything is spelled out in advance, right down to the music they picked out for their service.Remember that a funeral can be pre-planned without pre-payment, but pre-funding has many advantages.
There are many factors in the cost of a funeral service. The casket the family selects, the dates and times of visitation, and outer burial container (vaults or graveliners) all play a role in the final cost to the family, but the two greatest cost factors are our personnel and the facility itself. Much like a hospital, we have to maintain enough personnel on a 24-hour basis to handle a worst case scenario. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s midnight, two in the morning, Sunday, Christmas, the Fourth of July, or anytime. When you pick up the phone, we are there. In order to serve the community we sacrifice much in the way of personal lives, but this is the path we have chosen, and we do it gladly. When the person on the other end of the phone needs us, we are there, ready to help. This is our calling. Our “undertaking.”
At the Maupin Funeral Home we also offer a wide range of cremation services. We have direct cremations, where the deceased is picked up from the place of death and brought back to the funeral home. The remains are cleaned and dressed in appropriate clothing, and taken to the crematory. The cremains are picked-up by our staff and delivered to the family for final disposition. Additionally, we have cremation services that use a rental casket, so the family can have a complete visitation and even a traditional funeral service before the cremation. We offer pre-planning and pre-payment on all of our cremation services.
Our staff maintains a relationship with each family we serve. We will make follow-up calls to ensure that they are doing okay, and that any insurance, Veterans’ Administration or Social Security work we did for them is progressing in a satisfactory manner.
We have a number of organizations in Fulton which offer post-death counseling for family members who are having an especially hard time coming to terms with the death of a loved one. We refer these individuals to experienced counselors who can help them work through their grief. Many times they will return to us, often just to chat, sometimes they will indicate that they are having problems and ask for help. A good ear and a shoulder to cry on are all some of them need to go on with their lives. Just knowing someone is available to listen and someone cares about them means a lot.
Remember, we’ve known some of these families for three or four generations. We may have taken care of great-grandma, grandma, mom, or dad, and for some unfortunate families we have taken care of their children when death comes early in life. They are not a number, but friends, family, and neighbors we care deeply about.