Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on July 14, 2022 by Sarah Driskell under General, Most Common Questions
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Funeral Directors are called to their professions due to their strong urge to help families through the complicated grieving process. They are trained professionals who have extensive experience managing grief and death so of course they are faced with a multitude of questions pertaining to death, funerals, memorials, and grief. There is no right or wrong question when it comes to funerals and death because each family is unique with their own needs and requests. I am going to list a few of the most common questions that we are asked in hopes of helping eliminate some of those questions you may have.

  • Who is a Funeral Director and what do they do?

A Funeral Director is both a caregiver and administrator. Our Funeral Directors are listeners, advisers, and supporters of you and your family. They have extensive experience in helping bereaved families cope with death. They also arrange transportation of the body and complete all necessary paperwork for final disposition of the body. 

  • Is embalming required by law in Georgia?

No. But, there are certain factors that may make embalming necessary.

  • Is cremation cheaper than burial?

Not necessarily. The terms cremation and burial are a means of disposition of the body. In some respects, funerals and memorials are a lot like weddings or any other celebration. The cost depends greatly on the taste and budget of the individual. Someone can pay just as much or more for a memorial service where they body was cremated than a direct burial or graveside service. It all depends on the families wishes. 

  • Is a newspaper ran obituary needed?

Not necessarily. Obituaries can be very costly so this depends greatly on the wishes of the family. We place obituaries and a photo on our funeral home website at no additional charge to the family with no limit to their length if the family wishes to do so.

  • What should I expect from funeral planning at Mayes-Ward?

After a death occurs, one of our Funeral Directors will contact you to schedule a time for you to come in and make arrangements. This meeting typically takes an hour or less depending on the needs and requests of the family. Our Directors take their time to thoroughly answer your questions, complete necessary paperwork, and accommodate any requests you may have.

  • Does Mayes Ward-Dobbins have their own crematory?

Yes. Each of our locations have their own on site crematory.

  • Is Mayes Ward-Dobbins family owned or corporately owned?

We have been family owned and operated since 1923. Our mission has always been, and continues to be, to treat every individual that walks through our door like a part of our family.

  • What guidance and resources can Mayes-Ward provide to a family who has experienced a loss?

Not only are our Directors highly trained in guiding you through the process, but we also have our own Aftercare Specialist who will help you handle post funeral decisions at no additional cost to you. Roger Moore can help you with Social Security, Probate, Veteran’s Benefits, Title Transfer, and many other things that may come up after the loss of a loved one.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins has been serving the Cobb County community since 1923. Our Directors have many years of experience caring for families from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity. We receive heartfelt notes, letters, and posts on our website from families that express their thanks for our caring ways and our understanding during difficult and vulnerable times. We would love to hear how Mayes Ward-Dobbins was able to help your family during your family’s loss.


-Sarah Driskell

Sarah Driskell

Sarah grew up in Dallas, Georgia and graduated from East Paulding High School in 2007. She attended Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. She became a part of the Mayes Ward-Dobbins family in 2013. Sarah has two children, Ashlynn (7) and Easton (3). She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, decorating, and being outdoors. She greets families with a warm smile and a caring heart.

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