Waltons Named Spirit of Nevada Finalist for the 2024 Nevada Business Awards


We are so pleased to be named a Spirit of Nevada Finalist for the 2024 Nevada Business Awards. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners and thank you to all those who have supported our business.

Funeral pre-planning is an often overlooked but crucial aspect of life that allows individuals to take control of their final arrangements. This thoughtful and considerate process involves making decisions in advance, ensuring that one’s wishes are honored and easing the emotional and financial burdens on loved ones.

One of the primary benefits of funeral pre-planning is the ability to make decisions based on personal preferences rather than leaving the burden on grieving family members. When individuals take the time to plan their own funeral, they can ensure that their wishes are met, creating a personalized and meaningful farewell. This may include decisions about the type of service, burial or cremation preferences, choice of casket or urn, and other details that reflect the individual’s values and beliefs.

Moreover, funeral pre-planning provides a sense of control and empowerment during a time when many aspects of life may feel uncertain. By making decisions in advance, individuals can ease the emotional burden on their loved ones, allowing them to focus on grieving and supporting one another rather than navigating difficult decisions.

One essential aspect of funeral pre-planning is managing the associated costs. Funerals can be a significant financial burden on families, and planning ahead can help mitigate these expenses. Here are some tips for effectively planning and managing the costs of a funeral:

Establish a Budget: Setting a budget is an essential step in funeral pre-planning. Determine how much you are willing to spend on the funeral arrangements and stick to that budget. Communicate your budget clearly with the funeral home to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Consider Cremation: Cremation is often a more affordable option compared to traditional burial. By opting for cremation, individuals can save on burial plot costs and related expens- es. Additionally, cremation provides flexibility in choosing the final resting place, whether it be scattering ashes, burying them in a cemetery, or keeping them in an urn at home.

Explore Payment Options: Funeral expenses can be daunting, but many funeral homes offer flexible payment options. Inquire about installment plans or financing arrangements that can help spread the costs over time, making it more manageable for individuals and their families.

Prepay for Services: Some individuals choose to prepay for their funeral services. This involves setting aside funds or purchasing a pre-need insurance policy to cover future expenses. While prepaying can offer financial peace of mind, it’s essential to thoroughly un- derstand the terms and conditions of the agreement. Make sure the funeral home you choose will guarantee your plan is safeguarded from future price increases.

Review Veterans Benefits: For those who have served in the military, there may be funeral benefits available. Veterans and their spouses may qualify for burial in a national cemetery, a government headstone or marker, and a burial flag. Checking with the Department of Veterans Affairs can provide information on available benefits.

Funeral pre-planning is an act of precaution and consideration that goes beyond individual preferences. It is a compassionate approach that acknowledges the challenges faced by grieving family members and aims to alleviate their burden. Managing the costs associat- ed with funerals is an integral part of this pre-planning process, and the tips provided can guide individuals in making informed decisions that align with their budget and values. By embracing funeral pre-planning, individuals not only ensure their wishes are respected but also contribute to creating a meaningful and less stressful experience for their loved ones during a difficult time.

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We are pleased to announce that Walton’s won the Funeral Home Partner of the Year award at the Nevada Donor Network Awards!

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At the end of life, Nevadans increasingly are choosing cremation.
In fact, we’re choosing it more than any other option available. And we’re
choosing it more often than any other state. Nevada topped the list for
cremation rate in 2022 at 81.9%, according to a recent report by the
Cremation Association of North America (CANA).
That’s well over the national rate of 59%, a rate that’s been steadily increasing
for decades.

The shift comes as no surprise to Rick Noel, co-owner of Walton’s Funerals
and Cremations, who has witnessed the change over 40 years in the funeral
“You go back 100 years ago, everybody lived in the same town,” Noel told the
RGJ. “They don’t live in close proximity together anymore, so it doesn’t make
sense to get a plot of land in your town.”
America’s increasingly transient nature has been fueling a growing nationwide
trend toward cremation that’s been especially acute in Nevada.
Fewer roots, more roaming

It’s not as if Nevada is lacking in wide-open spaces for burial. At just 28.3
people per square mile, it’s one of the least densely populated states in the
U.S., and most of that population is tightly concentrated in and around Reno
and Las Vegas.
Still, it’s a matter of where people would like to remain. Only 27% of Nevada
residents were born in Nevada, according to data from the 2020 census. That’s
the lowest rate in the country. The transient nature of modern America is one
of several factors cited by CANA for the recent increase in cremation rates,
along with:

Higher average education level
Higher incomes
More immigration and more non-English-speaking residents
Lower religious affiliation
The COVID-19 pandemic, which reduced the ability for many to travel
for traditional funeral and burial services
Another factor that resonates here: Nevada is among the states with the lowest
home ownership rates. If Nevadans aren’t ready or able to buy above-ground
residences, they may be much less interested in staying here on a much more
permanent basis.
“Especially here in Reno, we have a lot of people who were born and raised in
different states and just come here for either retirement or what have you, or
moved here for a brief time in their life,” said Mercedes Quartucci, Reno
location manager with the Neptune Society, one of the country’s largest
providers of cremation services.
“A lot of times, those families want to take them back to whatever their
hometown was, or scattering their ashes at their favorite places,” she told the

Scattering in Nevada’s open spaces
Quartucci notes that many Nevadans are choosing to inter their loved one’s
ashes in local mausoleums, but others are requesting their ashes become part
of Nevada’s landscape. Nevada has relatively loose rules about where and
when someone’s cremains may be scattered, but it’s not a free-for-all.
“Certainly you can’t legally just go to Mackay Stadium and scatter ashes; that’s
not allowed,” Noel said. “Anything that would be private property, you’d have
to have permission to do that.”
Public lands, on the other hand, are less restrictive. Popular natural spots in
Nevada include the Truckee River, Pilot Peak and, of course, Lake Tahoe.

“You can scatter on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe,” Noel notes, “but not the
California side. California’s more restrictive.”

What’s next?
It’s been a rapid rise for cremation’s popularity in the United States and
Canada ― as recently as 2007, just 34.2% were choosing it. Now, it’s the
primary choice in the two countries.
“We’ve found that states generally demonstrate a geographic clustering effect,
suggesting that what started as individual preference became the norm in the
community and heralded a cultural shift to a new tradition,” CANA reported.
“Cremation will continue to be popular because it is ‘what we do now.'”
If the cremation trend eventually fades, what will be the next “what we do
now”? Starting Jan. 1, Nevadans will be able to choose “natural organic
reduction” ― aka human composting.
The human composting process varies slightly based on the funeral home, but
typically a body is placed in an insulated vessel packed with organic material

to help the decomposing process. After about three months, the vessel is
opened and soil is filtered for medical devices and large bones. Those
remaining bones are pulverized and returned to the vessel for another three
months of composting. Teeth are removed to prevent contamination from
mercury in fillings.

Other already-legal options for Nevadans include jewelry that includes
cremains, or having one’s cremains compressed into diamonds. Walton’s and
Neptune Society also have connections with a company that will launch
cremains into space.
“That’s really expensive,” Noel said. “We haven’t had any takers (locally).”
Gathering to say farewell

For Noel’s part, he plans to be buried in a traditional manner as most of his
relatives have been. He already has the location picked out: a Walton’s-owned
cemetery in Carson City. And although he stresses he doesn’t have any
philosophical opposition to cremation, he does see a worrying trend associated
with it.
“Sometimes people will choose cremation, and they don’t think they can have
a funeral. That’s not true,” he said. “We all grieve in our own way, but your
grieving has to go outward into mourning, and you can’t do that without
Cremation, he points out, does allow for the ability to schedule memorial
services weeks or months down the road in order to gather far-flung friends
and relatives in one place, as opposed to a traditional burial service which
takes place within a week or two of a loved one’s death.
But the ritual of gathering and remembering is essential, Noel says, even if it’s
a simple gathering in a park, a backyard or a living room.

“I’m not telling somebody, ‘Look, you’ve got to come into the funeral home
and spend money.’ I’m not. But please,for your own mental health and
emotional health, have something.”

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One of our event venues, West 2nd Events Center, is a NNBW Best in Business nominee in the Best Meeting/Event Space category! Voting is now open! Please take a moment to view all of the 2023 nominees:

Walton’s Funerals & Cremations was honored to be named as the winner for Best Funeral Home in the Best of Carson City 2023 contest, hosted by Nevada Appeal. This contest is decided on by readers and members as they vote for the very best that Carson City has to offer. Congratulations to all other finalists in this competition! We are proud to go above and beyond for our community.

Walton’s Funerals and Cremations announced Jennifer Crockett has been promoted to Family Care Center manager/cremationist.

Crockett first joined Walton’s as an initial call specialist and crematory supervisor, where she assisted in contacting families experiencing immediate death, providing a clear explanation of the process, providing safe transportation, scheduling and carrying out cremations, and working with WCME in responding to catastrophic scenes.

With seven years of experience, Crockett also worked in immunohistochemistry and cryosectioning at the physiology and cell biology lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Crockett received her Associate of Applied Science in criminal justice, investigations, as well as her Associate of Art degree from Truckee Meadows Community College.

Crockett has served as a volunteer for PILSOS: A Time for Remembrance, at Caughlin Ranch Elementary, and is currently a softball player for the City of Reno Adult Softball League.

In her new role, Crockett will provide proper care of decedents, maintain a safe work environment for staff, recruitment, training, ensure day-to-day operations meet legal and ethical requirements, and develop protocols to achieve successful outcomes.

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Walton’s Funerals and Cremations announced Kendra Marquez has been named executive assistant.

Prior to her role at Walton’s, Marquez served as a production associate at a local company. She has a strong background in preparing screen print orders, imaging on screens, and preparing paperwork to make the transition from the beginning of the production line to the next step as easy and smoothly as possible.

A Reno native, Marquez received an Associate of Science from Carrington College.

In her new role, Marquez will be responsible for providing high-level administrative support by conducting research, gathering information, preparing statistical reports, narratives, and surveys, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing and receiving correspondence.

Read more here: https://www.nnbw.com/news/2023/jun/28/people-kendra-marquez-named-executive-assistant-at-waltons-funerals-and-cremations/