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arrangement Conference

Arrangements for our Hammond & Ponchatoula locations are made at the Hammond office of
Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home
2000 N. Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, Louisiana 70401
phone (985) 345-5801.  

Please contact the business office to schedule an appointment time.

Information required and items to bring to the arrangement conference:
Full legal name, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, parents' names and birthplaces, social security number, Veteran's discharge document (DD214), highest level of education, full outfit of clothing including undergarments, family history information and photo for the funeral notice, and 50 - 75 photos for the creation of your loved one's dvd slideshow.

To request immediate assistance, please call 985-345-5801
Benefits for our


U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

The United States Government will provide for veterans who receive other than a dishonorable discharge, a minimum of a grave space in a national cemetery for the veteran and his/her spouse, a government issued grave marker and a United States Burial Flag at no cost to the family. In some cases, other benefits may be available.

Veterans are also eligible for burial honors. The government will provide (when available) a minimum of a two person team to play taps, fold the flag, and present it to a designated person.

You should contact the local Veterans Affairs Office for additional information:

411 W. Coleman Ave. #1
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: 985-542-3498

National Office: 800-827-1000

or visit website for veterans affairs
Social Security


We will notify the Social Security Administration of the death of your loved one.  A surviving spouse or dependent child may receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255 if they meet certain requirements.  Generally, the lump-sum is paid to the surviving spouse who was living in the same household with the worker when they died.  To see if you qualify for a special lump-sum death benefit or if you require any additional information, you may contact them directly.

The local office for Tangipahoa Parish:

2100 Robin Ave.
Hammond, Louisiana 70403
Phone: 855-848-7937

National Office: 800-772-1213



When it comes to the loss of a loved one, many people are unprepared for the next steps they’ll need to take. Questions like “What accounts will I need to close?” and “How many copies of a death certificate do I need?” come as afterthoughts when dealing with grief and closing out estates.  Having vital records and other important documentation organized and in one spot is the first step in managing the accounts and personal records for a loved one after they have passed.  

Certified copies of the death certificates are required for filing life insurance, stock certificates, bonds, treasury bills, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, 401ks, retirement plans, IRAs, pensions, military benefits, rental storage, transfer of human remains, title transfer of ownership of real estate and motor vehicles, federal and state tax returns, social security, credit cards, cell phone providers and other utilities.  

Certified copies are obtained from the Department of Health. The State of Louisiana currently charges $9.00 for the first certified copy and $7.00 for each additional certified copy.  We can order as many certified copies of the death certificate as you require up to one year from the date of death.

insurance claims

The beneficiary may prefer to assign an insurance policy to the funeral home in an amount sufficient to cover the funeral expenses. We are able to file claims for you, assist you with filing claims, and answer any questions you may have.

The benefits of


No one wants to think about dying or losing a loved one, but you probably have thought about it, and somewhat planned for it.  You may have written a will, purchased life insurance, and perhaps even discussed your preferences with your family.  In fact, a nationwide survey revealed that 62% of the people responding, were interested in making advance funeral arrangements.  We know from our personal experience in serving many generations of area families that pre-planning can be the greatest gift of caring.  Pre-planning offers assurance and financial benefits for your family.  You know that your arrangements will reflect your beliefs and desires.  Your survivors will be spared the anxiety of making critical decisions at a time of personal crisis.

Harry McKneely and Son Funeral Homes pre-arranged funeral services are funded by an insurance policy.  These policies may acquire dividends over time, which are used to off-set increases for services and merchandise due to inflation.  A properly arranged plan uses one's personal funds and is permitted under Medicaid or SSI guidelines.

Interested in speaking about pre-planning services?

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Planning your service

For many generations, it has been Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Homes' privilege to serve the funeral needs of our community.  Our knowledgeable and compassionate funeral directors are always available to help your family with various burial and cremation options.  We offer a wide selection of caskets, vaults, urns, and other funeral merchandise. Our wide range of consumer-friendly services will fit all budgets, and we honor any assignable life insurance policies.


travel information

Emergency travel arrangements are offered by various airlines and other transportation companies. Please check the chart below for possible available assistance. There is no guarantee of availability of these services and they are all subject to change.

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super 8 hammond

200 Westin Oaks Dr.
Hammond, LA. 70403
Phone: 985-429-8088
Toll free: 1-800-800-8000

Rest easy when you stay at Super 8 Hammond hotel off Interstate 55 in southeastern Louisiana. We offer all you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay, including free SuperStart continental breakfast to jump start your day and an outdoor pool to cool off when the heat kicks in. Highspeed Internet access lets you connect with family and friends, and look up

Amenities & Services:
Alarm Clock Radio
Children 17 and under FREE With Parent
Expanded Cable Television featuring HBO, ESPN & Fox News
Free High Speed Internet
Free Local Telephone Calls
Free SuperStart Breakfast
Iron & Ironing Board in all Rooms


comfort inn hammond

110 Westin Oaks Dr
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: 985-429-0120

Perfectly located with easy access to Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 190, the Comfort Inn® hotel is less than an hour from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. This Hammond, LA hotel is just minutes from Southeastern Louisiana University, home of the Southeastern Lions. Enjoy shopping in the nearby town of Ponchatoula, known as "America's Antique City." Visitors will find plenty to do at Kliebert's Turtle & Alligator Tours, the annual Amite Oyster Festival at the Florida Parishes Arena, Zemurray Gardens and the Swamp Walk, a primitive boardwalk into the heart of the Joyce Wildlife Management Area swamp. Experience the wealth of history and tradition that is the essence of this Louisiana town. The downtown district of Hammond is full of authentic Cajun restaurants, hometown eateries, shopping venues and good times for all ages. Be sure to visit the area museums and Amato's Winery, where wine is actually made from local strawberries. The annual fairs and festivals guarantee an assortment of activities to keep all travelers busy. Start the morning off the smart way with the delicious free breakfast with hot waffles, meat and eggs served in the spacious breakfast room, complete with all-day coffee service. Bask in the warmth of the sun under the glass dome covering the lovely indoor pool and hot tub. Work out the tensions of the day in the exercise room, complete with four modern pieces of equipment. Additional amenities include free local calls and a free weekday newspaper. This Hammond, LA hotel provides business travelers with conveniences like free high-speed Internet access in all rooms. Business services are available at the front desk. Our large meeting room accommodates up to 75 people for most events and business functions. All guest rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and cable television. Specialty rooms also have whirlpool bathtubs. Executive office suites are available. From the moment you enter the lobby, you'll be amazed and impressed with the causal elegance, full-service charm and first-class hospitality of the Comfort Inn hotel. When you stay with us, you arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend. Exceeding your expectations is our goal and hospitality is our highest goal.


la quinta hammond

42126 Veterans Ave.
Hammond, LA 70403
800-SLEEPLQ  (800-753-3757)
Local Phone: 985-345-4742

Call the hotel directly for the Harry McKneely rate.

About This Hotel:
8,000 La Quinta Returns points for a free night stay
Free Bright Side Breakfast™
Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access
Free Local Calls
Free Newspaper
Free Parking
Meeting Facilities Available
Business Center
Guest Laundry Facilities
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Fitness Center
Pets Welcome

Guest Room Features:
Free wireless Internet access in all rooms!
Free high-speed Internet access in some rooms!
Microwave in all rooms
Cable Television
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron with Ironing Board
Dataport Phones
Alarm Clock

Additional Details:
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What's Nearby
Meeting Facilities
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best western university inn

42126 Veterans Ave.
Hammond, LA 70403
800-SLEEPLQ  (800-753-3757)
Local Phone: 985-345-4742

Attention:  Family Member

Let us assist you by catering to you & your loved ones' travel needs through our superb hospitality services.

Family & Friends Special $80.99 (plus taxes, good through December 2010)

Here at Best Western University Inn, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible services to all of our guests. Our dedicated staff understands the unique challenges involved in the day to day preparation for your loved ones arrivals in regards to the attendance of memorials during the bereavement phase for the loss of life of a loved one.

Listed below are many of our available services aimed at minimizing travel worries and tailored to fit our guests needs during their stay with us here in Hammond:

Features & Amenities:
FREE "HOT" BREAKFAST-(Eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, homemade waffles, orange juice& more!)
Micro-fridge & Microwave
Free Fresh Hot Cookies in the evenings (available upon request)
MINUTES to I-12, I-55 & other Attractions or Restaurants
Over-sized Clean Rooms
Free Wireless Internet & Local Calls
Business Center
Swimming Pool
Access to Reception Center (for additional fee)
Pet Friendly

Please call 985.215.3099 or 1.800.290.5350 now to book your reservations at the SPECIAL Family & Friend LOW RATE QUOTED.

We look forward to SERVING YOU & YOUR LOVED ONES!

Angela Houlemard
Business Development Manager
Best Western University Inn


holiday inn northshore

1819 SW Railroad Ave
Hammond, LA 70403
Fax 985-662-3895

Your comfort is top priority when you stay in one of these rooms. In addition to complimentary high-speed, wired and wireless Internet access, the rooms have a 37-inch flat panel TV and a spacious work surface.  You can relax with our premium bedding and choice of soft or firm pillow selection. All guest rooms are equipped with a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, blowdryer, iron and iron board.

Other hotel amenities include:
Swimming Pool
Hot Tub
Complimentary Fitness Center
Complimentary Business Center
Free Wired & Wireless Internet
Priority Club Rewards
Room Service
Over 3,000 sq ft Of Meeting Space
Sundries Area
Guest Laundry Facility
Complimentary Parking

Our on-site Kem’s Restaurant is open for breakfast 6a.m.-11a.m., and dinner 5p.m.-10p.m. The bar/lounge is open from 5p.m.-10p.m., or later. Room service is available during restaurant hours.

We are conveniently located right off interstate 12, minutes from downtown, and centrally located in walking distance to shopping and dining.

Driving Directions:
North: Traveling south on I-55 take I-12 East to Exit 40. Make left at first light, go under the overpass and hotel will be on your right
South: Traveling North on I-55 take I-12 East to exit 40. Make left at first light, go under the overpass and hotel will be on your right.
East: I-12 West to exit 40. Make right at first light, go under the overpass and hotel will be on your right.
West: I-12 East to exit 40. Make left at first light, go under the overpass and hotel will be on your right.

Catering to you & your

family'S needs

As an accommodation to our families, all listings below offer a bereavement discount. Please mention that you were referred by our website when booking.

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