What do funeral
Funeral directors are
caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of
the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by
the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. Funeral
directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience
assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to
answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping,
and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link
survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.
Why have a public
Viewing is part of many
cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing
aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death.
Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the
Is cremation a
substitute for a funeral?
No, cremation is an
alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and
often follows a traditional funeral service. Cremation can take place either
before or after the funeral ceremony
If a loved one dies out
of state , can the local Funeral Home still help?
Yes, they can assist you
with out-of-state arrangements, either to transfer the remains to another state
or from another state.
So, I've decided on
cremation. Can I still have a funeral or a viewing?
Yes, quite often some
sort of viewing precedes the actual cremation. Your Funeral Home can assist you
with the necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or a
What exactly is the
Cremation is a process
during which human remains are reduced to their original elements by the
application of intense heat. The body must be enclosed in some type of
container when delivered to the crematory, typically a casket or cremation
The choice of cremation
containers may depend on your choice of funeral or memorial services, final
disposition and memorialization. Unlike the traditional funeral with burial,
there is no standard procedure or expectation. Your decisions should reflect
your family's preferences, traditions and religious beliefs.
Following the cremation
process, the cremated remains are placed in a second container for final
disposition. For this purpose an urn is often provided.
Can a funeral home
provide cremation services?
A funeral home has
facilities to conduct a private or public gathering and ceremonies such as
funeral or memorial services. The role of the funeral director is to offer
options, listen to the family's preferences, and then carry out those wishes.
Additionally, not all funeral homes have the onsite cremation facilities
available and will need to transport the deceased to an outside facility.