What Does a Funeral Home Do?
A Funeral Home will perform many types of funeral services, depending on the desires and specific needs of the family in regards to the final disposition of their deceased loved one. A Funeral Home will help the family take care of the details of the funeral services, from the first phone call that they receive from the family member or friend of the deceased, to the conclusion of the funeral ceremonies, and some will also assist the family with grief issues even after the services have concluded. Every family's wishes will be different and unique, and the Funeral Home that they are working with will be able to help them create the services that they desire for their loved one.
What to Expect from a Funeral Home
Each Funeral Home establishes a list of services that they offer, however many of the services offered by Funeral Homes are uniform. Here are some of the things you can expect from a Funeral Home:
Availability 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. A good Funeral Home understands that death does not occur Monday through Friday only during business hours. A Funeral Home will also try to be available as much as possible for questions and concerns that families have about funeral arrangements and handling the death of a loved one.
A Funeral Home will hold a consultation with the family of the deceased in order to gather pertinent information for the completion of paperwork, as well as the arrangements for the funeral service.
A Funeral Home will transport the body of the deceased from the home, hospital, nursing home, or wherever the death occurred, to the Funeral Home. If the chosen service is cremation, the Funeral Home may bring the body from the place of death to the crematory.
At the Funeral Home, professionals will prepare the deceased for the visitation ceremony, if necessary, by performing the embalming, washing, dressing, cosmetology and hairdressing, placing the body in the casket. These services, of course, would be performed only at the request of the family when visitation is part of their wishes for their loved one.
With the assistance of the family, the Funeral Home will also compose an obituary and send it to the appropriate newspapers. The obituary normally includes biographical information, information about the decedent's survivors, and service information.
The Funeral Home will file all of the paperwork that is necessary when death occurs, including obtaining proper authorizations and permits and filing the certificate of death. The Funeral Home will also obtain the certificate of death and provide the family with the requested amount of certified copies.
The Funeral Home will contact the crematory or cemetery, or the chosen place for the decedent's final disposition. It will also ensure that the family understands the regulations, fees, and other requirements that are associated with the disposition.
A Funeral Home will help to answer any questions pertaining to social security benefits, veteran benefits, and insurance claims, if necessary.
To create the personalized ceremony that the family wants for their loved one, the Funeral Home will assist with contacting a member of the clergy and other officials, a musician, band, or singer, a florist, and special groups, such as the military, according to the family's requests.
The Funeral Home will assist the family with obtaining the memorial goods that they request. Some Funeral Homes offer these goods at their establishment, or work with a company that provides them. The types of memorial goods that families can choose from may include acknowledgement cards, prayer cards, a register book, memorial folders, and some families even request tribute DVD's.
A Funeral Home will assist the family with creating a beautiful arrangement at the Funeral Home that includes photos of the deceased and the family, if requested, flowers, and other chosen items for the memorial display for the visitation or the service. The Funeral Home will ensure that the items are well taken care of and returned back to the family when the services have completed.
The Funeral Home will essentially be in charge of directing the funeral services that the family requests in a professional and caring manner. The assistance that the Funeral Home provides will begin with the family's first requisition and follow through to the final disposition of the family's loved one.
Even after the service, the Funeral Home will assist with the arrangements that take place after the service, such as adding the dates of death to monuments or helping the family purchase a new monument if necessary. Families can be assured that the funeral arrangements of their loved one will be well taken care of when they choose a reputable and compassionate Funeral Home.