funeral or memorial is a customary way to recognize death and its finality.
Funerals are held for the living to show respect for the dead and to help
survivors begin the grief process. They also give mourners a chance to share
stories, create memories, fulfill religious beliefs & customs, participate
in a support system, and gather at a peaceful place during a time of confusion
What tasks are involved in arranging a funeral?
can be as many as 200 tasks when planning a funeral. Many of them are listed
below. Our Funeral Director will coordinate most of these for you, after
meeting with you at a private consultation.
Obtain the signature of the attending physician, coroner or medical examiner on the required certificate; file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics where the death occurred.
Ensure compliance with government regulators
Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home (local or out of town)
Obtain family history
Make decisions regarding the remains of the deceased
Determine the budget (if funeral has not been pre-arranged)
Determine the funeral or memorial service location(s), such as church, chapel, or graveside
Plan for a viewing/visitation and determine open or closed casket
Choose the final resting place (cemetery, mausoleum, private land, etc.)
Make necessary arrangements with clergy, church and cemetery officials
Obtain certified copies of the death certificate, as necessary
Procure the burial permit and file with the cemetery
Select and purchase the casket, outer burial container or urn
Select a monument/marker
Order and schedule the delivery of all products/merchandise
Compose and submit newspaper and other media notices
Choose clothing & jewelry
Select poems, scripture, readings
Select music: taped, live musicians, etc.
Arrange for transportation of the deceased
Secure flower/equipment trucks, as necessary
Purchase acknowledgment cards, register books, memorial folders, etc.
Purchase a door wreath & flowers
Arrange for family transportation
Complete social security papers and secure social security benefits
Secure Veterans benefits (if applicable)
Secure life insurance benefits (if applicable)
Contact insurance agents
Complete accounting, clerical and filing work
Answer telephone calls
Notify other organizations that your loved one participated in
Deliver flowers to local nursing homes, hospitals etc. following the funeral
What do funeral directors do?
directors are caregivers, advisors, and administrators. They make the
arrangements for the transportation of the body, complete all necessary
paperwork, and carry out the wishes of the family regarding the funeral and
final disposition of the body. They have experience assisting the bereaved in
coping with death, are trained to answer questions about grief, and can
recommend sources of professional help.
Who should be included in the gathering or ceremony?
close friends, co-workers, fellow worshipers, neighbors & acquaintances,
and in some cases, the greater community.
Some people cannot afford basic funeral services. Is financial aid available to the poor?
than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to
pay for funerals, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment
from Social Security. In most states, some form of public aid allowances are
available from either the state, county, city, or a combination. Most funeral
directors are aware of the various benefits and know how to obtain them.