One of the first calls you make when a loved one passes is to a Funeral Home - more specifically a Funeral Director. The Funeral Director will be your point of contact over the next few days or weeks when dealing with your loved ones funeral arrangements.
arrange for transportation of the body.
The Funeral Director will arrange the transportation of the deceased from the place of death to the Funeral Home. If an autopsy is requested, they will also transport the body to and from the Medical Examiners office.
The Funeral Director will also be the one transporting your loved one from the Funeral Home to the ceremony and to the burial location.
Your Funeral Director will keep you updated as to where your loved one is at all times - giving you peace of mind that your loved one is being taken care of.
meeting with the family to talk about funeral needs.
The next interaction you will have with the Funeral Director is the planning meeting. This is where you will talk about and decide specifics when it comes to the final disposition of the body, ceremony needs, reception planning and burial. The Funeral Home staff will typically send you a short list of items to bring with you to make this process go smoother.
You will decide whether or not to have a viewing, service, reception or burial. The Funeral Director will help you pick a date and time.
Prepare the body.
Depending on what you chose above, the body needs to be prepared for final disposition.
If you are choosing a viewing then the body needs to be dressed and placed in a casket for viewing. Depending on the length of time between the death and viewing different methods of preparation can be used. If your viewing will be within 24 hours of death then you can choose not to embalm and have minimal preparations done. The Funeral Director will always have the final say whether or not minimal preparations will suffice. Depending on the circumstances of death, the Funeral Director may suggest an embalming.
If you chose cremation, the body is dressed (or not, depending on your choice) and placed in a cremation container. A body can be embalmed for cremation but it is not required.
If you chose to have your family member buried in a casket, you can also have them embalmed but again it is not required.
Funeral Directors will submit all the legal documents and paperwork to register the death. They must also sign off on all documents pertaining to body preparation, disposition and funeral planning. Some Funeral Directors will also help by filling out and filing any government paperwork for Death or Funeral Benefits. The Funeral Director will also prepare a document called the Funeral Directors Statement - this acts as a death certificate for all estate needs.
organization is key.
The Funeral Director will help in the planning, arranging the details and handling the logistics of the funeral.
They will help the family book any outside venues - church or hall. They will be the point of contact with officials - ministers or officiants. They will also contact any vendors - caterers, florist, musicians, photographers - and get pricing and help make any arrangements. They may also prepare or decorate the ceremony and/or reception site. While the family may make some arrangements like organizing the pallbearers and preparing the obituary notices, the Funeral Director is also able to guide the family with these tasks or take them over completely.
The purpose of the Funeral Director when it comes to arranging all of the above is to alleviate some of the stress from the family during this already difficult time.
Most Funeral Directors are on call 24/7 and urge the family to call them whenever they have a question or just need someone to talk to. This service often continues even after the funeral arrangements have been completed. Often, the Funeral Director has the knowledge to answer your questions. If they do not know the answer, they have the resources to find the answer for you. Most Funeral Homes also have on hand many resources for grief support.
Meet our Funeral Director.
Our staff may not all be certified Funeral Directors but have all mentored under Stephanie to be able to offer the same level of service and knowledge. We are all available 24/7 to answer your questions and calls. Do not hesitate to stop by and meet us sometime - our coffee is always on!