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5 Things Funeral Homes Handle

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They say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. While neither are pleasant to think about, they affect everyone in some way. Even though people today are living longer than ever before, death catches up to all of us. Of course, losing someone close to us is one of the most difficult challenges we all face in our lives. When someone passes, it’s typically customary to honor and celebrate their life. Funeral services have been a part of human culture for many centuries. But funeral arrangements can involve a lot of people, time, money, and stress. This stress is the last thing a grieving friend or family member wants to think about. Fortunately, funeral homes exist to remove this burden from those who are grieving and handle most of the planning that goes into providing a beautiful service.

Even if you’re not currently in a situation that calls for funeral arrangements, it’s good to at least know a bit about what funeral planning entails. So what do funeral homes do, exactly? Here we will break it down.

1) Heed the First Call

After someone dies, the first major step one must take in the funeral process is making what’s known as a “first call” to a funeral home. Once this call is made, it’s up to the funeral home to handle the picking up and transportation of the body. The home will be on call 24/7 meaning you’ll always be able to reach them.

2) Perform Care as the Deceased Wishes

The funeral home will then perform care of the deceased in a professional manner. Depending on the wishes of the deceased and/or family, this might include embalming, casketing, and/or cosmetology.

3) Consult With the Family

While the funeral home will take care of most aspects of funeral arrangements, it’s of course important for the family to be involved in some of these decisions. This is why the funeral director will consult with the family of the deceased for as long as necessary to discuss things like the type of service, religious needs, obituary information, calling hours, pamphlets, and more. Additionally, this consultation will include handling of legal paperwork, such as certificates of death, etc.

4) Set up the Service

Once all the details of the service are laid out, those working at the funeral home will then set up the service as requested. Some guidance from family members might be requested during this process as well, but the funeral home will provide the necessary supplies, which might include picture frames, collages, sign-in books, digital slideshows, flower arrangements, seating arrangements, refreshments, music, and more. The funeral director will also help direct guests, pointing them to the coat room, sign-up book, and more, to ensure the service and calling hours run smoothly.

5) Arrange Details with Cemetery

If the deceased wishes to be buried, the funeral home, with the aid of the family, will arrange a meeting with a designated cemetery. If the deceased instead wishes to be cremated or otherwise, these arrangements will be made as well. Information such as cost, placement, and timing will be relayed from the funeral home to the family when necessary.

Of these five major things funeral homes take care of
, there are several other small tasks they handle as well. Again, the purpose of these institutions is to remove much of the burden from those who are grieving. While family and friends should play some part (and most will want to) in setting up a beautiful funeral service that honors the life of the deceased, the stress of making calls, filling out paperwork, and picking up materials should be the last thing on their mind. Funeral arrangements are detailed endeavors, and that’s why they are left to the professionals.

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