What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators.
They are listeners, advisors, and supporters. To
implement the choices made by the family regarding the
funeral serives, the funeral director works together
with doctors, florists, cemetery personell, casket and
vault suppliers, monument companies, the stone cutter,
newspapers, ministers, hairdressers, government
agencies (social security admin, veterans admin,
county welfare, county health departments), etc… The
funeral home has a funeral director on call 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
Does the average funeral price quoted on TV ads
include cemetery expenses?
No, they only include the cost of transfering the
remains, professional services for filing all the
required paperwork, embalming, dressing and preparing
the deceased for casketing, use of the viewing
facilities, use of the facilities for the service,
hearse, family car and a 18 guage casket. Vault,
cemetery charges, including the opening and closing,
monument and engraving, ministers, bereavement
dinners, flowers, and vocalist are additional costs.
What purpose does a funeral serve?
It is the customary way to recognize death and its
finality. Funerals are recognized rituals for the
living to show respect for the dead and to help
survivors begin the grief process.
Why have a public viewing?
Viewing is a 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 activity voluntary.
Is an open casket necessary during the funeral service
This is a decision made by the family and often the
minister doing the funeral service.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Emabalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards
the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance
of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illnss.
Emablming makes it possible to lenghten the time
between death and the final disposition, thus allowing
family members time to arrange and participate in the
type of service most comforting to them. It is more
comforting to see the deceased after proper
preparation at the funeral, home looking peaceful,
rather than they appeared at the time of death.
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