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 itself?
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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