What is a funeral and what does a funeral director do?
A funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to provide mourners; both family and friends, with a collective grieving experience.
A funeral service can mean different things to different people. Some fall back on what is commonly called a “traditional funeral” while others see an end-of-life commemorative service where the life of the deceased is celebrated.
The role of a funeral director is a broad service encompassing practical organization, support and guidance to the family to ensure the funeral is properly arranged. After discussing your service wishes with a funeral director, he takes on the of organizing every aspect of the event and delivering it to the highest professional standards.
Transferring the deceased to the funeral home, providing facilities for viewing of the deceased prior to the funeral, processing all necessary paperwork and placing death notices in local and/or national newspapers and online are some of the common routine duties performed by a funeral director before the service has begun.
Garrett Jacobs LFD
The Choice…Entombment, Cremation or In Ground Burial
There are many things to consider when deciding whether to; entomb, bury or cremate a recently-deceased loved one, or when selecting burial during funeral pre-planning. One of the first decisions involves choosing both the cemetery and the specific place of entombment, niche placement, or burial space within the mausoleum or cemetery grounds. You’ll then need to select a casket or urn for the remains of your deceased loved one. At some point, the decision becomes one of writing the memorial inscription on the crypt or niche front, or headstone. A member of our professional funeral staff will be available should you require assistance in making these decisions.
Mausoleum Crypt Entombment
Entombment, like other forms of disposition, is a matter of personal preference. Typically, entombment follows a funeral or memorial service. Some mausoleums have chapel and memorial services on premises and transition immediately to entombment, or in the instance of off-sit funeral the deceased is then transported to the mausoleum in a similar fashion as would be in an in-ground cemetery burial. As in earth burial, traditional caskets are utilized for mausoleum entombment. The mausoleum concept is a popular choice nationwide; in the South where swampy water table issues often tend to influence in ground burial remains in a negative way, and in the North where hard freeze makes in ground burial difficult in the colder months. For the reasons just mentioned regarding the environment, visiting at a mausoleum is generally much more comfortable experience than an outdoor element exposed cemetery. In general, following the service; the casket is placed in a crypt of the mausoleum termed entombment or committal. At any time after entombment, lettering is then placed on the outside of the crypt, memorializing the deceased. Cost for mausoleum entombment is comparable to inground burial.
Usually based on any number of personal factors that may include; religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, and ecological awareness, cremation is a common choice made by some for the remains of themselves or loved one. Before a person chooses the cremation option, he or she need be well informed of what cremation is and how the process takes place.
Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that’s required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place.
Having family members be present for–or participate to some degree in the cremation process is an option. By participating in the process, it may allow family members to obtain some form of ‘closure’.
If cremation is the choice made for a deceased loved one, a memorial service can be held before or after as well as a traditional funeral service however after the remains will be transported to a crematory facility where the final step is done in private.
Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.
A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home, or a community hall. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.