Funeral homes have been around for hundreds of years, helping family members take care of and have services and celebrations of life for loved ones. A funeral home is going to work with you hand in hand through the entire process of a loved one’s passing, so you won’t be going through the surprisingly complex task of dealing with a deceased loved one alone. Having EMT’s and police around right after a passing is stressful enough on its own, though they’re just doing their duties. Trying to deal with all of the hoops you have to jump through when someone passes all on your own can honestly be overwhelming and near impossible, especially considering what you’re likely going through. From getting copies of death certificates, which you need for a lot of things, to cremation and caskets, your funeral home should be your one stop shop when someone in your life passes away.
The death of a loved one is a big life event, often traumatic and stressful for those closely involved. We all know that death is our ultimate fate one of these days, but that doesn’t make it any easier or better when that time actually does come. For a lot of people, the last thing you really want to do is have to deal with the body and everything encompassing that by yourself. You either have to embalm or have the body in a sub 36 degree fridge within 24 hours, that’s not much time to learn about and then do it successfully. If you were wondering, in most states you aren’t required by law to go through a funeral home. They are a service, and though heavily governmental regulated on the local and federal level, you have the choice to not purchase their services as is your right. Though not required, almost all families do utilize the services of funeral homes because of the standard of care and regulations around the handling and disposition of the deceased. A person choosing to provide “at home” funeral services must follow the same laws and provide the same level of care for the body as would be expected by any funeral service practitioner, legally speaking, and most families just don’t have the desire or knowledge to do this. The fine folks at your funeral home spend years learning all of the details of a funeral home, meaning they’re trained professional while you’re going to be busy teaching yourself for a while just to get started. Completely different circumstances, but it’s like calling in a plumber to fix your water heater. They’re experts, they can get right to work fixing it. You on the other hand will have to do research, test things out, and generally shoot blind at least in the beginning. It’s best to leave the hard detailed work to the pros that do it every day.
A funeral home is so much more than a place where visitations happen or caskets are sold, they’re the single place you need to go to sort out the death of a loved one. Here’s a run-down of sorts on what generally is going to happen. Now remember that practices pertaining to death differ widely across geographical and cultural lines, some celebrate with parties while others mourn in their homes. With that said, funeral practices are somewhat universal – moving the deceased to a mortuary, preparing the body for viewing, setting up and preforming ceremonies, and carrying out final disposition. Funeral directors take great pride in their ability to handle all of the planning and details for families in their own communities, they almost always work to provide the best care possible. They’re also extremely connected with churches, flower shops, anything you may need in your area. They can even help you put together and send out an obituary, something that can be hard to formulate and write on your own. Most state laws also require a body be embalmed if 24 hours elapse between death and burial, morticians know that and will act accordingly, following your wishes. With the rising popularity of cremation, a lot of funeral homes are starting to do it on site, they even sell urns so you truly don’t have to go elsewhere for anything. So during this hard time you need to turn to a funeral home and let them take care of you so you can grieve or celebrate the life of that loved one the way you want to.
So if you weren’t well informed of you were skeptical just how much value funeral services have, you should now have a much better and more clear idea of what they can do. Also, all funeral directors have to be trained and licensed in a number of areas before they can do anything at all, so you can count on the fact that you’re really working with professionals. Their main job is to just honor the wishes of the family and deceased, help them sort out and plan all the details like services, obituary, visitation, funeral pre planning, and more. They’re there for whatever you need them for. Funeral services are one service that you’re going to want to use every time the need arises.