Planning funeral services can be a very daunting task, especially considering the fact that most people who are planning funerals also have to contend with their own grief during a very difficult time after the loss of a loved one. With these things in mind, it’s not surprising that many people have a lot of questions about planning funeral services. Keep reading to find out the answers to a few of the most common questions about funeral homes and how they work.
Learning more about receiving services from funeral homes can make it easier to navigate the planning process and help you make sure you receive the services that are most important to you. Here are some of the most common questions about funeral services.
What happens when a family member dies away from home?
In many cases, people pass away at home while they are on hospice care or are receiving some other kind of in-home end-of-life care. However, things don’t always follow this pattern, and there are many situations where people lose family members while they are not at home. When that happens, the funeral service you select will arrange for transportation back to the correct funeral home or mortuary.
What services to funeral homes provide?
A lot of people don’t know much about what services funeral homes actually provide. Funeral homes provide a long list of services that are designed to help loved ones as much as possible with the planning that naturally comes with the death of a family member.
After a person passes away, funeral homes take care of transportation of the body, preparation of death certificates and notification of family members and authorities when necessary. Funeral homes also coordinate with insurance companies, Social Security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations to coordinate benefits for family members.
In addition, funeral homes prepare and submit obituaries, bathe and embalm bodies, prepare the body for viewing and assist the family in planning burial, cremation, memorial services and funerals. Funeral homes also handle everything relating to funeral and memorial service arrangements.
Is embalming required?
Lots of people wonder whether funeral homes are required to embalm bodies. In most cases, embalming is not required, but some states mandate embalming under certain circumstances, including when a person dies of a contagious disease or if too much time is going to elapse between death and burial or cremation.
What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial service?
A lot of people wonder what the difference is between memorial and funeral services. The main difference between funeral and memorials services is that funerals are services where the body is present, while memorials are services where the body is not present.
Funeral services and pre-planning
For all your questions about funeral services and funeral homes, reach out to ICS Cremation & Funeral Home. We provide our clients throughout northern Florida and southern Georgia with comprehensive cremation and funeral services, including pre-planning services, to make sure they receive exactly what they want and need from their arrangements. Give us a call to find out more about the services we offer.
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