OF A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL
1). The funeral home
is notified of the death by a family member or health care provider.
2). The funeral home
obtains permission from the next of kin to embalm the human remains.
3). The funeral home
removes the human remains from the place of death back to the funeral home.
4). The human remains
is embalmed at the funeral home in the preparation room.
5). The family
of the deceased comes to the funeral home to make the necessary funeral arrangements and selection of funeral merchandise.
6). The funeral
director coordinates all the details of the funeral by making the necessary phone calls. The obituary is placed in the applicable
newspapers. The death certificate is presented to the physician for signature. Then it is filed at the local health department.
The burial permit is obtained.
7). The human remains
is dressed, cosmetized and place in the selected casket and moved into a visitation room of the funeral home. Floral arrangements
that arrive are placed around the casket setting and visitation room.
8). The funeral home
is opened at the appointed time to receive the family and friends for visitation.
9). Funeral services
are conducted at the funeral home, being led by the specified clergy. In the case of a church funeral, the body is transported
to the church for the funeral rites and services.
10). The casket is
transported generally in a formal procession with the family and friends to the cemetery for graveside committal services
are generally the same as a traditional service in the chronology numbers 1-7. Some families will have a private or public
visitation. However, some will simply have the entire funeral services conducted at the graveside in the cemetery.
OR CREMATION FUNERAL
services generally follow the chronology of the traditional funeral in numbers 1-9. Some families chose to rent a casket for
the viewing and funeral, knowing that the remains will be cremated in a lesser grade container designed for cremation. Some
families will purchase a casket and have it cremated with the remains. The remains is transported to the crematory for cremation
after the funeral is over, in place of going to the cemetery. In the final analysis, the word “alternative” can
mean a variety of options that may create a very different set of non-traditional circumstances for the memorial service or
funeral service to take place at.
A direct cremation
is where the remains are to be cremated before any type of memorialization or funeralization is to take place. In most cases,
embalming is not a part of this process. The same chronology of a traditional funeral numbers 1-6 normally applies, but not
always number 4 (embalming). Many times family members will opt for a memorial service at the funeral home or at a church
after the entire cremation process has taken place.
OF A FUNERAL
- Christian Protestants normally have viewings at the funeral home. Some of the more formal Christian denominations use candles
and a kneeler at the casket. Funerals generally take place at either the funeral home or church. The place of burial is a
personal preference and cremation is generally acceptable.
JEWISH - Jewish
funerals can be held at the synagogue or funeral home. Viewing is optional in the Reformed and Conservative branches of the
Jewish religion. However the Orthodox Jewish funerals generally do not permit embalming. Burial is almost always in Jewish
cemeteries. Cremation is generally not acceptable.
ROMAN CATHOLIC - Catholics
normally have viewing at the funeral home. A kneeler or prayer rail and candles are placed around the casket at the viewing
or visitation. Most Catholic funerals take place at the church. Most Catholic
funeral services (also known as a "mass" or "Mass of Christian Burial") include the use of a pall over the closed casket during
the service. The place of burial is generally at a Catholic cemetery (a cemetery consecrated by the Roman Catholic Church),
but it is not required to be a Catholic cemetery. Cremation is growing in acceptance by the Roman Catholic Church.
OTHER RELIGIOUS SERVICES
- Religious services can vary and can be very diversified at times. This is because of the growth of many new and different
religions in North America. It is best to ask the funeral director you are working with what the proper procedures are and
how best you can assist in the situation of a unique religious funeral. Never make assumptions about a family’s religious
preferences or practices in regards to the funeral or memorial services.