What is a funeral home? A question many people ask. The name funeral home is interchangeable with funeral parlour, and the director of a funeral home can do an enormous amount of things to help you. Whether you are dealing with the death of a loved one or a family friend, you will need the help of a funeral home. How much the funeral home does for you will depend on your wishes and the wishes of the deceased. Having a funeral plan is always a good idea as this will ensure you don’t burden your family unnecessarily.
No two funeral homes are identical, and not all will offer the same services. However, there are some basic services that all funeral homes in the UK offer. In general a funeral home will:
Be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year to serve families when a death occurs.
Take care of the removal and transfer of the deceased from the place the death occurred to the funeral home. This could be the family home, a nursing home, a hospital, etc.
Complete all necessary paperwork including certificate of death, authorizations, permits, etc. This will include the acquiring of the requested amount of certified copies of the death certificate for the family.
Compose the required obituary and send it to newspapers etc. The information for the obituary may include biographical information, service information, and survivor information.
Help the family by contacting the family’s choice of clergy, special groups, singers, musicians, etc. They will contact all participants that need to be present at the funeral service.
Contact the cemetery on behalf the family with details such as the place of burial, the fees and regulations, and any other necessary details.
Assist the family with any questions they may have as regards to insurance claims, social security benefits, etc.
Provide memorial products. These can include prayer cards, tribute DVDs, acknowledgement cards, etc.
Assist the family with the necessary arrangements at the memorial or chapel. This can include the arranging of flowers, photos, etc. They will also ensure that the above are returned to the family after the service where necessary.
Assist the family with the adding of death dates to memorials etc.
In short, a reputable funeral home should take care of all aspects of the days that follow the death of the loved one. When you already have an insurance plan or a funeral plan, all of the above will run more smoothly. A funeral plan will cover the costs of all of the above, and you will choose the funeral home of your choice when you take out your funeral plan. A funeral plan will also allow you to decide on many of the items on the above list in advance, making the journey for your family a far less painful one when you pass away.