Why do we have funerals?
Funerals our how we say good-bye to loved ones. It is a special occasion to commemorate the life of someone we cared about. Friends, family, acquaintances from times past meet together and share some laughter, some tears, and some memories. At this special time, family and friends being the healing process. Funerals remind us of how strong a connection we have to the people in our lives.
What is the job of the funeral director?
Our funeral directors are people who have been trained to create, plan, and achieve a loved one’s desire. Our goal, as funeral directors, is to help family and friends say good-bye and help you plan a memorable service.
Is a funeral director necessary for the burial process?
Funerals are like many things in life: you can certainly find a way to do it on your won. However, when a death occurs, and lives are turned upside down, emotions are confusing, and decision-making is challenging, most people find it a comfort to see a funeral specialist. Someone who is ready to support you, someone who can help you plan, someone who can help you handle all the details.
What is the purpose of a public viewing?
Public viewings help in the healing process. They are a way for people to recognize the finality of death. Many people have questions about allowing children to attend. Public viewings and funerals can also be important times for children to grieve. It is a time for family to explain the process of death. A child’s attendance, though, should be voluntary.
“There is a strong advantage to having the family members see the body of the deceased loved one…In this way, the funeral service can be a strong asset in helping the survivors work through the first task of grief.” -Victor M. Parachin, Grief Educator and author of Healing Grief
Why is embalming used?
Embalming gives the family the necessary time to arrange a funeral service. The embalming process delays the decomposition process of the body, assists the preservation of the body, and aids and sanitizes the director and family who perform cosmetic procedures on the body. Tie into green burial
Does a body have to be embalmed according to the law?
Except in special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if a family selects funeral arrangements with a viewing and requires preservation of the body. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.