Role of Funeral Homes:
The main purpose of funeral homes is to assist in planning and providing the best funeral services in compliance with the wishes of the deceased and the bereaved family. They handle the important paperwork and documents related to the funeral and burial services given.
Their duties include necessary shipment of the casket or remains from the cremation to the burial ground if the deceased has stated to be buried out of state or country. Sometimes they are also responsible for embalming the body so as to prevent the body from decomposing rapidly. Embalming is also applied in cases of severe accidents where the face and the body has been subjected to disfigurement, and embalming helps to make the dead presentable for open casket service. Some funeral homes have a large area reserved for visitation and for hosting guests coming from out of state. Their list of services also includes memorial and graveside services. With the increasing trend of cremation, funeral homes now also host their own crematoriums.
Funeral homes also offer a variety of caskets, urns and coffins to choose from. These usually come in attractive color and wood finishing at varied level of prices. Online funeral services are also offered to customers to save the time and hassle. Grief support is also given by the funeral homes to families who are mourning.
Role of Funeral Directors:
Funeral directors are also known as undertakers or morticians. Their job is to carry out the burial, cremation and funeral ceremony. They take care of the minor details related to the funerals. They consult with the family members to find out their wishes, clergy services and their decisions regarding the cremated remains or the dead body. Furthermore, they determine the date, time and location of the burials and memorial services. They also offer proper condolence to the bereaved family and help them to row smoothly over troubling times. Their aftercare services and grief support groups help to comfort and solace the families.
To act in accordance with the various religions and ethnic groups, they are thorough and well acquainted with the various customs and traditions. Their qualifications also include drafting of obituary notices and placing them in newspapers, furnishing the site with proper decorations for services, arranging conveyance for the family members and the deceased. They also oversee shipment of the body out of state if the deceased has stated so.
They are also well practiced embalmers. They handle the final documents and carry out the necessary paperwork required by the State authorities to issue the death certificate. Funeral directors also assist in pre-arrangement of plans. They offer experienced advice and ensure that the client is satisfied and content. Funeral directors cultivate a work-friendly environment to the employees and maintain a positive attitude towards the mourning families.
Funeral homes and directors play a vital role in society. They work in harmony to warrant that the best is achieved in carrying out funeral services. Providing competent services to people even after death is an art which is perfected by these two.