A funeral home is a place where the deceased is transferred from the home, hospital, or nursing care to be stored and looked after prior to burial or cremation. Here is where the body can be visited in the chapel of rest and funeral arrangements can be made with the funeral director.
The role of a funeral home
In a funeral home, it is the job of the funeral director will oversee all aspects of the funeral planning and make all of the arrangements. They will be first point of call for the family and liaise between the family and the third parties required for the service. They will also be a source of support through the entire process. Some of the duties they will undertake include:
Organising the celebrant or minister
Depending on your wishes, they can help organise the funeral service that best suits the deceased
Funeral directors can arrange for obituaries to be published to notify the local area and anyone who may want to pay their respects.
Organising the wake
They can also look at local venues for the wake and make any relevant arrangements.
A large part of a Funeral Director’s job is sorting all of the paperwork and arranging everything from death certificates to liaising with the local authorities and churches.
What is a chapel of rest?
A chapel of rest is a tranquil room within a funeral home where family and close contacts can visit the body before it is buried or cremated. Every care is taken before hand to prepare the body for viewing and for the body to look as peaceful as possible. Here, you are able to spend time with the one you have lost, this can often be an important part of the grieving process.
Types of funeral service
The three main types of funeral service are Religious, Civil and Humanist. Most funeral directors can cater to your loved one and family’s preference; however, some may be more specialised in one area than others if you are looking for a specific type, so it’s worth asking about the specific service you wish to organise in your initial consultation.
Religious services are normally held at a place of worship and are centred around the faith of the deceased. These are often traditional funerals and will usually have readings, prayers and possibly hymns. Depending on the religious inclination these services can look very different and will depend on the cultural background of the deceased and the family.
Civil services often take place outside of a place of worship, usually at a crematorium or cemetery. These are more flexible and can be religious or non-denominational. Civil funerals are growing in popularity due to the flexibility that they can bring.
A humanist service is a non-religious, non-spiritual memorial service, usually held at a natural burial ground, crematorium, or cemetery. These services focus more on the life and personality of the deceased and is a deeply personalised ceremony.
Burial or cremation?
The funeral director can help families make important choices in regard to the manner in which your loved one is laid to rest. This is normally something that the deceased has declared a preference to before they pass, however, in the case of an unexpected death, this may be a harder decision to make. Whether a burial or cremation service is opted for, the funeral director and team will ensure that everything is looked after throughout the entire process.
Funeral Choice has an advice centre which provides guidance and support for those who have recently lost a loved one or are planning a funeral. We also offer a free comparison tool to find a funeral director near you which can be found here.