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FAQ: About Funerals, Funeral Planning, and Cremation Services

Published: January 3, 2022

As you and your family initiate the planning procedure, you may encounter several questions requiring additional information to make informed decisions. There is Affordable Cremation, and Burial takes pride in easing the client with their funeral services and provides cremation plans at low prices to provide the clients with a comfortable experience.

Below are mentioned frequently asked questions and clarifications on common Cremation and Funeral service to assist you in planning a meaningful funeral to celebrate your loved one's unique life.

What is a Funeral?

For individuals grieving, the funeral is a ceremony that has been demonstrated to be worthwhile and valuable. It gives survivors and everyone who shared in the loss a chance to show their love, respect, and grief. It allows people to confront the crisis that death can bring openly and honestly. The bereaved take the first step toward emotional adjustment to their loss by attending the funeral.

How is funeral service conducted for the deceased?

If there is no pre-planning, the family decides on the type of service for the deceased. The funeral service is usually held at a church or a funeral home. The ceremony of the service may differ depending on the religious denomination or the family's desires. Friendship and support are acknowledged through the presence of friends at this time. A private burial ceremony is held by invitation only, with only a few close family and friends present. A memorial service is usually held without the deceased person's presence, and the ceremony and protocols differ depending on the family's community. Start typing. It's going to be awesome!

What is the cost of a funeral?

Consumers pay an average of $5000 for an adult, full-service funeral. This covers all professional services, such as transfer of remains, embalming, and other preparation; use of viewing rooms and ceremony facilities; hearse, limousine, and casket purchase.

Why are funerals so costly?

Funerals are similar to weddings or birthday parties in specific ways. The type and cost will vary depending on consumers' preferences and budget. Furthermore, because a funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, and so on), these costs must be added to the funeral cost. Furthermore, the price of a funeral includes not only the merchandise, such as caskets, but also the services of a funeral director in organizing the ceremony, completing the necessary paperwork, dealing with doctors, clergy, florists, newspapers, and others, and seeing to all the essential details. Contrary to popular opinion, funeral houses are primarily family-owned businesses with a bit of profit margin.

Is it necessary to embalm a body before burying it?

Burial does not necessitate embalming. It's always your decision. If the family has chosen a service with a public viewing of the body in an open casket; or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; or if the body is transported by air or rail; or because of the length of time before the Burial, your decision may be influenced by these factors.

Should I choose Burial or cremation?

  • Although Burial is also common, the United States is most likely to bury a person in a casket. Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice because it is less expensive and allows a memorial service to be held at a more suitable time. 
  • A funeral service followed by cremation doesn't have to be any different than a funeral ceremony followed by Burial. Cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being deposited in a final resting place. The urn can be buried, deposited in a specific urn garden provided by cemeteries for cremated remains, or placed in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium. According to state legislation, the remains may also be scattered.

What is the role of a funeral director?

  • Pick up the body and transport it to the funeral home (anytime day or night).
  • Notify the appropriate authorities, as well as family and relations. 
  • Arrange for death certificates to be prepared. 
  • For insurance and benefit processing, provide certified copies of death certificates. 
  • Work with your insurance agent, the Social Security Administration, or the Veterans Administration to ensure that all essential documentation is done to get benefits. 
  • Organize an obituary and send it to the newspapers of your choice. 
  • If required, Bathe and embalm the deceased person. 
  • Dress the body in preparation for viewing. 
  • Assist the family with funeral arrangements, including casket, urn, burial vault, and cemetery land purchases. 
  • If Burial is to be done, coordinate the opening and closing of the grave with cemetery officials. 
  • If a funeral or memorial ceremony is held, coordinate with the clergy. Arrange for a police escort and transportation to the funeral and cemetery for the family. 
  • Order funeral sprays and other floral arrangements according to the family's wishes. Provide bereaved people with aftercare or grieving support.

Why do we need to hold a public viewing?

There are a variety of reasons to look at the departed. Viewing is a part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief experts believe that it improves the grieving process by allowing the bereaved to acknowledge the fact of death. Children are encouraged to watch as long as they desire, and the process is thoroughly explained.

Is it possible to scatter the cremated remains?

If you want your ashes dispersed, you should communicate your desires with the person or people performing the cremation ashes scattering ceremony ahead of time, as they may wish to include your funeral professional in the process. Funeral directors can also assist you in planning a meaningful and personal ash scattering ceremony that is tailored to your family's preferences. You can make the services as professional or as informal as you want. Scattering services are available in both public and private settings. Again, check with your funeral director to see if any local rules prohibit scattering in a public place.

The wrapping up

There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about funeral planning, and families often have questions about the process. We have mentioned some answers that will help you with some of the questions. Everyone thinks they know the answer to the question, but the facts are often just out of reach when it comes down to it. If you're ready to make the cremation decision but need a few more answers to nagging questions you have about Funeral Pre-Arrangement or Cremation and Funeral Service, then this is the right place for you.

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