Frequently Asked Questions

What purpose does a funeral home serve? 


The funeral service serves a number of important purposes. The service:

· Helps confirm the reality and finality of death

· Provides a climate for mourning and the expression of grief

· Allows the sorrows of one to become the sorrows of many

· Is one of the few times love is given and not expected in return

· Is a vehicle for the community to pay its respects while encouraging the affirmation of religious faith

· Celebrates a life that has been lived

In other words, a funeral helps to meet basic needs by providing a means for bereaves to be with people and greet friends and relatives. It is the time when the community, family and friends gather to express sympathy and support. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grieving process.


What task are involved in arranging a funeral?


  1. Obtain the signature of the attending physician, coroner or medical examiner on the required certificate; file the certificate with the registrar of vital statistics where the death occurred

  2. Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home (local or out of town)

  3. Obtain family history

  4. Make decisions regarding the remains of the deceased

  5. Determine the budget (if funeral has not been pre-arranged)

  6. Determine the funeral or memorial service location(s), such as church, chapel, or graveside

  7. Plan for a viewing/visitation and determine open or closed casket

  8. Choose the final resting place (cemetery,  private land, etc.)

  9. Make necessary arrangements with clergy, church and cemetery officials

  10. Obtain certified copies of the death certificate, as necessary

  11. Select and purchase the casket, outer burial container or urn

  12. Order and schedule the delivery of all products/merchandise

  13. Compose and submit newspaper and other media notices

  14. Choose clothing & jewelry

  15. Select poems, scripture, readings

  16. Choose pallbearers

  17. Arrange for transportation of the deceased

  18. Purchase acknowledgement cards, register books, memorial folders, etc.

  19. Purchase flowers

  20. Arrange for family transportation

  21. Complete social security papers and secure social security benefits

  22. Secure Veterans benefits (if applicable)

  23. Secure life insurance benefits (if applicable)

  24. Contact insurance agents

  25. Complete accounting, clerical and filing work

  26. Answer telephone calls

  27. Notify other organizations that your loved one participated in