What a Funeral Home Can do For You

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Losing a loved one can be a very traumatic experience, and when you're grieving, the last thing you want to do is make funeral arrangements. However, planning a funeral can be much easier and less stressful when you choose an experienced funeral home with a staff that will help you through this very difficult time. Funeral homes should offer a wide variety of products and services, helping to make these tough decisions a bit easier.

Traditional Services

Most funeral homes offer different options to arrange for the burial of your loved one and different types of ceremonies to celebrate his/her life. You can choose the traditional ceremony in which family and friends come to the funeral home for a "viewing" or wake to pay their last respects. Viewings can be one night or more than one night, and this time allows people to see their loved one last time before being buried.

Burial Services

Funeral homes will bury provide several choices for burial. Funeral directors will explain the entire process to you so you will know what to expect. If the loss of your loved one was sudden and not expected, making decisions regarding burial are especially difficult. The funeral director will have a list of burial locations just in case you did not already purchase a plot for your family member.

Cremation Services

If your family member requested to be cremated, the funeral home will see it to that his/her wishes are carried out in the most respectful way. With cremation, you have a variety of options from the type of memorial service that will be held to choosing an urn for your departed's final resting place. The price range for urn varies greatly, and some are very expensive, but a good funeral home will have affordable urns with lovely designs in case you want to display the urn in your home. Here are some of the more common cremation options offered at most funeral homes:

Cremation after a traditional service with a viewing

Cremation following viewing of the deceased

Cremation following or preceding a reception or memorial service for the deceased

Cremation following or preceding a reception with family only

Cremation performed immediately no service, no viewing

Funeral homes typically have hundreds, sometimes thousands of urns from which to choose. You can have an urn custom made, also. For instance, if the deceased was a die-hard Yankees fan, you can have an urn designed with the Yankees logo, or if you're loved one's pet was his pride and joy, you can have a portrait of that pet painted onto the urn. The choices are endless.

The funeral home you choose can place your loved one's ashes in an urn garden or a mausoleum. Or, the ashes can be buried next to a family member's burial plot. Quality funeral homes are there to serve you in your time of need. These are difficult decisions to make while you're grieving, so be sure to choose a funeral home whose staff shows compassion and empathy and assists with these tough decisions.

Cecile Rivera needed to find an Albuquerque funeral home that offered a variety of services when her father passed away. Find the funeral services program that fits your family needs with French Funerals - Cremations.

 

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