Caskets are used to hold human remains after someone passes away. When making the arrangements with the funeral director, family members will need to decide what type of casket they want. Caskets can be made of metal, wood or fiberglass. For example, a casket made of steel will be highly durable, while a cherry wood casket may look elegant. Also, some families may decide to customize a casket to feature certain aspects that reflect their loved one's life or personality. Funeral directors will also offer the option of the body being cremated and ashes placed in an urn. Because some pets are very near and dear to their owner, a funeral home may also specialize in providing this service. A pet funeral home will have smaller caskets available, in addition to providing cremation services. A pet cemetery may also be located on site.
Embalm - Embalming is a chemical process that is designed to temporarily preserve the human body for a funeral.
Green Burial - A green burial is a way to bury a body without using chemical preservatives and in a container that will ensure earth preservation.
Catafalque - A catafalque is the stand in which a casket rests during a funeral service.
Urn - An urn is a type of container that is used to hold human ashes after they are cremated.
Display Room - A display room, also called a showroom, is a location where family and friends can visit caskets and urns in a funeral home.
Cortege - A cortege is a term used to describe the funeral procession.
Crypt - A crypt is the chamber that holds a casket in a mausoleum.
Funerals are probably the saddest event one can experience. Losing a loved one can be difficult to get over. Many people consider funerals to be a last goodbye to a person who has passed away. Because of this, a lot of thought is put into them. Historically, people were embalmed and buried with everything thought to be needed in the afterlife, including food, clothing and treasure. Today, most funerals include only a few things, like a spray flower arrangement, casket or an urn to hold the ashes and remains.
When a body is shipped to the funeral home, it is first taken to the mortuary. The family then decides to either bury or cremate their loved one. When one is cremated, their bodies are incinerated and their family keeps the ashes, usually in an urn. Urns come in various shapes, sizes and designs so many people choose one that reminds them on the one they lost. If a burial is chosen, then the director takes the family to the casket showroom. There is also a wide variety of coffins. You have the choice of either metal or hardwood. Both steel and cherry caskets appear durable as well as beautiful. You also have the choice to create a custom casket if desired.
Memorials are usually held at the grave site, which can be a vault or cemetery. There are various types of cemeteries: public, private, veteran and even ones for pets. Children should be sure to check with their aging parents to see if they have already created a plan for their funeral. The funeral home director can work with you on honoring their wishes. Although it may be hard to go through the planning, a funeral can be a beautiful goodbye to those you care for.