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Funeral Directors Terms to Know

Losing a loved one is difficult enough on its own, but if you're tasked with planning a funeral or memorial service the experience can be that much more draining. Selecting an appropriate coffin or urn is not something that most of us could do without the help of qualified funeral directors at reputable funeral parlors. These folks assist families and loved ones with everything from getting a funeral notice in the paper to handling the actual cremation. And while funeral directors endeavor to speak plainly, not everyone is familiar with the lexicon of the funeral home. Hopefully you won't need to know these common terms used in funeral homes and parlors, but if you do, you'll be glad you learned these terms.

  • Embalming - The preservation process used to keep bodies from rapid decomposition. It normally involves replacing blood and other body fluids with preservatives and antiseptics.
  • Funeral Notices and Obituaries - Funeral notices give times and dates for funerals and little, or no, personal information. An obituary is a separate, paid, notice that includes a short description of the deceased person's life.
  • Mortuary Science - An umbrella term covering most of the work done behind the scenes at a mortuary. This covers everything from coffin design to embalming science. It's an extremely complicated business that requires a sensitive touch.
  • Pre-Planned Funerals - These plans spare family members the trouble of planning and paying for, a funeral by getting everything done well in advance of the person's passing. These plans include everything from where the cremation takes place, what urn the ashes should be placed in and even what Scriptures and poems should be read in the service.
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    National Funeral Directors Association
    Brookfield, DC 53005
    Our national association of funeral directors knows how important it is to find compassionate and helpful services during a difficult time. Use our directory to find the funeral director you need.
     
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    Barton-McDermott Funeral Home Inc
    9 Pine Street, Chestertown, NY 12817
    Barton-McDermott Funeral Home Inc in Chestertown, NY offers prearranged counseling for funerals, cremations, monument selection and more. Please call today!
    (518) 494-2811
    Gilpatric VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway, Ulster Park, NY 12487
    The Gilpatric VanVliet Funeral Home offers affordable funeral cremation and prearrangement services to families Port Ewen Esopus Kingston Hurley and surrounding communities.
    (845) 338-1200
    Lombard Funeral Home
    3 Bridge St, Monson, MA 01057
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    (413) 267-3011
     
    User Review: "It is located next to (100ft away) from very active train tracks. Along with the fact that there is also a road crossing..." - dave (MA)
    Purcell Daniel D
    510 Pawling Ave, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-7651
    Bryce Funeral Home Inc
    276 Pawling Ave, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-7281
    Tate Howard B & Son
    2237 State Highway 7, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 663-8210
    Bocketti Funeral Home
    336 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 274-4710
    Clinton John H Funeral Home Inc
    256 Washington St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 274-1011
    Nealon-Sanvidge Funeral
    312 Hoosick St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 273-1404
    Leahy WM Funeral Home
    336 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-3541
    Michael J Barna Funeral Director
    312 Hoosick St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-3930
    Michael J Horan Funrl Director
    218 2nd Ave, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 235-5610
    Francis Funeral Miner Director
    312 Hoosick St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-5802
    Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home
    312 Hoosick St, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-3930
    Sturges Benjamin M
    2145 5th Ave, Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 272-8385


    Funeral directors are professionals who are also commonly referred to as morticians or undertakers. These individuals deal with prepping bodies for the ceremony each family has in mind for their deceased loved one. This type of job has been around for many years, and it is common for funeral directors to deal with anything from burial arrangements, to embalming, to body cremation, to dressing the deceased, to placing the body in a casket prior to funeral services. There are a number of funeral home locations across the United States alone. Licensed professionals who work in this business can generally assist with reserving cemetery plots, hearse rentals, memorial services, the grave digging process, and an obituary placement in the local paper. However, depending on the religious beliefs you practice, you will likely have to have a priest, minister or pastor read the last rites at the chapel or cemetery where the funeral is held. On the other hand, a funeral director can manage the wake you have in mind. You simply need to make arrangements for your deceased loved one and he/she will assist you with the ceremony. By accessing the web, you can learn plenty more about mortician assistance, burials ceremonies, the embalming process, and coffin or casket selections. Considering the age we live in, there is a great deal to choose from. You can often pinpoint funeral homes and directors in your area through the internet. Once you establish their location, you may find it helpful to visit them in person to learn more.
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