The Role of The Funeral Home
The best types of funeral directors are those who are caring individuals who enjoy working with people and are empathetic to a grieving heart.
All Funeral Directors are required to fulfill specific educational requirements in college and in an accredited professional funeral school. Some of the courses that are required include chemistry, sociology, psychology, and public health. They can also take classes for embalming and bacteriology. Once they complete the necessary courses, they need to take a state board licensing examination.
When a funeral home is contacted by a family member who has had a loved one pass away, they perform many tasks. When a death occurs for family members, they are burdened with grief and often embark on unfamiliar territory in the funeral palnning process. The first responsibility of the funeral home after being contacted is to remove the deceased from the location of death and bring the body to the funeral home. The funeral director will make arrangements whether the body is within driving distance from the funeral home or located in another state.
The funeral home will also take care of the death certificate and most other legal information. Often funeral homes may utilize funeral home software in order to help organize the families they service. During the discussion with the surviving family, the funeral director will present options for cremation burial, traditional burial, or bequethal. The family will choose which best meets their needs financially and emotionally. Other decisions that will need to be made is gravemarkers, the funeral service, embalming, funeral caskets or urn purchase. The staff will go through each item in detail and answer any questions the family may have before making decisions.
Some funeral homes will also provide you with funeral programs. You can choose to create them yourself and choose from one of our beautiful funeral program designs here at The Funeral Program Site. You can then bring them to the funeral home or funeral service location for distribution. This may be a more cost effective solution for you. If you don't have time to put it all together, we also provide funeral program customization services in which we do the whole program for you at a minimal fee.
The funeral home will also take care of any administrative details and discuss death benefits such as social security or Veteran's benefits. The funeral home is trained to assist families cope with death and some even sponsor grief related counseling.