Common Questions about Funerals Answered

common questions about funerals

Whether you’re looking for services for your immediate need or pre-arrangements, there are many common questions about funerals, burials and other important details.

Talking about, or even thinking about death can be difficult – especially when it’s regarding a loved one or yourself. While it is one of life’s most emotional topics, it is truly important to understand what services you need to consider when a death has occurred.

Common Questions about Funerals Answered:

Q – What is the difference between a funeral and a memorial?

A – In simple terms, a funeral is a service or ceremony (religious or secular) that happens with the deceased person’s body present. A casket or urn is typically on display.

Memorials can feature many of the same aspects as a funeral, only the body is absent. Some people choose to have memorials after a burial has already taken place, or if a funeral has already taken place somewhere else, and those who could not attend wish to hold a memorial in their own community.

There is no right or wrong choice – it’s a matter of preference or circumstance.

Q – What does it mean to pre-plan your funeral?

A – Pre-planning is when a living person plans and pays for their funeral and burial arrangements in advance. People do this for several reasons.

  1. To unburden their loved ones when the time comes. When you pre-arrange your funeral, your grieving loved ones won’t have to make these difficult decisions under duress. They simply need to contact the funeral director to let them know a death has occurred and the process will roll out as planned.
  2. To ensure their wishes are carried out. When you pre-arrange, you can decide what type of service you want so that your loved ones don’t have to guess, or argue over what you would have wanted.
  3. To save money! Pay today’s prices for a future service.

Q – What is better? Burial or cremation.

A – It is not a matter of which is better in general, but which is better for you. There are several cultural, economical and environmental reasons for either – you have to determine where you stand. If you are pre-arranging, you can pay for your preferred internment method. Burials require the purchase of a coffin, and you will need to have a plot at a local cemetery.

Cremation doesn’t require an urn, but is an option depending on what you intend to do with the cremains. Some families keep the urn at home, some bury it or have it installed in a columbarium wall.

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