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Funeral Resources & Information & Glossary Terms
Death is a reality we all have to face at one time or another. Although these times of grief can take a great toll on our emotions, there is a way to make the process less painful. You can do this by pre planning a funeral and making all the necessary arrangements well in advance. This ensures the dead loved one get exactly what they want in a funeral service and the family members have less of a burden in trying to make the “right” decisions. You can go talk to a Funeral Director. They will offer you some great advice and will get you on the road to preparedness.Visit www.HoustonFuneralHomes.com or www.DallasFuneralHomes.com or www.AustinFuneralHomes.org
Big decisions are required in funeral planning. The Funeral Director will setup a contract with you in order for you to make the necessary payments and the specific details of the service itself. Everything from the type of casket or urn, the size of the viewing room, and the obituary are covered under the contract. In the long run, making these funeral arrangements now can save you thousands of dollars. It roughly takes about $8,000 to $15,000 to pay for a funeral and burial. Most people don’t realize, however, that a funeral service and a burial are two separate bills. One is paid to the Funeral Home and one to the Cemetery. To Find a Funeral Home or Cemetery you can use www.HoustonFuneralHomes.com or www.DallasFuneralHomes.com or www.AustinFuneralHomes.org
The more in advance these expenses are paid for the better off you and your family will be. It would be terrible for these not to be paid for at the time of death and the family members are forced to come up with the money up front. This can easily happen if there is a problem with the type of life insurance policy in possession or, worse, having no life insurance at all. This can cause great burdens and controversy within the surviving family members. Visit www.KeenanInsuranceGroup.com Avoid these burdens and make the arrangements beforehand. It’s never too early to plan for a funeral. It shows us just how greatly important preplanning a funeral is both for ourselves but most importantly for our surviving family. Funeral homes offer variety of services to meet family preferences, visit www.HoustonFuneralHomes.com or www.DallasFuneralHomes.com or www.AustinFuneralHomes.org
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral.
Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences
There are many reasons to consider preplanning your funeral.
The most important one is that it takes away from your survivors the pressure of making a decision
under very difficult circumstances.
Prearrangements also let you choose exactly how you want to be memorialized
and allows for personal preferences in all aspects of the funeral service.
Funerals: A Consumer Guide:
When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral - all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress.
What kind of funeral should it be?
What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body, or donate it to science?
What are you legally required to buy?
What other arrangements should you plan? And, as callous as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost?
Each year, Americans grapple with these and many other questions as they spend billions of dollars arranging more than 2 million funerals for family members and friends.
Choosing a Funeral Provider: www.HoustonFuneralHomes.com or www.DallasFuneralHomes.com or www.AustinFuneralHomes.org
Consumers often select a funeral home or cemetery because it's close to home, has served the family in the past, or has been recommended by someone they trust.
But people who limit their search to just one funeral home may risk paying more than necessary for the funeral or narrowing their choice of goods and services.
Dealing with the death of a loved one:
Different types of grief and methods of dealing with the grief
Anytime a loved one passes it is usually a very traumatic and emotional ordeal, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their passing.
Pre-paying for funeral services with a trust account
Trust accounts are basically a pre-payment for funeral services deposited in a bank or with a trust company.
Because the bank is federally insured by the US government, the funds are 100% totally secure
Pre-need funeral service insurance offers tax advantages: www.HoustonLawFirms.com
"Texas TaxBack Program" Those over 65 can defer your taxes and invest in Life insurance.
Pre-need insurance is a form of "life insurance" www.Houston-InsuranceQuotes.com
Here are some important links that you may need.
Funeral Services & Associations
National Funeral Directors Association
International Cemetery & Funeral Association
Southern Cemetery & Funeral Association
Texas Funeral Directors Association
Texas Cemetery Association
Obituaries & Death Notices
Legal & Govt. Resources
Aron - (A-rone) the burial casket. Jewish burial requires a wooden casket in keeping with the Biblical teaching "For dust art thou and to the dust thou shalt return" (Genesis 3:19)
Arrangement Conference - A meeting in which the Funeral Director gathers with the family of the deceased to make funeral arrangements.
Arrangement Room - A room in the funeral home used to make the necessary funeral arrangements with the family of the deceased.
Atneed - Funeral and cemetery arrangements made at the time of death.
Burial - Placing of remains in an underground chamber, usually in a cemetery; also called ground burial interment.
Burial Certificate or Permit - A legal document issued by the local government authorizing disposition. The permit may authorize ground burial, cremation, entombment or removal.
Burial Vault - A lined and sealed unit that is specifically engineered to support the weight of the earth grave as well as the heavy equipment that passes over it.
Casket - A container made of wood, metal or plastic into which the body is placed for interment. Caskets are sometimes referred to as "coffins."
Cemetery - A business with property set aside for the disposition of the deceased.
Certified Death Certificate - A certified copy of the original certificate issued by the local government. Certified death certificates are used when making claims for insurance and other death benefits.
Chapel - A large room in the funeral home in which the funeral or memorial service is held.
Columbarium - A structure, similar to a mausoleum, but designed for inurnment of cremated remains.
Commital Service - The final portion of the funeral service at which time the deceased is interred or entombed and the last remarks or prayers are said; also referred to as graveside service.
Companion Crypt - A vault of chamber designed for two side-by-side burial.
Cosmetology - Use of cosmetics to restore appearance to the deceased.
Cremation - The reduction of human remains to small bone fragments through the use of intense heat and pulverization.
Cremation Garden - A dedicated section of a cemetery designed for the burial, scattering or other permanent placement of ashes.
Cremation Permit - A certificate issued by local government authorizing cremation of the deceased.
Crematory - A building which houses a retort.
Crypt - A vault or chamber used for keeping remains.
Death Certificate - A legal document signed by the attending physician showing the cause of death and other vital statistical data pertaining to the deceased.
Disinter - To remove the remains from their place of interment.
Display Room - The room in the funeral home in which funeral merchandise such as: caskets, urns, burial garments and vaults are displayed.
Embalm - The process of preserving a body by means of circulating or placing preservative and antiseptic through the veins, arteries and body cavities.
Eulogy - A brief speech that offers praise and celebrates the life of the person who has passed.
Exhume - To disinter.
Family Car - The vehicle, often a limousine, in the funeral procession set aside for use by the immediate family.
Family Room - A specially arranged room in the funeral home which affords the family privacy at the time of the funeral service.
Flower Car - A vehicle used for the transportation of flower pieces from the funeral home to the church and/or cemetery.
Final Disposition – The final arrangement, generally referring to the decision to choose between burial or cremation.
Final Rites - The funeral service.
First Call – The initial call from the family notifying the funeral home of a death and requesting the funeral homes services.
Full Couch – A casket which opens completely from one end to the other.
Funeral Director –A professional who helps families to plan funeral services for their loved ones while honoring the deceased and celebrating a life lived. Synonym: mortician, undertaker.
Funeral Home – A business that offers funeral services for the deceased and their families. Also called a mortuary.
Funeral Service – A ceremony marking an individual’s death. The funeral service can be a religious or cultural event and helps to honor the deceased.
Funeral Spray - A collective mass of cut flowers sent to the residence of the deceased or to the funeral home as a floral tribute to the deceased.
Grave - An excavation in the earth for the purpose of burying the deceased.
Grave or Memorial Marker – Commonly referred to as headstones, these are memorials that are usually made of metal or stone which include such information as the name of the individual, date of birth and death, symbols and words of tribute; also called monuments when they stand upright.
Half Couch – A casket in which only half of the top opens from the head to the waist of the deceased
Hearse - A motor coach designed and usually used for the transporting of the casketed remains from the place the funeral service is conducted to the cemetery. A hearse is also known as a coach.
Inter - To bury human remains in the earth in a grave or tomb.
Interment - The burial or final placement of remains.
Inurnment - The placement of cremated human remains in an urn and a placement of such urn in a niche, crypt, grave or other suitable location in a Cemetery
Kaddish – (Ka-dish) the traditional prayer in praise of God, recited after burial.
Keriah – (Kree-ah) the practice of rending or cutting a garment, or symbolically wearing a cut black ribbon over the heart, to indicate that one is in mourning. Those observing keriah are generally adult children, father/mother, brother/sister, or spouse of the deceased.
Kvurah B'kara – (Kvoo-rah B’kar-kah) burial in the ground. Biblical mandate requires burial in the ground, filling the grave completely until a mound is formed. Participation in filling the grave is a religious privilege and duty and an expression of honor for the deceased. Above ground burial is an option you may discuss with the.
Lead Car - The vehicle in which the Funeral Director and sometimes the clergyman rides. When the procession is formed, the lead car moves to the head and leads the procession to the church and/or cemetery.
Limousine – A luxurious automobile designed to seat five or more persons behind the driver's seat.
Mausoleum - A public or private building especially designed for entombment. It is usually a permanent, above–ground resting place for the deceased.
Memorial Benches - Benches that either simply memorialize a loved one scattered or buried in a cremation garden, or actually contain the remains within.
Memorial Donation - A memorial contribution specified to a particular cause or charity, usually in lieu of flowers.
Memorial Service - A service conducted in memory of the deceased without the remains being present; also called a tribute service.
Minister's Room - A room in the funeral home set aside for the clergyman wherein he or she can prepare for the funeral service.
Morgue - A place in which the bodies of persons found deceased are kept until identified and claimed or until arrangements for burial have been made.
Next-of-Kin - a person's nearest relative; the person who hold the responsibility for making decisions for the funeral on behalf of the deceased.
Niche – A recess in a wall or columbarium used for the placement of urns containing cremated remains.
Obituary - The paragraph in the obituary section of a newspaper, or on the Internet, publicizing the death of a person and giving details of the funeral service the survivors wish to have published.
Outer Burial Container - A concrete, metal or wood structure used to support a casket in the ground.
Pallbearers - Individuals whose duty is to carry the casket when necessary during funeral service. Pallbearers in some sections of the country are hired and in other sections are close friends and relatives of the deceased.
Plot - A measured piece of land in a cemetery in which interment rights are purchased by a family or individual. A plot usually contains two or more graves.
Prearranged Funeral - Funeral arrangements completed by an individual prior to his/her death, often funded by insurance or trust.
Preparation Room - A room in a funeral home designed and equipped for preparing the deceased for final disposition.
Preplan - Preplanning is the process in which an individual creates their statement of wishes for their final event plan allowing loved ones to focus on celebrating a life lived.
Private Family Estate – A small section of a cemetery, usually bordered by gates, shrubbery or other dividers, that allow for ground burial of several members of the same family.
Private Family Mausoleum – An above-ground structure designed to hold, on average, two to twelve decedents, usually members of the same family.
Private Service - This service is by invitation only and may be held at a place of worship, a funeral home or a family home.
Procession - The vehicular movement of the funeral from the place where the funeral service was conducted to the cemetery. May also apply to a church funeral where the mourners follow the casket as it is brought into and taken out of the church.
Register - A book made available by the Funeral Director for recording the names of people visiting the funeral home to pay their respects to the deceased. Also has space for entering other data such as name, dates of birth and death of the deceased, name of the officiating clergyman, place of interment, time and date of service, list of floral tributes, etc.
Scattering Garden - A dedicated section of a cemetery wherein families can scatter the ashes of their loved ones. Often plaques are available to memorialize the loved ones whose remains have been scattered there.
Service Car - Usually a utility vehicle to which tasteful ornamentation may be added in the form of a metal firm name plate, post lamps, etc. It is utilized to transport chairs, church trucks, flower stands, shipping cases, etc.
Sheloshim – (sh’losh-sheem) the thirty days following burial (including shiva).
Shiva – (Shee-vah) the traditional seven-day mourning period immediately following burial, observed by the bereaved. Consult your rabbi for details on the customs and observances of shiva.
Shmira - (Shmee-rah) the watching of remains. To show respect to the departed, the deceased is never left alone until after burial. The Schomer (Watcher) traditionally recites psalms.
Sympathy Card - A card sent to the family to express their sympathy.
Tachrichim - (Takh-ree-kheem) the burial shroud. A full set of traditional white clothing, preferably made of linen, includes: hat, shirt, pants, jacket, belt and wrapping sheet. This garment symbolizes equality and purity.
Taharah - (Ta-ha-rah) the traditional washing and dressing of the deceased with dignity. Performed by trained members of the Chevra Kadisha (Sacred Society). In accordance with Jewish traditional law, men prepare men, while women prepare women. Embalming, cosmetizing or any other artificial preparation of the remains is not permitted by Jewish law.
Urn - A container, into which cremated remains are placed, made of metal, wood or stone.
Visitation - An opportunity for survivors and friends to view the deceased in private usually in a special room within the funeral home; also referred to as viewing.
Visitation Room - A room of the funeral home where family and friends gather.
Wake - A watch kept over the deceased, sometimes lasting the entire night preceding the funeral.