When a loved one dies, people naturally look for a funeral home. Also referred to as mortuaries, these businesses are involved with managing the activities surrounding funerals. Mortuaries offer an assortment of services for the deceased as well as the family and friends who wish to pay their respects. Each mortuary is different. The types of services offered can vary, affecting the quality of service and total price.
The work of the funeral director and his staff begins with the initial meeting. This is where any planning and decision making is confirmed with the bereaved. Mortuaries are also responsible for doing any paperwork and arrangements. This includes filing for any permits and authorizations required for transporting and burying the body. The mortuary is also responsible for making the arrangements with the cemetery, crematorium or other related parties.
One of the basic services involves prepping the body for viewing. This includes embalming, cosmetology, grooming and dressing the body. Depending on the package and services being offered, a casket may also be selected and included with the fee.
Another service offered involves preparing an area for the viewing and visitation stage. This can be done at the funeral parlor itself or at another location. The amenities and staff involved at this stage are also prepared. After the wake, the body is carried to its final resting place. A hearse, service car and flower truck are also reserved for this purpose.
Planning a funeral can be costly if people are not aware of the hidden costs. There are expenses which people normally assume as part of the fee but are often not. One of these expenses involves the burial clothes. Mortuaries can charge hundreds of dollars for complete outfits, which includes the shoes, and underwear for the deceased. Some mortuaries also offer the service of having the obituaries published in local newspapers. The price for this type of service can vary from free to over several hundred dollars depending on the size of the obituary and the type of publication. Having death certificates reproduced can also cost the bereaved starting from $11 and up for each additional copy.