By Cecile Rivera
The death of a family member is a traumatic event that everyone will experience at some point in their lives. When a loved one dies, funeral homes must be called upon to handle many of the arrangements. Choosing a local funeral home to help with the viewing services and burial of a family member means you expect certain aspects of the arrangements to be taken care of to reduce as much stress as possible.
Caring for the Deceased-
A funeral home’s main responsibility is to properly care for your loved one who has passed. This involves many things including:
• Notify the proper authorities that a death has occurred (medical examiner, for example).
• Transporting the loved ones’ body from the home, hospital or morgue to the funeral home.
• If the death occurred out of the area or out of the country, arrangements will be made by the funeral home to bring the deceased to the funeral home of your choosing.
• Provide professional services for your loved one such as bathing and embalming, dressing, makeup and hairstyling according to your wishes.
Honoring Your Funeral Arrangement Preferences-
Every family has their own unique funeral arrangement desires. These may include any or all of the following:
• Take care of the obituary for the local papers.
• Help you choose a casket, urn, vault or plot.
• Take care of contacting the clergy, the music and setting up the viewing schedule.
• Order funeral flowers of your choosing.
• Arrange for visitation as well as providing staff to set up flowers, a guest registry, prayer cards, acknowledgement cards and other details.
• Organize transportation for the family to the service and/or cemetery.
• Makes transportation arrangements of the body to the crematory, mausoleum or cemetery. • Explain burial and/or cremation regulations and fees.
• Arranges to return flowers, photos, guest registries, etc. to the family after the funeral.
• Offer professional grief assistance.
Though this will be a very difficult time for family, there is paperwork that must be completed when a loved one passes away. The funeral home will assist with the death certificate and any paperwork associated with insurance and benefit processing such as Social Security and Veterans’ benefits.
Even though the death of a loved one is hard, a good funeral home helps to make it as pain-free as possible. Your local funeral home will inform you of what needs to be done and do everything in its power to ease your pain during the difficult time of grieving the loss of a loved one.
There are many Albuquerque funeral homes but choosing the right one can be more difficult than you would think. Cecile Rivera found that the funeral planning options at French Funerals was far better than any other available option.