What purpose does a funeral serve? It is the customary way to recognize death and its finality. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.
Why have a public viewing? Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity is voluntary.
What is the purpose of embalming? Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.
Does a dead body have to be embalmed, according to law? No. Most states, however, require embalming when death was caused by a reportable contagious disease, or when remains are to be transported from one state to another by common carrier, or if final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend? Our Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If a loved one dies out of state, can the local Funeral Home still help? Yes, they can assist you with out-of-state arrangements, either to transfer the remains to another state or from another state.