– This refers to what will ultimately be done with the deceased person and where their final resting place will be, i.e.: cemetery placement or cremation? Which cemetery will the casket or urn be taken to? Will the cremated remains be placed in a cemetery, scattered, or kept at home for a period of time?
– A legal document authorizing cemetery placement or cremation of a deceased person and states the final place of disposition.
– See “Advance Health Care Directive.”
– The process of temporarily preserving a deceased person by circulating preservatives and antiseptic fluids through the person’s veins and arteries. Depending on the condition of the body, embalming processes may also include trauma or autopsy repair and other topical or external preservative treatments. In California, embalming is not required by law but is typically required by funeral homes or mortuaries if the decedent is going to be viewed publically, or for an extended period of time. Embalming may not be required for brief private viewings.
– A person who has been specially trained and licensed to care for, cleanse and preserve a deceased person with preservative and disinfectant fluids; this person is also skilled in applying cosmetics, hair dressing, dressing, and restorative arts.
– To place casketed remains in a mausoleum or above ground interment space.
Escorted Funeral Procession
– A ceremonial and practical method of driving from a funeral ceremony (at a church or mortuary) to the cemetery. To many people, this is a highly valued ceremonial aspect of services. Additionally, this is a practical method of making sure that everyone is moved in an organized way from the service and arrives at the cemetery at the same time so graveside services can begin. Typically, the funeral coach, or hearse, carrying the decedent is followed by limousines or family cars and then by other attendees. The procession is escorted through traffic signals by specially trained motorcycle escorts.
– A well-crafted speech or spoken tribute given at a funeral service or event in honor of a person who has passed away. This speech may include many aspects of a person’s life: birth places, family life, funny and memorable stories, phrases the person used to say, hobbies and life accomplishments. The best eulogies are factual, honest, respectful, heart-felt and relatively concise. Eulogies can include a poem or song and do not necessarily need to be a complete biography. Instead, you might try telling your story about your relationship with the deceased and how he/she affected your life.
Other eulogy ideas- establish a brief history; recap and honor family members and personal and important relationships; review important times and influences during their life: marriages, births, school achievements, etc.; collect and present memories from family and friends as well as your own memories; recite a favorite poem, prayer, song, or saying.
– To remove the deceased from their place of burial in order to re-investigate the person’s death.
– A more casual gathering at a location comfortable to the participants that is held to celebrate and remember the life of the person who passed away. The farewell party can incorporate sharing memories, stories jokes, video productions, music, and mementos of the deceased. Food and drinks are also present. Seen as a way to say goodbye and gain closure in a more upbeat and comfortable way.
– Certain ceremonial aspects of religious funeral services that follow the customs and practices of a particular religion.
– In California, a licensed person who acts as a provider of information and options, takes a family’s instructions, coordinates funeral details, and directs the funeral service. Synonymous with less often used terms “Mortician” and “Undertaker”.
– A licensed establishment that is qualified to prepare the deceased, arrange services, and conduct the services or events. In many states, funeral establishments, embalmers, and funeral directors must be licensed. However, this is not the case in all states.
– A Roman Catholic traditional Mass of Christian Burial service that is a final honor to the deceased.
– While “funeral” practices are becoming more and more varied, a “funeral service” is generally thought of as following a more traditional format. A typical traditional funeral service might include viewing/visitation/calling hours with the casketed remains of the deceased present, a church or mortuary service, with an escorted procession to the cemetery and a graveside committal service. A traditional service can also be concluded with the deceased being cremated rather than having a graveside service.
Here is how we are different: We have many skilled directors who can help facilitate the needs of families who want a traditional funeral service as well as helping families who want something different. Not only can we help with more traditional needs we can also help families plan a unique event like nothing that they have seen before. We have held services on the beach, private clubs, sports arenas, stadiums, parks, restaurants, hotel penthouses, homes, backyards, botanical gardens, clubhouses, and more.
– The area in the earth where the deceased will be buried.
– A concrete container in which the casket is placed for burial. This can also be placed on top of the casket after it has been lowered into the grave. This protects the casket and stabilizes it underground to prevent shifting due to natural earth processes. Many cemeteries require a grave liner or a vault.
– When the only service or ceremony is held at the cemetery grave site. There are also cryptside and nicheside services. Due to the fact that the service mostly takes place outside (unless it is inside a mausoleum), there are usually no sound systems, video display systems, and there is limited seating (mostly standing room). The service or ceremony may be affected by wind and weather (so photo displays are not encouraged), restroom facilities and access to refreshments is limited.
On the other hand, there are some very unique ceremonies that are only possible outdoors, such as: white bird releases, balloon releases, butterfly releases, veteran’s 21 gun salutes, and horse drawn carriages. There are several things that can be done inside, as well as at a graveside service, such as: mariachi, bagpipers and drummers, harpists, guitarists and other musicians, flower placement ceremonies, eulogies and sharing memories.
For some people, there is also a very special significance of being with their loved one for the first time at their final resting place.
– The traditional funeral car that ceremonially transports the decedent to services and the cemetery.
Holy Cards/Prayer Cards
– A small card with a design, photo, or religious artwork on one side and the decedent’s name and a prayer or poem on the other side. The card is passed out at the services as a keepsake.
– A donation given to the church or clergy as a gift from the family.
– Friends or family members selected by the family who escort the decedent’s casket to services from the funeral car to the place of service in honor of the deceased. These pallbearers do not actually carry the casket and usually walk before or behind the casket.
– To place the deceased in a grave, niche or mausoleum in a cemetery or memorial park.
– The act of placing the deceased in a grave, niche, or mausoleum cemetery or memorial park.
– The act of placing the cremated remains into an urn as well as the act of placing the decedent’s urn into a niche or burial site.
– A traditional Catholic mass held in memory of the deceased without the decedent’s casket present. In some churches, a memorial mass might also include the decedent’s cremated remains being present.
– An indoor or outdoor building, where casketed or cremated remains are placed in crypts (casketed) or niches (cremated). These can be constructed for an individual, a family, or be one building for a large number of people.
– A table that is draped by a cloth and available during the viewing, service or event and reception to display personal items. These items include things that represent hobbies and interests; some of the decedent’s “favorite things”; photos, golf clubs, baseball caps, gardening gloves, fishing poles, awards, needlepoint, photos of travel destinations, war memorabilia, or any other memorabilia that would remind family and guests of their loved one.
– A small and simple printed bi-fold program that usually contains a photo of the deceased or a design on the cover. The inside usually contains a poem, hymn or passage; birth and death dates; birth and death places; and basic service information.
– Also known as a headstone. Can be made of granite, marble or various metals, used to mark the grave of the deceased and is placed at the head of the grave.
– A celebration or farewell service without the casketed remains of the deceased present. Often, an urn holding the decedent’s cremated remains and/or a photograph will be present in memory of the deceased. These services can be religious or non-religious and are held in any type of venue.