Funeral homes are very unique places. Their sole purpose is to manage and facilitate funerals and funeral ceremonies. With this in mind they really are usually the most experienced when it comes to offering help at a difficult time.
Can I embalm/bury or cremate/spread ashes in a funeral homes?
Many funeral homes facilitate embalming, many others offer cremation and some can offer burial services. While most will not have burial sites on the grounds they will, on most occasions have a close relationship with cemeteries and burial sites of any number of religious and non-religious institutions.
Can I conduct the viewing or visitation in a funeral home?
This is possible in almost all funeral homes and for many this is the most natural and normal location for their visitation or viewing. What is helpful about a funeral home approach is that they are well accustomed to preparing and managing most approaches to visitations so in most instances an unusual funeral practice is not so difficult. This being said you will need to inform them of your own or the deceased person’s preferences as their are a lot of options to choose from.
Can I conduct the religious/civil service of a funeral in a funeral home?
This is also relatively popular. Funeral homes frequently hold religious ceremonies and many are easily capable of facilitating even relatively unusual or uncommon religious practices. Most religious leaders will also be happy to carry out their ceremonies in a funeral home however some will not. Some religions or religious authorities will insist on the service occurring in the place of worship so make sure to ask before booking if this is important. Non-religious services can take place in funeral homes, usually completely without hinderance.
Can I have a post funeral reception in a funeral home?
Funeral homes may or may not have food and drink facilities and they may or may not allow their rooms to be used for this purpose. The best bet is to ask, however for many the post funeral reception is best placed in a different location from the rest of the ceremonies. A little distance from the rawness of the loss can be helpful.