Funeral Planning: Terms You Should Know

Description: There are a number of glossary terms that are associated with funeral services which are important to have an understanding of, should the need for the services of the funeral services homes in the US arise. The following is a list of some of the most commonly used glossary terms when planning for funeral services.

An administrator is one appointed by the court to take care of the estate of the deceased who hadn’t written a will.

An arrangement room refers to the room in the funeral home where bereaved family meets with the staff to make plans for the funeral services.

The attorney in fact refers simply to the person who is given power of attorney (the ability to make financial decisions for the deceased or incapacitated).

A beneficiary is one who receives the proceeds from the deceased’s will and/or insurance policy.

A gift of property designated in a will is called a bequest.

Bereaved refers to the members of the deceased’s immediate family.

Burial permits are documents required by certain states before being allowed to bury or cremate the deceased’s remains.

A casket is a large container designed to carry the deceased’s body or remains.

The cemetery is the burial ground used to conduct final funeral rites or services.

Cremation means burning human remains using highly intense heat, while a crematory is the building which has a furnace set aside for cremation purposes.

Death certificate refers to a legally binding document issued and signed by either medical professional or coroner allowed by the law to perform such a task.

A display room is where you can view the products in the funeral home such as caskets and urns among others.

Disposition simply refers to any methods in which the body remains will be disposed of finally.

Embalming refers to the use of chemicals to preserve human remains on a temporary basis.

Eulogy refers to speaking publicly about the praiseworthy deeds of the deceased during the funeral.

A funeral director refers to one who professionally prepares the body of the deceased for burial, in addition to supervision of burials and maintaining funeral homes for future use.

Funeral insurance is a policy designed to cover all funeral expenses and costs.

Funeral home is also referred to as a mortuary and is where the deceased’s body is preserved while awaiting burial.

A funeral service can by any ceremony, religious or not, in which the bereaved say their goodbye’s to the deceased before they are put to rest.

Green Burial is a newer term, it refers to a burial processes without the use of chemical preservatives. The body is buried in a simple container that is better for the earth.

Morgues are places where the dead are kept as they wait to be properly identified by their next of kin.

A niche refers to the inner chamber where urns are placed.

In cemeteries you get charged opening and closing fees which refer to the costs incurred in having the grave dug and refilled.

Pallbearers are family or close friends of the deceased who carry the casket.

Probate refers to the process in a court where the will’s validity has to be proven.

Remains, of human, refer to the deceased’s body.

A trust, usually in the form of a fund, is managed by one person for the beneficiary of the trust (usually a younger family member)

Urns refer to special containers designed to hold the remains of humans who have been cremated.

Usually held at a funeral home, a visitation is when a body is put on display where friends and family can visit the body and pay their respects.

Wake is an exercise carried out by the family or friends of the deceased of watching over his/her body before burial.

A will is a legal document where the deceased has stated their wishes for the dispersal of their assets, what to do with the remains, and other matters.

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