The death of a loved one brings about many questions and uncertainties when making decisions about the funeral. We hear many questions and thought it would be helpful to provide a resource of answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding funeral services.
- Q: What is a funeral?
A: A funeral service provides an opportunity for the loved one’s family and friends to share in the loss, offer their respects and to grieve. The funeral allows the bereaved to take their first step towards emotional adjustment to the loss.
- Q: Are there service options?
A: The service is usually held at a place of worship or at the funeral home and the actual service varies according to religious denomination or the wishes of the family. A private service is by invitation only while a memorial service is usually a celebration of life service without the body present and/or more informal with unique aspects added.
- Q: Why should we have a public viewing?
A: The visitation and viewing is part of many cultural or ethnic traditions and considered to aid in the grieving process.
- Q: Can I personalize my funeral service?
A: Certainly and it is actually recommended. The service is a celebration of life and should be tailored to best represent the deceased loved one’s life.
- Q: What services does a Funeral Director provide?
A: Funeral Directors make arrangements for the transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral service and final disposition of the body. They also assist the bereaved in coping with death, provide advise and support, and recommend resources to help the loved one’s family.
- Q: What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
A: Yurs is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us at (630) 584-0060 or (630) 232-7337. We can offer immediate assistance and arrangement transportation for your loved one.
- Q: What should I do if the death occurs away from home?
A: Yurs can assist you if a death occurs anywhere on the globe. Call us at (630) 584-0060 or (630) 232-7337 and we will coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased on your behalf.
- Q: What is the purpose of embalming?
A: Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition and enables family and friends to view the deceased, if they wish.
- Q: Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
A: No, cremation is considered an alternative to earth burial or entombment, however, some may choose to do either with the urn. It is more common than not for families to still have a visitation, funeral or memorial service. The cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body.
- Q: Am I required to purchase a burial vault?
A: Most state or local laws do not require that you purchase a container to surround the casket for burial. However, many cemeteries require the container so the casket will not sink. A grave liner can also satisfy the requirement.
- Q: What advantages does a mausoleum burial offer?
A: Mausoleums are a viable alternative to those who may not like the idea of an underground burial or cremation. These crypts are both clean and dry and offer maximum land usage in a minimum amount of space when there is a growing shortage of available land for cemeteries.
- Q: What is a columbarium?
A: A columbarium is often located within a mausoleum, chapel or garden setting and constructed with many small niches to contain the cremains of your loved one.