What To Expect Before The Funeral?

By: Louis Bruno
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Funeral planning is a fairly complex process so it is common for people to be intimidated by it. Fortunately, a trained funeral director can handle all aspects of the event and provide straightforward advice on what to expect. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we like to keep our clients informed and are always willing to answer their questions. Here’s a look at what you can expect before a funeral:

1. Handling the Body

After a person dies, the body must be transported to a funeral home. You just need to call a local establishment and request a pick-up. In most cases, the funeral home will provide detailed information on how to manage the paperwork related to the body. This is also the time to discuss the funeral process and decide whether you want a cremation or burial. The funeral home will make arrangements accordingly.

2. Documentation

The body can't be disposed of without approval from the local government. The funeral home will apply for the death certificate and gain special permits for cremation. There's a small waiting period for a cremation to ensure there are no legal issues. Once the authorities provide their approval, we can proceed.

3. Planning

The planning process involves an in-depth discussion between the funeral director and family members. Directors will provide sound advice on different aspects of the event so you can make an informed decision. They will also explain all of the expenses involved clearly. Directors are responsible for hiring transport, booking a burial plot, booking cremation, buying caskets, contacting third-party members, and other such essential responsibilities. Family members have time to grieve and focus on their responsibilities.

If you want to know more about grief, memorial services, or cremation, don't hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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