What does the funeral home do?
What happens after someone dies: A family member, friend, or hospital
contacts the funeral home and rabbi, if available. The funeral director
transfers the deceased to the funeral home. The deceased is placed
under refrigeration in lieu of embalming. The funeral director meets
with the family to complete funeral arrangements. The funeral director
gathers information for the death certificate (and later obtains
certified copies for the family), funeral notice (obituary), and
other information related to the details of the funeral. The funeral
home places the obituary, contacts the rabbi, cemetery, and if necessary
the burial society (chevra kadisha) and watcher (shomer).
The family will complete arrangements with the cemetery. The funeral
director can assist with a monument at that time or at a later date.
The funeral home offers merchandise such as caskets, vaults, burial
shrouds, etc. The funeral director directs the funeral at the cemetery,
chapel, synagogue, or other location. (The series of events that
take place following a death will vary. The information provided
here is general and meant to give you some sense of what to expect.)
Dresslerís Jewish Funeral Care will:
Help you find a rabbi
Help you choose a cemetery
Come to your home to complete funeral arrangements at ANY time
Help you with pre-planning and pre-paying
Pre-Arranging A Funeral:
When it is practical or possible, making funeral arrangements in
advance of need can provide the peace of mind that all details have
been taken care of in a way that is satisfying to one's self and
one's survivors. A family discussion combined with our counsel can
assure that everyone involved feels comfortable with the arrangements.
Certainly we all would prefer that our loved ones be able to say
afterward "I am glad we did" rather than "I wish we had." Pre-planning
can help accomplish this goal. Today, making any kind of funeral
arrangements involves many choices and decisions. It is helpful
to consider all of the options and take time to ask questions before
making final decisions about such an important event. It is our
intent to help make the entire experience as positive as possible.
If you have already completed funeral arrangements and pre-paid
with another funeral home, Dresslerís Jewish Funeral Care will honor, accept,
and convert that account at ANY time and at no additional cost to
Pre-paying: You will benefit by setting up a pre-paid funeral.
It freezes the funeral home charges at today's prices. The money
is placed into an insurance policy, which you own. You may pay in
one lump sum, or you can set up monthly payments: 12 months same
as cash or 36, 60, or 120 monthly premiums for lower monthly payments.
||Jewish Way in Death & Mourning, by Maurice Lamm
||The Jewish Mourner's Book of Why, by Alfred
||Mourning in Halachah, by Rabbi Chaim Binyamin
(Sinai Chapels, Fresh Meadows, NY)
||The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia,
||When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rodgers
||Social Security Administration: (800) 772-1213
||Veterans Administration: (800) 827-1000
Funeral Directors Association)
(Georgia division of public health, vital records)
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