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Funeral Information

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 you.

    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.

    More Information:

    Recommended Reading:
    1. Jewish Way in Death & Mourning, by Maurice Lamm
    2. The Jewish Mourner's Book of Why, by Alfred J. Kolatch
    3. Mourning in Halachah, by Rabbi Chaim Binyamin Goldberg
    4. www.jewishfunerals.com (Sinai Chapels, Fresh Meadows, NY)
    For Children:
    1. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.
    2. When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rodgers
    Self Help:
    1. Social Security Administration: (800) 772-1213
    2. Veterans Administration: (800) 827-1000
    3. www.nfda.org (National Funeral Directors Association)
    4. http://www.ph.dhr.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/index.shtml
    (Georgia division of public health, vital records)

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