Funeral Terminology

By: Myles O'Riordan
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Funeral terminology can be very confusing if you’re not a part of the industry. Many families struggle to understand them, which can hamper the planning process. At Wagg Funeral Home, we are always willing to answer any questions you may have regarding the process. Here’s a look at some of the terminology you may want to know:

1. Pre-Planning or Advanced Planning

Many people have specific ideas about how they want their funerals to go. Pre-planning allows you to record your wishes and organize your funeral in advance. The funeral director will make sure everything goes according to your preferences.

2. Burial Permit

You need to obtain permission from local authorities to bury a deceased family member. They will check to ensure there are no legal obstacles before granting the permit.

3. Cremation Permit

Cremation is final and there’s no option to exhume the body if needed. You can only go through with this process after a medical examiner clears the body and the local authorities provide a permit.

4. Embalming

Embalming is the process of preserving the body and stalling decomposition. You can choose this option if you want to delay the funeral service and still hold a viewing.

5. Closed Casket

In some cases, the deceased’s body is severely decomposed or visibly damaged. Families can choose a closed casket funeral to ensure no one can see the body. The lid is nailed shut and the casket is properly sealed for the service.

6. Burial Flag

Active or retired military professionals can get a burial flag upon death as long as they aren’t dishonorably discharged. The flag is showcased at the funeral service as a way to honor the veteran’s contribution.

If you want to know about our funeral or memorial services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Wagg Funeral Home today and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Can I Scatter Cremated Remains In A Public Place

After the cremation of a loved one, many Canadians follow the practice of scattering the ashes which you can disperse in several locations. To avoid violating local laws and regulations, however, t...

Are All Caskets The Same Size?

Several customers at Wagg Funeral Home inquire about the size of the caskets and wonder whether they are all the same size. That is not the case. A standard-sized one will usually serve if you need...

5 Advantages Of Urn Vaults

If a loved one has passed away and you are considering cremation, you will be given the person's ashes following the process. The cremains would need to be stored in a container—most often urns are...

Does A Funeral Service Have To Be Held In A Funeral Home Or Church?

There are two different events following a person's death: viewings and funerals. The body is presented before burial, and people can pay their respects to the deceased. Attendees can meet the dece...

Cremation vs. Burial Costs

While cremation has been around for centuries, not many people in North America opt for it. However, with many people preferring fewer complexes and demanding funeral arrangements, there seems to b...

Care Essentials While Grieving The Loss of a Loved One

When someone you care about passes, it can be tough to cope with the loss and the pain you experience. The way an individual grieves is a subjective experience. While you are trying to come to ter...

Can I Rent A Casket For A Ceremony Or Gathering Before Cremation?

As funeral prices continue to grow, some families may explore alternatives to save money. The expense of the coffin or casket is one of the most costly aspects of traditional funerals. Even if the ...

Ambiguous Grief and How to Deal With It

Human beings are capable of experiencing sadness in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. The most understandable form of grief is that produced by the loss of a loved one. Death is the e...

4 Unique Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

Saying goodbye for the final time may be difficult, and most families want to see loved ones go in style. There are several unique and creative methods to commemorate a loved one in a dignified man...

Breaking Down The Cost Of A Funeral Service

Funerals may be expensive, particularly if you want specific services. Many people are not sure of what expenses are involved while planning one. At Wagg Funeral Home, we've seen that con...