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

Social Media Meets Funeral Service- The Pros and Cons

Social media is intrinsically woven into the lives of most people in the modern-day. It isn't uncommon for families to use these platforms even when there is a death in their family, and they make...

Funeral Etiquette 101

A funeral is essentially a solemn affair, as there are many grieving individuals there. So if you are attending one, this is something you need to keep in view, and the etiquette that you follow sh...

Is Live Streaming the Future of Funeral Services?

Communications technology has advanced considerably over the years. It has infiltrated almost every field, allowing people to work from home, attend online classes, communicate with friends across ...

Cremation Facts - Everything You Need to Know

Cremation is an ancient way of disposing of a body and it is still prevalent in different cultures, particularly in Asia. The rite has become popular in the West in recent years as well. At Wagg Fu...

Building The Perfect Video Memorial For Your Loved One

A video memorial is a good way to highlight the deceased individual's life, personality, achievements, and contribution to society. It can be a beautiful tribute that showcases your love and feelin...

Steps to Take to Pre-Plan Your Funeral Service

Funeral pre-planning has become popular in recent years. People like to idea of maintaining some control over how their funeral and burial is handled. At Wagg Funeral Home, we offer pre-planning se...

How to Help Someone Who Has Lost their Pet?

Pets can be trusted companions and an important part of someone’s support system. Many disabled individuals use service dogs while people dealing with anxiety, depression, or panic disorders rely o...

Financial Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Funeral pre-planning has become very popular in recent years because it offers several great advantages. It is the process of recording your funeral requirements and preferences with a funeral home...

What to Expect After the Funeral Service

People often become engrossed in funeral planning, arrangements, and service immediately after a loved one dies. They have tasks like contacting family members, hiring a local funeral home, discuss...

Top Tips on Staying Safe in Public During the Pandemic

Today, it has become increasingly difficult for us to keep ourselves and our families safe from the COVID-19 threat.  This virus is extremely deadly, and it also lingers in the air for a very ...