As with most words, the origins are Latin and the word “Funeral” is no exception, it comes from the word “funus”, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves.
Funeral history dates back to the Egyptians, who mastered the art of preservation.
Here is the United States the funeral industry did not emerge until after the Civil War. That is when the process and practice of embalming became widespread and accepted by the general public.
Before the Civil War, the deceased were often displayed in the parlor of the family home, this is where the term “funeral parlor” came from.
Funeral homes arrange the service in accordance with the wishes of the surviving family members. They also take care of necessary paperwork, permits, cemetery arrangements and provide obituaries to the news media. The wishes of the family may be a Traditional Religious Funeral, Non-Religious Humanist Funeral Service, Direct Cremation Service, Green/Natural Funeral Service or Burial at Sea.
A Traditional Funeral service consists of a visitation, a service conducted by a religious leader and gravesite committal service
The Non-Religious Humanist Funeral service, makes no reference to God. It focuses on the tribute section, in which family and friends share in.
With a Direct Cremation Service there is no visitation, ceremony or service beforehand. A Memorial service may be held later.
Green/Natural Funeral service is one that avoids embalming chemical, extraneous cement, steel or other non-biodegradable materials. This type of funeral requires fewer resources, so it is environmentally friendly.
A Burial at Sea is a type of funeral in which a deceased person’s body or ashes are released into the ocean, usually from a boat. Burials at sea are highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so it is advised to hire a company that specializes in this type of service.
The funeral service industry in the United States is an estimated 20.7 billion per year business with the average cost of a traditional funeral at between 8 – 10 thousand dollars.
Do you know that a funeral service and a memorial service are different? A funeral service is a service held to memorialize the deceased person with their body present. A memorial service is a service held to memorialize a deceased person without their body present.
The easiest way to remember this is; if the body is present, it is a funeral service. If the body is not present it is a memorial service.
In many funeral homes there is a chapel for a funeral or memorial service to be conducted.
A funeral allows family and friends to remember and honor their loved one in a special way. It serves as a gathering place for them to lend emotional support, express thoughts and feeling with one another.
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