Frequently Asked Funeral Questions

Many people dealing with a funeral home for the first time have a few questions about the services we offer. Here are the answers to some of them most frequently asked.

What is the purpose of embalming? Embalming provides for the disinfection, preservation and restoration of a dead body. It arrests the deterioration of the body and allows time to plan and organize viewing, services and the final disposition.

Is embalming required? While embalming is not required by law it will be required by a funeral home if a dead human body is to be displayed for viewing in the funeral home or at another location such as a church.

What is cremation?  Cremation is a process using heat to reduce a human body to ash and bone fragments.

What is direct cremation? The body is cremated as soon as the proper legal authorization and doctor’s signature on the death certificate can be arranged without embalming, viewing or visitation.

What does one do with cremated remains?   They can be placed in an urn for safe keeping, buried in a cemetery, scattered or buried on private property.

Can I have a visitation and funeral service if I choose cremation?  Yes. After all visitation and services are completed the final disposition of the body can be a cremation.

What should I do if death occurs in the middle of the night or on a weekend? Telephone the funeral home immediately. Chulick Funeral Home’s telephone is answered by a human being 24 hours a day. A funeral director will verbally instruct you and answer your questions.

What is the difference between a funeral service and a memorial service? The main difference is that the dead body is present at a funeral service. If the body is not present it is a memorial service. Sometimes a memorial service is conducted long after the body has been buried, entombed or cremated.

What  should I provide to the funeral home when making funeral arrangements?   You will need to provide the decedent’s social security number, birth date, parents’ names, surviving spouse name (if any) and employment and/or schooling information for the death certificate. Depending on the services you choose, you may need to bring decedent’s photograph, clothing, cemetery information, veteran’s discharge papers for military honors, and name of clergy or church to be contacted.

What is the purpose of a funeral or memorial service? It provides part of the grieving process, a way to remember and honor our cherished dead and to provide a time and opportunity for family and friends to gather to support each other and to reflect on the life of the deceased person.

What are some benefits of planning your own funeral? If you plan your funeral, and especially if you cover the expenses in advance, you can help reduce the stress on your family and other survivors. The stress and grief of death are hard enough to deal with, without having also to make detailed funeral arrangement decisions and to secure funds for your funeral.