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A licensed funeral director is trained to handle all of the aspects of death care and preparation of the deceased. They also have the training and skillset to support the bereaved in designing all portions of the funeral or other honoring event. Working with a competent and compassionate funeral director will simplify the process and help to keep you from being too overwhelmed when planning a funeral home and cremations in West Chester, PA.
Funeral directors wear many hats. Their licensure gives them legal access to transporting and caring for deceased persons. They are involved with bringing your loved one into the care of the funeral home after death occurs. Day or night-- all year long-- they are available to help as soon as a call comes in. The director’s expertise allows them to handle the preparation of the final remains, including washing, embalming, applying makeup, and clothing the dead for viewing and burial. Funeral directors also oversee cremation procedures.
This professional handles other items: filing for death certificates and assisting agents with claims for insurance, social security, or veteran’s benefits. The expert funeral director has a clear understanding of the needed merchandise for specific services and can help the next of kin to find the perfect casket, urn, etc. They work carefully to meet their client’s needs and budgets. The funeral director will ensure that the floral order is placed in plenty of time to have the arrangements delivered and ready for all applicable funerary services.
The director of a funeral works closely with the family to design the remembrance services that are desired. They spend the time to help create and submit an obituary notice for public posting. Taking whatever time is necessary, they’ll help to ensure that the details are in place. This compassionate expert also coordinates the scheduling of the desired venue, clergy, police escort, transportation, and cemetery needs.
Funeral directors look carefully to the well-being of those profoundly shocked and beginning to process the loss of a loved one. Directors will connect the bereaved family and loved ones with as many appropriate grief support resources as they can. As highly trained professionals, they will be watching for signs of people in crisis and intervene when necessary.
Finding ways to honor your loved ones as you lay them to rest can be very supportive to putting you and other grieving loved ones on the start of a strong healing path. Multiple formats can be chosen and further customized for your unique situation.
Funerals: The full traditional service of a funeral may be very customary or modernized. Full services include a funeral wake or viewing event held before the funeral. This can offer a meaningful opportunity for condolences to be given to family and friends and to pay your final respects to the deceased. It can help immensely to have this chance to bring a slight sense of closure to the relationship. Funerals can be customized for any walk of life, faith tradition, or themed to reflect the deceased's interests.
Memorials: If more time is needed to plan services, a memorial service may be a fantastic alternative to a traditional funeral. Some families prefer an immediate burial or cremation to handle the remains. However, a memorial can be held right away or up to several months later. Like a funeral, having this type of service can be a very healing event.
Burial or Graveside Ceremony: Sometimes, a minor scale service seems best. Funerals and memorials can be minimal and intimate or massive events. A burial or graveside service may be perfect for some families. This service is held at the site of final disposition, usually a cemetery or memorial park.
Cremations: A full cremation service constitutes the cremation services to handle the remains and a publicly held honoring service. Some families even choose to have both a
funeral home and cremations in West Chester, PA, for the same individual. In this case, the funeral is offered first, and then the cremation service is completed.
Call Donohue Funeral Home
Selecting a funeral home to guide you through the process of end-of-life arrangements should not leave you feeling more stressed than you already are. If you are in need of a funeral home and cremations in West Chester, PA, we urge you to give us a call at Donohue Funeral Home.
Our caring and highly qualified funeral directors and staff are ready to give you all the support of our extensive expertise and compassionate service. With more than a century of historical service in the area, we have come to know what works well and what does not. Trust Donohue Funeral Home to help you handle these delicate arrangements just right.