What type of service should I have?
Only you can answer that question. The type of service conducted for the deceased, if not noted in a pre-plan, is decided by the family. The service is usually held at a place of worship or at the funeral home. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination or the wishes of the family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgment of friendship and support. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the family's community and religious affiliations.
What do funeral directors do?
A funeral director is a professional that provides competent and sympathetic support during the arrangement of funeral rites and the respectful disposition of the body of a loved one.
The funeral director is often a great comfort during a time when loved ones find handling all the details associated with death a difficult task. With dignity and a understanding of how to assist persons in grief, the funeral director gently guides loved ones through a tough period, allowing them to honor the deceased in a way that is proper and respectful.