Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What purpose does a funeral serve?

A funeral is a ceremony marking a person's death, the customary way to recognize death and its finality. The funeral and the ceremony that accompanies it are very important. For those who are left behind, a funeral provides a place for family and friends to gather for support and to reminisce; an opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one; a chance to say goodbye; and the focal point from which the healing process can begin.

Saying a meaningful "good bye" is the beginning of the healing process.

It is also important to notify the community that this person has died. There are people beyond the immediate family who may also grieve with you. The funeral celebrates that a person's life has been lived, not that a death has occurred. We encourage our customers to personalize their funeral service. One way is to bring personal items into the funeral home to be displayed in or near the casket such as favorite pictures, personal items, trophies, awards, golf clubs or any items favored by the deceased.

Why has a public viewing?

For many, viewing is a very important part of the funeral. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. It is time to say good bye to a loved one.

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming is a temporary preservation of a body. The process not only sanitizes the body, retards the decomposition process but also enhances the appearance of a body.

The primary purpose of embalming is for presentation of the deceased, to create an appropriate final visual memory of the deceased for the family and their friends. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition. It gives family members the time to make necessary funeral arrangements, notify family members.

Does a dead body have to be embalmed?

Embalming is not required by law, but most states require embalming when death was caused by a reportable contagious disease or when remains are to be transported from one state to another or overseas if the final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours. New Jersey law requires embalming when there are no plans to refrigerate a body that will not be buried or cremated within 48 hours of death. Many funeral homes will not allow a visitation or wake for a body that has not been embalmed for safety reasons. New Jersey's health laws do require that bodies be buried, cremated, embalmed or refrigerated within 48 hours after death.

Who Can Authorize Embalming?

A person who has the right to control the disposition of human remains includes authorization to embalm. It is determined by a person's relationship to the deceased as follows:

  • Funeral agent named in the will of the deceased person
  • Surviving spouse or N.J. registered domestic partner
  • Surviving children (majority needed)
  • Surviving parent(s)
  • Surviving siblings (if there are no children)
  • Other next of kin according to bloodline

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No. Cremation is an alternative method of final disposition made by family members. It does not prevent you from having visitation or funeral services. The funeral has many social, psychological and spiritual dimensions. It provides a setting for family and friends to share their memories and sorrow.

What are the options for cremated remains?

There are a variety of ways to care for the cremated remains such as:

  • Place in cremation urn
  • Place in Columbariums
  • Burials
  • Sharing with others
  • Scattering

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