There are some important terms you should be familiar with to better navigate funeral homes in North Versailles, PA whether you’re dealing with a recent loss of a friend or family member or are getting a head start on planning for your own eventual passing.
Some of the most important terms to know are:
- Viewing: The time at which friends, family or funeral goers can view the casket. Death Notice: An article or newspaper section announcing someone’s death and providing funeral or memorial details.
- Embalm: Preserving a dead body by running preservative fluids through the arteries and veins.
- Bereaved: The deceased’s loved ones or immediate family.
- Columbarium: A wall with niches or holes in which cremation urns are housed.
- Flower Car: The car or vehicle used to transport the flowers from the church and/or cemetery to the funeral home.
- Funeral Director: The man or woman who works with the bereaved to plan and execute a funeral service and all accompanying details. Generally, funeral directors maintain or run funeral homes.
- Committal Service: A service in which the body is buried or interred.
- Cremains: Another word for cremated remains.
- Burial Certificate: A legal document authorizing burial. The same documents apply to cremations, and it made by your local government.
- Death Certificate: A document proving the cause of death, generally issued by the deceased’s doctor.
- Crematory: The furnace in which bodies are cremated. It can also refer to the building that houses the furnace.
- Eulogy: A speech praising, remembering and celebrating the deceased’s life.
- Mortuary: Another word for a funeral home.
- Memorial Service: A service held to honor the deceased when the body is not present.
- Reposing Room: A room in a funeral home that stores the body until the burial or funeral.
- Obituary: A death notice in a newspaper or on a website that gives a small biography of the deceased and often includes a photo.
- Plot: A piece of land, usually owned by an individual or a family, that’s reserved for two or more graves.
- Exhume: Digging up the remains of someone who was already buried.
- Funeral Spray: A floral tribute traditionally given to the bereaved at a funeral.
- Grave Liner: A wooden, metal or concrete casing that holds the casket in the ground. Grave liners help prevent the ground around the grave from sinking for safety and help keep the grass above the grave level as the earth settles for aesthetics.
- Pallbearers: Family, friends, or religious members that help carry the casket.
- Vault: Almost synonymous with grave liner, but vaults tend to be more expensive. Vaults are usually made of wood, metal or concrete.
Do you want more information on important funeral terms such as these, or on our North Versailles, PA funeral home services? Reach out to Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. You can pay us a visit or give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you in your time of loss and grief or if you want to get a jump start on planning.