Even though planning your funeral in advance sounds like a good thing, there is a good chance that you will feel a little overwhelmed about the process of facing your own mortality. The best way to make this easier is to approach the meeting with a funeral director as one that is related to business and finances. Just as if it would be if you were preparing for a major business meeting, it is imperative that you understand the meaning behind common terms and phrases that will be used while you are planning and making arrangements.
Bereaved - When speaking of a funeral, the bereaved refers to your immediate family and friends who will likely be in attendance at the visitation and funeral services.
Display Room - The display room in the funeral home is the place that you will be taken to look at funeral-related merchandise, such as casket choices, clothing, or floral arrangements examples.
Eulogy - The eulogy is a brief speech usually given by friends and family members of the deceased that commemorates the life they had. You may be asked who you would like to deliver eulogies at your funeral service.
Funeral Spray - The funeral spray is the flower arrangement that is splayed across the top of the casket during the services. You will be given the opportunity to choose certain characteristics of the funeral spray, such as the type of flowers used and what the ribbon should say.
Inurnment - This is commonly a term that is used to refer to the procedure where the cremated remains, or ashes, are placed into an urn for keeping. This is usually done at the crematorium, but may also be performed during the funeral ceremony.
Cremation Niche - Once the ashes have been placed in an urn after cremation, you may choose to place the urn in a viewing area at a mausoleum that is referred to as a cremation niche. This is simply a recessed place in a wall where the urn can be viewed and is sometimes encased in glass.
Flower Car - During a funeral, there are typically many flower arrangements that have been given by the bereaved. If you prefer, these flower arrangements can be brought to the cemetery for graveside service display. If you choose this service, you will be asked about a flower car, which is simply a vehicle used to carry the floral arrangements after the funeral.
By understanding some of the key terms that may be used when you are planning your funeral you will be better equipped to take on the task. If there is a concept brought up that you do not understand, be sure that you ask questions to gain clarity in order to make the best decisions about your funeral. To learn more, visit Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.