Funeral Terminology

By: Brian K. Daly
Monday, March 16, 2020

If you have never planned or attended a funeral, it is easy to be confused by some of the terminology used during the process. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we often have to explain what a word or phrase means to the clients during the planning process. Here’s a look at some of these phrases:

1. Advanced Planning

Advanced planning is the process of planning your funeral so the family members don't have to bear the burden. It also helps ensure your wishes are followed to the letter and all dues are paid in advance.

2. Ashes

Ashes are the byproduct of a cremation. When the body is reduced to small debris, it is collected from the cremation chamber and ground into a fine powder. This powder is given to the family for burial or scattering.

3. Burial Permit

Family members can bury or burn a deceased individual’s body until they have a permit from local authorities. The funeral director will handle the permit application process and ensure you have the paperwork in time.

4. Burial Flag

Military veterans get a burial flag upon death as long as they aren’t dishonorably discharged. The flag is displayed during the funeral and given to the closest family member.

5. Closed Casket

Some families choose to hold a closed-casket funeral because the deceased's body is severely decomposed, injured, or distressing. A closed casket means no one can see the body.

6. Embalming

Embalming is the process of using chemical agents to stall decomposition and preserve the body. Many family members choose this option because they want to delay funeral services until everyone can attend.

If you want to know more about the terminologies or want to arrange for a funeral service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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