A funeral home, church or mortuary, is an organization that offers funeral and burial services for the deceased and their immediate family. These services can include the provision of a funeral service at a chapel or graveside, and a traditional wake. A funeral can take place in a memorial or funeral chapel. There are many religious organizations that conduct funeral services. Many of these offer online webcasting of services.
The Funeral Home is an arm of the funeral industry. They usually maintain an inventory of funeral materials and often set up a customer order system where the client makes a payment and then has the items placed for pick-up by the funeral home staff. The inventory can consist of anything from the basic funeral program to personalized jewelry. The inventory is held in stock for emergency situations only. The funeral home keeps all inventory assets, including goods that are being sold, under the control of a general price management system.
The Funeral Home also distributes crematory inventory merchandise to the various funeral homes and other retailers. This includes goods such as the basic crematory equipment; the basic casket, cremation vault, crematory curtains, the crematory pyre, cremation head, cremationurn accessories, crematory furniture, crematory benches, and the like. Cremation merchandise is usually ordered in small quantities. In some cases, the funeral home may have to purchase larger quantities of specific merchandise to supply a certain number of retailers. For example, a retailer may need a thousand dollars of cremation inventory for a one-week period.
The Funeral Home also has the responsibility of handling any death certificates that may be needed for distribution to the family. The funeral home will make funeral arrangements to get this paperwork done. The actual certificates are normally handled by the cemetery. It is the responsibility of the funeral home to make sure the fee certificate has been paid. If the fee certificate is not paid within twenty-one days of the death, then the funeral home will pay for this itself, without ever seeing the remains.
Lastly, the funeral home may also make funeral arrangements to get the deceased's obituary and certificate of death finished. The funeral director may handle these matters personally or delegate this responsibility to someone else. If this responsibility is not delegated, then this responsibility will be passed on to the next in line. The funeral director will handle things such as receiving the obituary and submitting it to the proper agencies and authorities.
The Funeral Home will generally handle all the final details for the funeral arrangements. This includes where the body is going to be buried and how it will be transported to the final resting place. The funeral home may require embalming of the body as well as the viewing of the body. Most often, the actual merchandise distribution will take place at the time of the viewing. The family will have the choice at this time as to whether they want merchandise distributed ahead of time or at the viewing.