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Q: What do Funeral Directors and Embalmers do?
A: Primarily they care and safeguard the deceased person until final disposition. Recently, the control of the spread of communicable disease by embalming has become very important. Embalming also allows the delay of the funeral until distant relatives and friends can arrive. Funeral directors receive training in the grief process and are able to help families during the bereavement process. They also arrange and provide an orderly series of events that finalize the funeral, the final disposition, and legal paperwork so the family can proceed forward.
 
Q: Why have a funeral service?
A:  For those who are left behind, a funeral provides a time and a place for family and friends to gather for support and to reminisce; an opportunity to remember the life and accomplishments of a loved one; a chance to say goodbye; and the focal point from which the healing process can begin. The funeral identifies that a person’s life has been lived, not that a death has occurred. It is also important to notify the community that this person has died. There are people beyond the immediate family who have the need to grieve the death.
 
Q:  Are the services of a funeral director necessary to bury the dead?
A:  In the State of Texas, a funeral director is not required to be present for the burial unless his services have been paid for. The cemetery must also be provided with the required legal paperwork before burial which is one of the services of a funeral director.
 
Q: Is a funeral or memorial service always held in a funeral home or place of worship?
A: A service can usually be held at any location that family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. Your funeral director can assist with arranging a meaningful service location.
 
Q:  Why are funerals so expensive?
The main reason is that adequate staff must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve. Beyond that there is a great range in prices for services and merchandise from your local funeral directors, depending on the type of funeral you purchase and each company’s price structure. The perception that funerals are too expensive usually can be attributed to a lack of familiarity with the normal price range. If the price for certain goods and services seem to be too high, you should check into different types of funerals and different funeral homes until you find the price that fits your budget. Although funerals can be expensive, their increase in cost has been less than the increase in cost of other important event ceremonies in our life, like weddings.
 
Q: What are the options concerning the time of a service?
A:  While most services are held during the standard workweek: 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, some families chose the weekend or off hour times for special reasons and these can usually be accommodated.
 
Q:  Do funeral directors have the opportunity to take advantage of the bereaved??
A:  The most important quality that enables the funeral director to provide services in the community is his or her reputation for honesty and good will. In fact, a good reputation is the key factor in being able to stay in business. If a particular funeral director took advantage of the bereaved, it would not be long before the community responded to those actions by going to a different funeral director.
 
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