Local Cremation Blog

Funeral visitation (Part 2): What to say

June 22nd, 2018

In my last blog, I talked about where to have a visitation and who should attend. But that’s not all there is to know. I’d like to share a little more on the topic for those who are unfamiliar with the tradition and purpose of having a time of visitation to talk with the family …

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Funeral visitation: What to know before you go

May 30th, 2018

If you have attended a traditional funeral, you’ve likely also been invited to a visitation, viewing or wake. All of these are opportunities for family and friends to pay their last respects and begin to have some closure. If the deceased or a family member is close to you, I recommend making the extra effort …

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Mortician, Funeral Directors, Undertakers and Embalmers. What’s the difference?

March 20th, 2018

What do you call the person who helps plan and oversee a funeral? Chances are, you use the terminology your parents used. For most people the terms funeral director, mortician, undertaker, and embalmer are used interchangeably. So, what is the right term to use when? The role of a funeral director is straight forward. They …

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Why are caskets so expensive?

February 22nd, 2018

Caskets (or coffins), are a focal point of most traditional funerals. Caskets are placed at the front of the church, are present at the cemetery, and are on display during a public visitation. They also can expensive. But why? My answer is…It doesn’t have to be. The casket is one of the most important items …

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Extra funeral home fees. Are they legal?

February 13th, 2018

When I talk with families about making burial or cremation arrangements for their loved one, the topic of the “extra fees” comes up. Because of Local Cremation & Funeral’s business model, we have very few “extra fees” but I know with many funeral homes these can be extensive and it’s important to understand them before …

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