Choosing Your Funeral Home
How do you go about choosing the right funeral home in Holland, MI, and then arrange all the funeral services?
No matter if you’re pre-planning for your own funeral, or planning for a loved one, it’s helpful to know what steps you need to take to make all the necessary arrangements. The most important steps include:
- Choose Which Services You Want – There are a few different types of funerals and cremations, and the first step is to choose which one you want. The two main types of cremation you can choose from are traditional cremation and direct cremation. Traditional cremation involves a funeral before the cremation, while direct cremation happens before any type of service. You can also choose various funeral services, such as traditional funerals with burials, viewings, wakes and many more.
- Obtain a Death Certificate – You will have to furnish a death certificate in order for any funeral home to process the body. If you don’t already have one, some funeral homes may help you get one for an extra charge. Be sure to get extra copies, as you will need a death certificate copy for many stops along the way. If you need copies after you’ve already submitted the original, contact your local county records office.
- Complete the Burial or Embalming Authorization Forms – Before any body can be embalmed or buried it needs to be held and examined by the county coroner or medical examiner. The examiner must fill out and sign an authorization form showing information including:
- Date of birth
- Pacemakers or other implants
- Infectious diseases
- Time, place and cause of death
- Arrange Body Transportation – Most funeral homes provide transportation for the body from the place of death, medical office or storage to the crematorium or funeral home. In some cases, the family must arrange separate transportation.
- Choose and Purchase a Casket – You will also need to choose and purchase a casket for the body. This is true even if you choose a direct cremation, as you will still need a cremation casket for the body to be cremated in.
- Determine Post Funeral Plans – The remains will be returned to you after the cremation or funeral, and you must make plans for what to do with them. Some common options are burying or interring bodies, and scattering, displaying or storing cremains. Scattering is very common and is when loved ones, friends or family scatter the remains in a special place, or even into water. Others choose to bury or inter remains in the ground, a mausoleum, or a columbarium.
Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care is here for you if you want or need more assistance with arranging funeral services, or choosing the best Holland, MI funeral home for you and your needs. You can stop by and visit us at 3627 Linden Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548 United States or give us a call at (616) 452-3006 for information on what we can do for you.