A funeral home, funeral parlour or mortuaries, is an establishment that offers funeral and burial services for both the dead and their close families. These services can consist of only a funeral and wake, and also the provision of a separate chapel for the funeral. Many times, funeral homes will also provide flowers for a wake and arrangement of memorial items. This is typically done by the funeral home in conjunction with the client. You may find more details about this at Click here.
A Funeral Director, Funeral Assistant or Mortuary Assistant is someone who works directly with the client and administers the various responsibilities associated with the death. They are responsible for coordinating the arrangements of the wake or funeral service, providing the guest list for the funeral services, bookkeeping and other duties that are needed. The Funeral Director, Funeral Assistant or Mortuary Assistant does not actually go to the funeral or hold the body. Often, they are called upon by the client to be present at the wake, which can mean a couple of hours on either end or just a few minutes, depending on the circumstances.
Some funeral directors and/or mortuaries offer direct service on site at the actual funeral service. These types of arrangements are usually less expensive but there may be additional fees associated with such service. Direct funeral directors pay for the transportation of the body from the place of death to the actual location of the funeral service. The headstone or marker may need to be transported as well.