Funeral Terminology

By: Graeme Hogle
Friday, May 14, 2021

For those who have never organized a funeral, the associated terminology may be perplexing. At Cremation Care Centre we strive to provide our clients with all of the knowledge they require to make informed choices. Here is a guide to funeral terms that you might come across when planning a funeral service:

1. Advance Planning 

The process of planning for the end of one's life is known as advance planning. People may leave instructions for funeral, cremation, remembrance, and other related arrangements. Advanced preparation may be as simple as a collection of written and registered directives or organizing all the details for a pre-paid funeral service.

2. Ashes

Ashes are the incinerated remains of a deceased person. They may be held in an urn, thrown into the wind, or placed in a cemetery.

3. Burial Flag

The VA gives a burial flag to the deceased veteran's relatives. To honor the hero, the flag is placed at the funeral.

4. Permit for Burial

This permit is issued by the local government following the death of a person. It enables the family to legally cremate or bury the dead. It is illegal to perform a burial or cremation without a permit.

5. Closed Casket

When the deceased person's body is placed in a closed casket and is not visible, it is referred to as a closed casket funeral/visitation. If the body has serious injuries or is decomposed, families prefer this choice.

6. Embalming 

Embalming is the method of preserving the body temporarily with chemicals and advanced techniques.

7. Columbarium

A columbarium is a place where the ashes of the deceased are held. Grieving family members may visit it in the same way as they would a gravesite.

If you want information on cremations and visitations, get in touch with us at Cremation Care Centre. You can call us at 416-255-0035 or register online.

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