When a death occurs, a series of events unfolds and many details must be taken care of by both the deceased’s family and their funeral director. When the funeral director receives notification of a death, he convey his condolences to the family, he then asks for the deceased’s name, address, telephone contact and next of kin and location of the deceased body.
The funeral directors next concern is to obtain the remains as soon as possible. If the person passed away in a hospital, the funeral director can usually obtain the remains within 48 hour unless the family request for an autopsy, which would necessitate a delay. If the death occurred at home, the funeral director can take the remains directly to the funeral homeupon signing of the medical certificate by the attending physician unless the deceased was not under a doctor’s care. In this case, the body is taken to Princess Margaret Hospital to be registered by the Medical Examiner before being placed in the morgue. The next working day, family members go to the morgue to make the identification of the body. The family/neck of kin must have his/her identification along with identification of the deceased. A member of the Restview team will meet you at the morgue. The funeral director will speak with person responsible for making the funeral arrangements and sets a time for the family to come to the funeral home to make the arrangements.
When the family arrives at the funeral home, the funeral director procures all the information for the death certificate, death notices for the newspapers, TV, and other necessary forms. The details of the funeral are discussed, including cost, type of service, number of program, color of flowersand the family is informed about National Insurance death benefit they may be entitled to receive. After the details of the funeral are completed, the family makes their burial casket selection.
If the deceased is to be buried, the family must select a cemetery plot if they do not already have one. If the deceased is to be cremated, the cremains can be scattered, buried, or placed in an urn or columbarium niche.
The day and time of the funeral is determined upon consultation with the chosen clergy. If the funeral is to be held in a church, the arrangements are made with the church. The church should provide the family with the order of service for the funeral.
Before the family leaves, the funeral director sets the time that the deceased will be ready for family viewing. The funeral home provides a private one hour viewing for the family. The day after family viewing is normally when public viewing is available.
The funeral director fills out two sections of the death certificate and has the doctor fill out the medical certification. He then files it with the registrar of births and deaths to be recorded on the Island where the death occurred.
Meanwhile the deceased is brought to the funeral home, embalmed, and any necessary restoration work done before cosmetics are applied. The remains are then dressed and placed in the casket the family selected. Since embalming preserves the body, it can be kept for viewing or burial in a distant place, or while awaiting the arrival of relatives to attend the funeral.
The viewing of the restored remains helps the bereaved family face the reality of the physical death. The last picture of a loved one can have a strong psychological effect on the mourners by relieving painful memories of a lingering illness or a bad accident. After several days of transition, the bereaved are able to release their desires for the body.
On the day of the funeral, the funeral director makes sure the casket, casket spray, wreaths, stands and programs are set up at the church. The female attendants visit the family at home, pray with the family members before they leave in the limousines for church. After the funeral service, the pallbearers place the casket in the hearse. The lead car with the funeral director and clergyman is followed by the hearse. Next come the immediate family, other relatives, and finally the friends of the deceased. The procession drives to the cemetery. After the clergyman performs the committal service at the grave or mausoleum crypt, the mourners usually leave the site after the casket is interred or placed in a grave. At the cemetery, our female attendant will do the acknowledgement. At public cemeteries, the conscientious funeral director remains at the gravesite until the cover is placed on the outer burial case. Our drivers will take the immediate family home or to the repast.
ANY PHOTOS, THE SIGNED REGISTER BOOK, WREATH CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY TUESDAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
SOME WAYS TO PERSONALIZE THE FUNERAL
- Display pictures or a collage of pictures taken throughout the person’s lifetime.
- Display personal items which depict awards, hobbies, sports, interests, etc.
- Open or closed casket for the service.
- Family participation in the funeral service.
- Family staying near the grave until the casket is lowered.
- Family may lay floral tributes on the casket after the interment at the grave site.
AT RESTVIEW, WE BELIEVE WE SERVE FAMILIES BEST WHEN WE LISTEN TO THEIR NEEDS AND OFFER THEM A CHOICE, A CHOICE IN SERVICE, FACILITIES AND COST.