*Immediate family members or others in charge will need to instruct those persons involved to call a funeral home and give the funeral director instructions requesting any assistance and directives you wish to have done immediately by the funeral home. (Example: Is embalming needed, or is cremation preferred with no embalming?)
*There will be time arranged for a meeting with the funeral director, and you may be asked if the body is to be embalmed or if cremation with no embalming is requested. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have needing an immediate answer.
*Specialists working with grief in families believe that viewing assists in the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Children exposed to the viewing process can ask questions and become aware of the process of life and death.
*The obituary is helpful to friends and family members in the community. lt is a public notice of the death and also a list of the service arrangements that have been made. Obituaries are placed in public newspapers and on local radio stations.
*At Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home several urns are kept in inventory and many others may be received in a short amount of time if the family wishes. An urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. lf an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container.
*The families that plan and prepay funeral related services in advance gain a financial benefit as well as the emotional benefit of knowing final arrangements have been made so other family members will not have to plan and pay all final arrangements.
*Many families come by the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and put down on paper their final wishes including biographical information, selection of minister, pallbearers, music for the funeral services and etc. Preplanning can give you and your family peace of mind without the emotions often involved after a death has occurred.