Burying a child

It's one of the hardest things to have to bury your child. It feels like it goes against the natural order of things. It can be hard to find items that suit a young life being cut short and help you to truly remember the spirit of the child you are burying. This site has a collection of ideas and thoughts that can be used when coming up with memorial services that celebrate the short life and personality of your child. It can be a useful resource for family, communities or schools plan sympathetic funeral services for children and their loved one.

Common Funeral Director Terminology


If you have recently suffered the death of a loved one, and you are about to deal with a funeral director for the first time, you may be confused by some of the words he will use related to the funeral and the planning process. So to help you out, here are some common terms that funeral directors use on a frequent basis:

Death Certificate -- A funeral director may reference a death certificate, which is a legal document that confirms the death of your loved one and the burial date. After the funeral, the funeral director must register the death with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state where your loved one died. Once the death is registered, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages will create an official Death Certificate. If you want a copy of this certificate, you must apply for it and include copies of three forms of identification.

Medical Certificate -- A medical certificate of death is a legal document prepared by a physician or other health care professional, which details the cause of death of your loved one. A funeral director will ask for this certificate to ensure that the cause of death has been medically confirmed. The certificate often features medical terminology, but it is an important document, because without it a funeral director is not legally permitted to arrange a funeral.

Arrangement Conference -- A funeral director often makes reference to an arrangement conference, which is a meeting between you, your family and the funeral director to decide on the kind of funeral and burial that you want. Typically, you will discuss casket options, cremation options, whether you want a viewing, the type of headstone you want and any other issues related to a memorial service.

Death Notice -- A funeral director will also mention a death notice, which is also known as an obituary. Funeral directors have dealt with many deaths, so they can help you with the wording and content of the death notice so that it is strikes the right tone. Many obituaries also give details about funeral services, so they are usually printed after you have locked in the arrangements for the funeral.

Reposing Room -- When you choose a burial instead of a cremation, a reposing room is the place where your loved one's body is kept until it is transported to a casket or coffin and driven to the burial site. In some instances, funeral directors will hold a viewing in the reposing room if the space is big enough to accommodate mourners.

To learn more, contact a company like Tony Hollands Funerals with any questions you have.


2 July 2015