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Glossary of Funeral Terms

Funeral & Cremation Terms

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There are 5 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
Death Benefits
When a person dies, the survivors may be eligible for Social Security benefits and/or Veterans Benefits.
Death Certificate
A death certificate is required by law after a person dies. Two parties must complete the death certificate – a medical professional (either a physician, coroner, or medical examiner) who will certify the death by noting the cause of death, time of death and the identity of the deceased; and a licensed funeral director, who will confirm that the body was properly handled.
Direct Burial
A simple burial with no viewing or visitation, which usually involves only the transportation, care, of burial of the remains.
Direct Cremation
A simple cremation with no ceremony, viewing or visitation.
This term refers to the placement of cremated or whole remains in their final resting place.