A Guide to Funeral Service Providers and What They Do

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Funeral Services — Sources at a Glance

In today’s competitive funeral industry, consumers have many choices — which can lead to confusion. The following table summarizes the choices of funeral service providers you’ll need to know when you need to make funeral service and funeral product decisions.

Who to call …

When you need:

Funeral Home

“Storefront” Funeral Service

Cremation Service

Memorial Society

Cemetery

Specialty Retailer

Monument Company

Specialty Internet Service

To transfer the body from place of death

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To prepare and present
the body

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To direct funeral services

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Caskets, urns,vaults, etc.

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Grave markers

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Grave marker installation

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Burial or crypt space

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Burial services

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Cremated remains scattered

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Filing of legal documents

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Floral arrangements

Florists

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Out-of-town transportation

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To publish the obituary

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See related topics:

Funeral Directors
Funeral Homes
Cemeteries
Alternative Funeral Providers

Go to Funeral Guide — Index of Topics.