Court-appointed person placed in charge of the estate of a person who passed on without a will.
Cooling of the body immediately after death to room temperature and temporary stiffening of the muscles.
A container-typically heavy cardboard or chipboard-which does not meet the standards of a burial casket and is used to hold human remains for cremation.
Vehicle specifically constructed and equipped to transport injured, sick, or incapacitated persons.
Dividing cremated remains into portions for separate disposition. For example, a set of cremated remains could be divided into three portions, with one portion placed in an urn in a columbarium, another portion scattered in a favorite place, and yet another carried in a locket.
The name generally applied to an individual learning the embalming and funeral directing procedure under the supervision of a licensee.
The meeting at the funeral home when funeral arrangements are made.
A funeral home room used to make funeral arrangements with the family of the deceased.
See cremated remains.
To withdraw fluids and gases from the abdominal cavity.
Attorney in Fact
Any person granted the power of attorney.
Decorative drapes arranged on a frame and placed behind the casket as a background. Typically made of velour.
Recipient of the proceeds of a will or insurance policy.
Any gift of property made in a will.
The immediate family of the deceased.
Placing of a dead body in an underground chamber.
Burial Certificate / Permit
Legal permission issued by the local government authorizing burial or cremation.
Clothing made specifically for the deceased.
An insurance policy in which the principal is paid in funeral service and merchandise rather than cash.
A portable canvas shelter used to cover the grave area during a burial. Also called a tent.
A container-usually made of wood, metal, or fiberglass-designed for holding human remains. Also known as “coffin” or “burial case.”
A motor coach designed and used for the conveyance of the casket-ed remains from the place the funeral service is conducted to the cemetery. Also known as a Funeral Coach.
A device that allows caskets to be placed one on top of the other for display purposes.
A silk net or transparent casket covering for the purpose of keeping flies and insects away from the remains.
Placing of the body in the casket upon completion of embalming, dressing and cosmetizing.
The stand on which the casket rests while instate and during the funeral service.
An area of ground set aside for burial or entombment of the deceased.
An empty tomb or monument erected in memory or a person buried elsewhere.
Certified Death Certificate
A legal copy of the original death certificate, issued by local authorities at the request of family members, for the purposes of substantiating claims for insurance etc.
A large room in a funeral home where funeral services are held.
A collapsible catafalque used for funerals.
Those who employ the services of the funeral director.
An amendment to a will changing the original provisions.
Wedge-shaped burial case.
Structure or building designed for the housing of urns of cremated remains in recesses/niches.
The final part of a funeral service during which the remains are buried or entombed.
Any legal challenge to or question of the validity of a will.
A public official and in some cases a constitutional officer whose duty it is to investigate the case of death if it appears to be from other than natural causes, or if there was no physician in attendance for a long time prior to death.
The funeral procession.
Utilization of cosmetics to restore a life-like appearance to the deceased.
A stretcher-like carrier used to remove deceased persons from the place of death to the funeral home.
Also called ashes. The portion of a body remaining after cremation.
Reduction of the body to ashes by fire.
Certificate issued by local government authorizing cremation of the deceased.
A building with a specifically-designed furnace for the purpose of cremating human remains.
Vault or room used for keeping remains.
Cessation of all vital functions without the capability of resuscitation.
A legal document, signed by a coroner or other medical health professional certifying the death of an individual.
A paragraph in the relevant section of the newspaper informing people of a person’s death and giving those funeral details the survivors wish published.
Person in whom all physical life has ceased.
To remove the remains from the burial place.
A room in a funeral home set aside for viewing available caskets, urns, grave liners, etc.
Any manner in which remains will be finally taken care of, including ground burial, ash scattering of cremated remains, and all other forms of placement.
A floral arrangement placed on a door of a residence to announce that a death has occurred.
One who disinfects or preserves dead human bodies by the injection or application of preservatives and antiseptics.
The process of preserving a dead body by means of circulating preservative and antiseptic through the veins and arteries.
Liquid chemicals used in preserving a dead body.
An operating table usually constructed of metal with a porcelain surface upon which remains are placed for embalming.
Placing the body in a tomb.
When property and/or an estate is transferred to the government because a person has died without a will or an heir to his or her estate.
Federal and state taxes applied to any property that is transferred at death.
The moral code which guides the members of the profession in proper conduct of their duties and obligations.
A form of public speaking at funerals used to honor and praise the deceased.
Executor / Executrix
Person who administers an estate.
To dig up human remains.
Limousine used by immediate family in the funeral procession.
A room in the funeral home where the family can have privacy at the time of the funeral.
The last process the remains go through.
The funeral service.
A funeral director’s first visit to a place of death.
Vehicle used to transport flowers from the funeral home to the church and/or cemetery.
Flower Racks & Stands
Wooden or metal stands and racks of varying heights used for banking flowers around the casket.
Funeral director’s conference with the family for the purpose of completing financial and service details of a funeral.
Also casket coach or hearse. Motor vehicle designed to convey the casket from the funeral service to the place of burial in the cemetery.
A trained and certified professional who arranges and supervises the burial or cremation of human remains. Also called mortician or undertaker.
A building used for the purpose of embalming, arranging and conducting funerals.
Funeral insurance is an insurance policy designed to cover any costs directly related to your funeral.
Also burial insurance. An insurance policy, normally written for a small amount, which provides money for a funeral upon the death of the person insured.
A procession, usually in motor vehicles, from the church or chapel to the cemetery.
The rites conducted immediately before final disposition of the dead human body.
A large bouquet of cut flowers sent to the residence or the funeral home as a tribute to the deceased.
See prearranged funeral trust.
An excavation in the ground for the purpose of burying the deceased.
A method of identifying the occupant of a particular grave, usually including such data as the name of the individual, date and place of birth, date and place of death.
A receptacle made of concrete, metal or wood into which the casket is placed as an extra precaution in protecting the remains from the elements.
Also called direct burial. The process of burying a body without the use of chemical preservation in a simple container to help preserve the earth.
See casket coach.
Friends or members of a religious, social or fraternal organization who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased. Honorary pallbearers do not carry the casket.
The custom of presenting the deceased for viewing by mourners and others, prior to or after the funeral service.
An official inquiry or examination to determine the case of death.
The varied tools required in the embalming operation.
The act of burying a dead body in a grave.
Having left behind no legal will.
The process of placing cremated remains in an urn.
The car leading the funeral procession.
Remaining debts and mortgages, as they apply to the administering of an estate.
An authorization from the state granting permission to perform duties which, without such permission, would be illegal.
Life Insurance Trust
A trust funded from money provided from life insurance.
An automobile designed to seat five or more persons behind the driver’s seat.
A trust that has been established during the life of the trustee.
A legal document that details the wishes of an individual concerning his or her medical care, especially with respect to life-sustaining technology and resuscitation.
A mechanism used for lowering casket into the grave.
A building containing above-ground tombs or crypts.
A government official whose function is to perform autopsies on bodies dead from violence, suicide, crime, etc., and to investigate circumstances of death.
A marker used to identify a grave, crypt, urn placement site, or other place of final disposition.
A service conducted in memory of the deceased without the remains being present.
A room in the funeral home set aside for the use of the clergy person or officiant before and after a funeral service.
A place where human remains are kept pending autopsy or identification.
See Funeral Director.
See Funeral home.
An aspect of the funeral service profession dealing with the preparation of the body for final disposition.
Someone who is present at the funeral out of love and/or respect for the deceased.
A hollowed space in a wall made specifically for placing urns containing cremated remains.
An outdoor garden containing structures with niches.
A notice of death containing biographical details of the deceased.
Opening and Closing Fees
Cemetery fees for the digging and refilling of a grave.
Typically friends or relatives who are responsible for carrying the casket during a funeral service.
Perpetual Care Trust Funds
A portion of the burial plot cost set aside in a trust fund for its ongoing care.
A non-traditional type of funeral.
A area of ground in a cemetery owned by a family or individual, usually containing multiple graves.
Funeral that has been arranged and paid for prior to a person’s death.
Prearranged Funeral Trust
A trust fund where money is held until needed to pay for funeral costs.
Pre-planning / Pre-need
Arranging of all aspects of a funeral-especially financing-prior to one’s death.
A room in a funeral home designed and equipped for preparing the deceased for final disposition.
An operating table located in the preparation room upon which the body is placed for embalming and dressing.
The court process of proving the validity of a will.
The movement of a funeral from the place where the service was held to the cemetery.
See Funeral procession.
A discharge from the mouth, nose and ears of deceased due to improper embalming.
The decomposition of the body upon death causing discoloration and the formation of an odor.
A book made available by the funeral director for the recording of names of people visiting the funeral home to pay their respects to the deceased.
A room in the funeral home where the body rests until the funeral service.
The process of restoring distorted features on the deceased by using wax, creams, plaster, etc.
Right of Survivorship
Occurs when a joint property owner has provided for the passing of all property into the hands of the surviving joint owner.
Cooling of the body and rigidity of the muscles that occurs after death.
Vehicle belonging to the funeral home or cemetery that is used to transport chairs, shipping cases, flower stands, etc.
A room containing a bed on which the deceased lies until being placed in a casket.
A Roman Catholic practice involving specific prayers, such as Masses and Rosaries.
Those who have outlived the deceased, especially family members.
A person making a valid will.
A chamber excavated from earth or rock specifically for receiving human remains.
A licensed embalmer who is not employed by one specific funeral home, but performs the services for multiple homes.
A permit issued by a local authority allowing a body to be transported to the place of burial or cremation.
A monetary fund that is held and managed by one person for the benefit of another or others.
See funeral director.
Container made for holding cremated human remains.
A garden containing urn burial sites.
Permanent placing of an urn into a niche or urn burial site.
An underground burial chamber.
Refers to the purchase of a life insurance policy from a terminally-ill person.
Making the deceased available to be visited and seen by relatives and friends prior to or after the funeral service.
A Roman Catholic religious service held on the eve of the funeral service.
An opportunity for family and friends to view the deceased in private before the funeral service.
A room in a funeral home where the body lies prior to the funeral service so that people may view the deceased.
A watch kept over the deceased, sometimes lasting the entire night preceding the funeral.
A legal document stating the intentions of the deceased concerning the dispersal of their belongings, the care of their remains and other relevant issues.