The loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult times in your life. When someone dies, it may be overwhelming to understand the next steps. Funeral homes are here to assist you every step of the way. Their respectful and expert staff can provide much-needed comfort, while also supplying the necessary memorial services and events promptly and efficiently. Read on to learn how funeral home services can help you move forward during this challenging time.

How Funeral Home Services Can Help You Cope With the Death of a Loved One What Is the Role of a Funeral Home?

A funeral home is a place where people can go to mourn the death of a loved one. It is also a place where services can be held to commemorate their life and the necessary items required for the service can be purchased. Funeral homes offer many different funeral services, which can help make the process of grieving easier for those who have lost someone.

When working with a funeral home, there are many different options. The funeral home staff will work with you to walk through them and select the best choices to celebrate the life of your loved one. Funeral home staff can make arrangements for a memorial service, preserve the body, and provide keepsake items to memorialize them.

What Happens Immediately When Someone Dies?

When someone dies, the family members often want to gather to mourn and comfort each other. The funeral home can be an integral part of this process. Family members will need to make many decisions on how they want the loved one to be remembered. A funeral home can provide suggestions and help families through this time of grief.  

They are most integral in a time of need when no one knows what to do. They have seen many situations where families have been left with no direction, and the staff is trained to walk them through the process. This may be difficult for someone who has just lost a loved one, but it will make things easier for everyone involved.

Respecting and Caring for the Body Embalming

The funeral home can also help you care for the body. Embalming is one option and will ensure your loved one looks as they did when they were alive. With this option, it's also possible to arrange multiple events over a period of time, if there are a few services that need to be held.

Embalming the body can usually be done within 24-48 hours of death. This way, the family can ensure their loved one is presentable for when mourners come to say goodbye.


Cremation services, which will turn the body into ashes, is another option funeral homes offer. Someone may opt for this type of service if they want to keep their loved one with them or if they want to spread their loved one's ashes somewhere special.

If cremation is the method of choice, the funeral home can have containers ready to store the ashes. Sometimes, they will even have jewelry made that can hold a small number of ashes which can then be worn as a remembrance of loved ones.

Funeral Service Options

There are different types of funeral services you can provide for your loved one. There is no right or wrong--you can select what you feel is appropriate for your loved one. Whatever you choose will depend on what is important to your loved one, who was close with them, and how you want to remember them after they are gone.


A wake is an event where visitors come and say goodbye to the person who has passed away. It is like a viewing held at the funeral home, but the body can be taken somewhere else for it. Many people are surprised to find out that their loved ones can have wakes prior to being buried or cremated.

Traditional Funeral Services

A traditional funeral service is when people gather to pay their respects to the deceased. This might be done in a place of worship, a funeral home, or even at someone's house. The body of the deceased may be seen during a funeral ceremony. Usually, the body is placed into a casket. After the ceremony, the body is usually transported to a cemetery or crematorium.

Graveside Service

A graveside service is a service performed at the cemetery. It may include additional eulogies, religious acts, and burial acts that provide closure to your loved one's death.

Cremation Ceremony

A cremation ceremony is a funeral service where the loved one's cremated remains are present instead of a casket. It can also be a special ceremony that occurs at the time of cremation. Finally, it can be a special ceremony that occurs when the ashes are placed into the urn or when the ashes are scattered.


Receptions are held after the other services mentioned. They provide a venue for people to congregate and remember the deceased. Receptions have a more formal structure compared to the other types of services. Food and drink are provided during a reception, and people have the opportunity to mingle as they please. It's also possible to integrate several types of services into your overall memorial plan.

Memorial Service

A memorial service may also be an option if someone prefers something less formal. These usually take place after cremation or burial and only those closest to your loved one attend this type of gathering. In this event, you celebrate their life through memories shared by friends and family without focusing too much on death. This can also take the place of a traditional funeral service.

This type of service may also be held to gather friends and family together for support, decorate the house of your loved ones that have passed away, or give everyone an opportunity to share their favorite memories about that person.

Additional Services

Beyond the funeral home services, a funeral home can provide many other services. Often, these services are critical when making arrangements.

Additional Common Services

Other basic, common services include helping with the specific religious arrangements for the body and funeral services. They can also provide a selection of caskets, urns, and keepsakes. Next, they can provide transportation for the family and guests attending the service. Finally, they can also cater food, help with financial arrangements, and provide a 24/7 hotline for those grieving.

Unique Services

Some funeral homes can also help organize donations that are sent in memory of the loved one who has passed away. If flowers or cards arrive, they can take these items and distribute them among the family members. The funeral home will provide chairs, catering, flowers, and most importantly, they will allow family members to grieve together.

Virtual Services

In today's world, you may want to arrange funeral services virtually. Some funeral homes provide touchless methods for preparing for the service. In addition, there are funeral homes that also provide live-streaming funeral services in case there are family members and friends who wish to participate remotely.

Helping With Grief and Loss After Someone Passes Away

During times of loss, it's important that people have supportive people around them who will listen without judgment or criticism. If a person has lost a loved one, they may feel like there is no reason to continue living themselves. They may even experience an inability to carry on their normal daily activities at work or school. Having strong social support during grief can help reduce these types of feelings and make coping easier.

Another service offered by funeral homes is grief counseling. People are always allowed to ask for this type of help if they need it, and it can really help someone get through difficult times. The counselor provided will be able to talk about feelings of guilt or sadness, as well as more complicated emotions like anger. This can help someone process what has happened and move forward in their life.

Selecting a Funeral Home

When looking for a funeral home, it's important to select one that can provide all of the services you want. While many of these companies are known for providing burial or cremation, not all of them do. You may need to call around and interview some places before making your final decision.

Another useful aspect when selecting a funeral home is that they usually provide referrals for those who want to as well. Choosing a funeral home is important, but it is just as important who you select to do the service itself.

No matter what type of service you want to have for your loved one, a funeral home can make it happen. They make the process easier by taking care of everything necessary. Are you suffering from the recent loss of a loved one? Reach out to Sunset Hills right now so we can help walk you through this very difficult time. We are not just a cemetery, but a gathering place for your loved one's community of friends and family.