Greenbelt, MD cremations

Funeral Viewing and Service Protocol

Funeral viewings and funeral services are often a part of Greenbelt, MD cremations. It’s important to understand what the proper protocol is at both funeral viewings and funeral services, because these are long-established ways to honor the deceased person and to provide comfort and support to the family that has lost a loved one.  

For funeral viewings, you should not arrive at the funeral home before the announced starting time for the family to receive visitors. Often, the family will arrive earlier and spend some time with their deceased love one. This is very personal and can be very emotional, but it gives the family some time to compose themselves for the funeral viewing and the funeral service, and it should not be interrupted by visitors coming to the funeral home early.  

Funeral viewings are less formal than funeral services, but it’s still a somber occasion, so loud, boisterous behavior among the mourners is inappropriate and disrespectful. It doesn’t mean you can’t share a light moment with the family, but just joking and laughing loudly with other people who are there is not acceptable behavior.  

With a funeral viewing, the family will be up in front of the room with the casket nearby. Mourners line up to brief talk with the family – please make sure you say something to everyone – and offer their condolences. Even if you are very close to the entire family or to a particular family member, don’t spend too much time talking to them because they or the one person you’re close to will miss being able to talk with everybody in the line, and this can lead to hurt feelings if somebody feels they were slighted.  

Once you’ve gone through the line for the viewing, head to the back of the room and, if you’re staying for the funeral service, find a seat as far back as you can and as close to the end of a row as you are able. You can talk quietly with other mourners, but this is not the time or the place to catch up on all the news from someone you haven’t seen in a while or to discuss work with a colleague.  

Seating for the funeral service, except for the family, always starts at the back. Depending on how large the family is, there may be one of several rows reserved from them in the very front, usually on the right-hand side of the room, where the casket is. If the funeral service is closed-casket, the family will be taken to a private area while the funeral home staff close the casket, and then brought back in for the funeral service.  

Mourners should seat themselves in such a way so that no one has to walk over them to get an empty seat. Generally, the seats should fill in starting with the one furthest from the center aisle, which is where people enter the rows to sit down. This is just a simple courtesy.  

Refrain from talking during the funeral service. The funeral service is usually a solemn service, and talking is not only disruptive, but it is also disrespectful to the deceased and the family of the deceased.  

If you need more guidance on funeral viewings and services before Greenbelt, MD cremations, our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. can help. You can visit with us at our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

Adelphi, MD funeral homes

Preplanning Your Funeral

Preplanning your funeral at Adelphi, MD funeral homes is an excellent way to ensure that your wishes for how your remains are disposed of are honored. Preplanning your funeral also relieves your family of the additional stress of trying to honor your memory while they are dealing with losing you and the grief they are feeling as a result.  

Preplanning your funeral may or may not include prepayment for the funeral. If you decide not to prepay for your funeral, it’s advisable to be sure that you have a burial insurance policy that’s designated exclusively to cover all the expenses of your funeral.   

One option for this kind of insurance policy may be to convert a portion of insurance coverage you already have into a burial insurance policy. For example, when you purchase a home, you typically purchase insurance to cover the home (not the contents, which is a separate policy) and this is usually the full value of the mortgage. As you pay the mortgage down, you may be able to convert a portion of that home insurance into a separate policy that’s designated for your funeral expenses. Your insurance agent can help determine if this is an option available to you.  

For a traditional funeral and burial, you will need to obtain a cemetery plot. If you are a military veteran, you are entitled to a military funeral, which includes a grave site, at no cost to you and your family. If you are a member of a church that has a cemetery, you may be entitled to a free grave site in its cemetery. A final option may be to obtain a free grave site in a family cemetery where you have relatives already buried.  

You will next need to choose your casket. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you purchase the casket now, you should specify the type of casket you want. Then you’ll need to plan your funeral service. Include scriptures, poems, or anything else you want read as part of the service and any music you want to be included. Be sure to specify who will oversee the funeral service and give contact information for that person.  

Finally, you can specify burial arrangements and what you want and don’t want in terms of services. For example, although the funeral home can transport your family in a limousine to the cemetery, it will incur an extra cost for your funeral. So it’s less expensive for your family to follow the hearse in their own cars. 

Be sure to write everything related to your funeral preplanning down. If there are charities that you want people to donate to in lieu of sending flowers, be sure to include those. Write out your funeral service. You can even write your own obituary. But everything should be in writing and with your important papers, either in a home safe or at a bank safety deposit box (include the information for your burial insurance policy and who to contact to get the money).  

It’s important to also give a copy to the person in your family who will be handling your funeral. And finally, you should let your family know about your funeral preplanning so that everybody’s in the loop and there are no surprises after you die.  

Our Adelphi, MD funeral homes experienced staff members at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. can assist you with all your funeral preplanning questions and needs. You can visit us at our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705. We can be reached at any time, day or night, for immediate assistance, so call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Understanding Different Types of Cremations

When you’re considering Beltsville, MD cremations, it’s important to know that you have different cremation options that allow you to have control over how your death is handled.  

One choice that determines up front whether you’re cremated is what you want done with your body when you die. If you decide to donate your body for medical or scientific research, your final remains will be cremated.   

This is not true for organ donors. Organ donors have the choice between cremation and burial. Surgeons will simply harvest your organs and, if you want a traditional burial, they will sew your body back up for transport to the funeral home and their final preparations of your body.  

One of the misperceptions about cremation is that no funeral service can be held. Therefore, it’s important to know about cremations options that are available.  

In direct cremations, there is no funeral service. The body is transported to the funeral home, put into a combustible container, and cremated. The funeral home will collect the ashes and return them to the family.  

The family can choose what to do with the ashes from cremations. They can scatter them in the deceased person’s favorite place. They can scatter them at a gravesite (this happens often with spouses). Or they can keep them, either in a decorative urn or in jewelry that they wear.  

Direct cremations are also usually followed by a memorial service. This can be a week after death or two years after death, but it enables family members to plan for a memorial event and for attendees to be able to have the time to make arrangements to be there.  

If you want to have a funeral service before cremation, you can either purchase or rent a casket for the viewing and funeral service. If you decide to purchase a casket, make sure that the casket is fully-combustible so that it can be used for the cremation. A wide range of cremation caskets for every budget are available for purchase online. If you choose to rent a casket, the funeral home will provide the rental casket as part of their funeral services.  

You can have a traditional viewing, followed by a funeral service. Once the funeral service is done, the deceased person’s remains will be cremated and the ashes will be returned to the family to dispose of as they wish.  

Cremations are typically cheaper than burials because the materials used for cremation caskets are less expensive, and many of the costs associated with a burial – the grave site in a cemetery, digging the grave, transportation to the grave, and burial in the grave – are eliminated in cremations. Many people consider cremations to be more environmentally-friendly, as well, so about half of deaths in the United States are now followed by cremations instead of burials.  

You may not need to make a decision today about options for cremation, but it’s never too early to make plans for the future and make sure that your family knows how you want your remains to be handled.  

If you want to learn more about Beltsville, MD cremations, one of our knowledgeable staff members at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. can help you and answer any questions you may have about the process. You can also visit us at our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705. We are available any time for immediate assistance, so contact us today at (301) 937-1707.