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Is Getting Cremation Jewelry Weird?

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, some people have jewelry made with a small amount of their loved one’s cremation remains. The jewelry is wearable, so its purpose is to allow deceased loved ones to be close by when the jewelry is worn.

Is cremation jewelry weird? Cremations are outpacing traditional burials here in the United States. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is because of the flexibility in using cremated remains.

A portion of them can be kept or buried in an urn, a portion can be scattered in a favorite or special place, a portion can be used to help the environment (building coral reefs to sustain ocean life or mixed in with soil to plant trees and other plants), and a portion can be used to create wearable jewelry. And these are just a few of the options for using cremated remains.

But while people can understand scattering or burying some of a loved one’s cremated remains and using some of them to do something good for the environment, some people aren’t so sure about the whole idea of wearing jewelry that includes part of a deceased loved one’s cremated remains.

However, the practice of creating cremation jewelry has been around a very long time. From the 1300’s through the early 20th century, a very common tradition for people who had lost loved ones was to wear mourning rings.

These rings didn’t contain any of the cremated remains, but they gave the people wearing them a sense of having their deceased loved one near them all the time because strands of the hair of the deceased were incorporated into the creation of the ring.

While mourning rings fell out of favor as the last century passed, the idea of keeping a loved one who had died close by did not. It was that desire that led to the process of creating jewelry like rings, bracelets, lockets, and necklaces that contained a small amount of a loved one’s cremated remains.

If the thought of cremation jewelry seems a little weird to you, there are other ways to use a loved one’s cremation remains to memorialize them and keep a part of them close to you, if not too close (some people keep them even closer, having some of the cremation remains mixed with tattoo ink, and then getting a tattoo done with the special inks).

Having some of the cremation remains mixed with oil-based paints and then having a commemorative painting done with them is an option for using cremation remains that is gaining popularity. There are a number of professional painters around the country who specialize in this type of painting.

They will use special paints to create any kind of painting you want. It might be a portrait of your deceased loved one or something that represents a passion of theirs or an object that was special to them.

If a painting is not the way you want to create a permanent memorial to your loved one using some of their cremation remains, you can opt for other creative ways to incorporate them into something artistic.

An example would be to take some of the cremated remains and incorporate them with a favorite scent and melted wax to create a memory candle that you can place in a special place in your home that reminds you of your loved one.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Planning a Celebration of Life

After cremations, which are among the cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, you will want to have a funeral or memorial service that honors and pays tribute to the life of your loved one who has died. This service gives you and your family, along with other family, friends, and acquaintances, an opportunity to express your farewells to your loved one, as well as to honor their memory and to find meaning in their death.

Funeral services or memorial services have traditionally been held before or after cremations to remember a loved one who has died. These types of services often follow a traditional format, although typically funeral services are much more formal than memorial services, that includes readings of poetry, prose, and/or scriptures, eulogies given by people who were close to the deceased and knew them well, spiritual comfort and encouragement, and musical selections.

These types of services are designed to help the bereaved family and those who knew the loved one to mourn collectively and to be able to offer and receive support and sympathy. Although that need never goes away, there are some types of services that have evolved in the last few decades that shift the focus of the services away death and toward life.

The reason for this is that some people feel like the traditional ceremonies in funeral services and memorial services are too impersonal. Because both funeral services and memorial services tend to be performed actively by a few people while the audience is passive and doesn’t participle, it can seem that most of the people who attend these types of services don’t get to express, in a meaning way, how they cared and felt about the person who died.

That has led to the rise of a service that is known as a celebration of life. Celebrations of life can be held in conjunction with funeral services or memorial services, or they can be the only service that is held to remember a loved one who has died.

Celebrations of life can be highly personalized in format and tone. They are specifically designed not to be sad or somber services. Celebrations of life are characterized by prolific storytelling, as memories of the deceased are shared by those who attend, and laughter and smiles. This is because celebrations of life are specifically geared toward remember the positive impact of the deceased on the world around them while they were living.

Planning a celebration of life involves much of the same preparation that planning a funeral service or a memorial service involves. Your funeral director will help guide you as you make the arrangements for this type of service to honor the memory of your loved one’s life.

There are several aspects you’ll need to take into consideration as you plan a celebration of life. You will need to decide the tone and the format. Many people simply gather and share food and memories of the deceased informally.

You’ll need to decide, if food is part of the celebration of life, whether you and your family will provide it personally, it will be catered, or it will be served in a restaurant. That will drive the location, date, and time of the celebration of life.

If there are special activities that you want to include in the celebration of life, then you will need to plan and organize those. Finally, you’ll want to decide how you want to notify people of the celebration of life, and whether you want to leave it open for public attendance or whether you want it to be a private event that only people you invite attend.

If you want more information about celebrations of life and cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Donating Your Body for Scientific Research

Before death and cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD, you may decide that you want to donate your body for scientific research, in the hope that your donation may help people in the future, as researchers look for clues and solutions to many medical issues, problems, and diseases using whole body donations.

If you decide that you want to donate your body for scientific research, make sure that your family knows your wishes and be sure to write it in the final instructions for your life.

Next, you’ll want to do some legwork to find out how the body donation process works, what you need to do in advance, and to decide where you want your body to be donated. It’s important to remember that there may be some cases where your body is not eligible for donation, so make sure you have a backup plan in place for your family if that’s the case so that they will know what you want done.

The first part of donating your body for scientific research is finding the organization that you want to donate your body to. Most universities with medical schools have whole body donation programs. There are also some non-academic organizations that accept whole body donations. Look online to see what universities and organizations in your local area will take bodies donated for scientific research.

Once you find the academic and private organizations that you’re interested in donating your body to after you die, contact them and pre-register with them for whole body donation. The reason you want to have several possible places to donate your body to is that while one organization may not accept the donation, another one might.

Each organization that accepts whole body donations after death has different criteria that determines whether they can accept the donations. So, by pre-registering with several of them, you have a better possibility of one of them accepting your donation.

After you’ve pre-registered with the academic institutions and private organizations that you want to donate your body to, be sure to find out what your family and you are obligated for by participating in their program. Most body donation programs will pay for transportation from the funeral home to their location and for cremation after your body has been processed for research, but you need to make sure that is the case.

Be sure that your family knows about your wish to have your body donated to science. Your loved ones may have envisioned a funeral with a burial (which can still be done with your cremated remains) or some other type of funeral, and they may need some time to adjust to what you desire to do with your body after you die.

Make sure that all your legal paperwork includes your desire to have your body donated for scientific research after you die. This can be part of your advanced directive, your will, or your revocable trust.

Always make sure that you have a backup plan included in your final wishes in the event that the academic institutions and private organizations you’ve registered with can’t accept your body for their donation programs. This could include direct cremation or a funeral service followed by cremation.

If you want information about the cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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The Most Common Family Heirlooms

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, one of the things that the surviving family members will do is go through the family heirlooms and distribute them according to the deceased’s wishes or, if they did not specify who they should go to, to the family members who want them.

Family heirlooms are anything the family has considered to be valuable and has been passed down through the family for several generations. These can be items of monetary value, such as antiques or rare collections, or they can be items with sentimental value. And, while some family heirlooms are very old, some may be newer, but become family heirlooms because they had so much value in the life of the family who has lost a loved one.

However, in almost family, there are some common heirlooms that the family keeps and passes on to future generations.

Jewelry is one common family heirloom. It may be a set of pearls, a wedding band set, or a set of cufflinks that has been in the family for a very long time. Often, in the case of wedding rings, grandmothers and mothers will specify that they want a specific granddaughter or daughter to have their wedding rings when they die.

Timepieces are another common family heirloom. Whether it’s a pocket watch (that may or may not run) or a grandfather clock, these often make their way through successive generations of a family.

It might surprise you to learn that furniture is a very common family heirloom. The furniture may have been built by a grandfather or great-grandfather, making it special and valuable, or the furniture may be an exquisite china cabinet or piano that has been in the family for generations.

Recipes, especially the handwritten recipe cards, are also a very common family heirloom. Having Grandma’s recipe for apple pie or Mom’s recipe for perfect biscuits is something that each generation will cherish. And when they cook the recipes of those who have gone before them, they are reminded of how much they were loved and cherished.

Bibles and other kinds of books are also included in common family heirlooms. Some families have Bibles that belonged to great-great grandparents, and they often contain, not only family history, but also treasures such as notes or old newspaper clippings that give insights into life at that time.

If you’ve had family members who were in the military at any point in American history, then the odds are good that your family has some of these common heirlooms. These can include uniforms, dog tags, medals, and boots.

Handmade quilts are also a common family heirloom. Most quilts that have been made in the last 50 years or so were sewn using regular cloth and sewing machines. Handmade quilts, on the other hand, were hand-sewn, using scraps of cloth from other sewing projects. Some of them were made to help keep the family warm in wintertime, so they have a nice, thick layer of insulating material between the patches of cloth, making them both beautiful and practical.

Collections of things are also common family heirlooms. These could include sports card collections, stamp collections, coin collections, and car collections. While some may have a lot of value, families don’t generally want to sell them.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Executor 101: Selling Real Estate

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, the executor of the deceased person’s estate is responsible for handling all the matters of the estate, which may include selling the deceased’s house and distributing the proceeds among the beneficiaries of the estate.

Your loved one may have already specified what they want done with any real estate they own, include their personal home. They may have decided to leave it to one of the beneficiaries of their estate. Or they may have specified that it be sold and the proceeds distributed equally among the beneficiaries or to go to a specific beneficiary.

Much of what will be done with your loved one’s house will depend on whether it is paid for, has a mortgage, or a reverse mortgage. These scenarios may override your loved one’s stated wishes.

If the house was owned outright by your loved one, and they wanted it to go to a specific beneficiary, then this is perhaps your simplest scenario. The beneficiary gets the house, and then they can keep it or sell it as their personal property.

However, if the house has a mortgage on it, then the beneficiary will need to get a new mortgage in their name to take ownership of the house. If the beneficiary is unable or unwilling to do this, then the house can be sold to pay the mortgage off. Any money remaining after the mortgage is paid off will go to the designated beneficiary.

If the house has a reverse mortgage on it, then it belongs to the bank after your loved one dies, and the beneficiary (or beneficiaries) get nothing.

Your loved one may have also specified that their house be sold and the money split between the beneficiaries. If the house is paid for, this will be a simple matter of selling the house and splitting the money.

However, if the house has a mortgage, then the mortgage must be paid off before any of the sales proceeds can be distributed to the beneficiaries.

If you will be selling your loved one’s house as part of your role of the executor of the estate, you should contact a real estate professional as soon as possible. A real estate professional can give you insights about comparable home prices in the area and they can make suggestions about repairs or upgrades that will make the home more marketable.

It’s not a bad idea, if your selling a home as the executor of an estate, to get the house appraised by a professional appraiser. The appraisal value listed on tax documents is not necessarily truly what the house and property are worth. A professional appraiser can give you the house and property’s true value so that you can share that with beneficiaries and you can have an idea of what the price it should be listed for.

If the proceeds of the house are to be split among beneficiaries, and one beneficiary wants to buy the house, you cannot let that beneficiary buy the house at a price that’s lower than its market value, because that’s unfair to the rest of the beneficiaries. Use the appraiser’s price as a starting point to talk with all the beneficiaries about what price they’d be willing to have one beneficiary buy the house for.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What are Death Doulas?

Since there is no way for us to know when death exactly happens, funeral homes that offer cremation services in Beltsville, MD may also provide death doulas as part of their service to help us plan and prepare for our own death. We spend a lot of time in our own lives, perhaps, avoiding thinking much or deeply about our own deaths. It’s as though if we don’t think about death, then it won’t happen.

But when the ravages of age catch up with someone we love or a terminal illness is diagnosed in a family member or close friend, it’s much more difficult to avoid the reality that death happens.

However, we still may not be at a point where we consider our own mortality, and that, sooner or later, we also will close the final chapter in our lives by taking our last breath. We may seek to delay the inevitability of death with medications, procedures, and surgeries that may buy us a little more time. While these may provide quality of life for a while, at some point, our bodies will wear out and nothing will be able to stop us from the next natural step in the cycle of life, which is death.

We may take care of the things we’ll need at the end of life and when we die, such as advanced directives, powers of attorney, and wills or revocable living trusts, and believe that we are have done all we need to do to prepare for our own deaths.

But there will come a time when facing the reality of our own deaths can no longer be avoided.

However, there’s a difference between dying and dying well. Dying well includes making sure that the people you love and will be leaving behind are taken care of, that you’ve left a meaningful legacy for your family, and you want to make sure that your last wishes – or those of a loved one – are fulfilled in a way that shows respect and honor.

Death doulas are people who are professionally trained to help people who are dying (and their families) die well. A death doula has extensive and firsthand knowledge of the dying process and can offer the wisdom of that experience. A death doula can also help the dying loved one’s family understand and accept death as natural, and can help prepare them for when death finally comes.

Death doulas also encourage the dying person and their family to have healthy conversations about death and they can help the entire family plan for death.

Death doulas have many practical functions are very beneficial. They provide education about what happens as the body dies, and will let the family know when death is imminent. They advocate for the dying person (if they do not have a designated medical power of attorney) when the dying person is unable to express their own wishes.

Death doulas are effective coordinators between medical professionals, family members, and caregivers, which can relieve a lot of stress on the family as death approaches. They also provide companionship for the dying person and offer family members an opportunity to take brief (a few hours) breaks from caregiving to attend to their own needs.

Although death doulas aren’t certified, they are being added to the staffs of palliative care and hospice care agencies across the country. Death doulas go through a rigorous training program that qualifies them to very ably assist dying people and their families through the end-oflife process.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Finding Comfort after the Death of a Loved One

After a cremation services in Burtonsville, MD, you may feel as though the world has ended with the death of your loved one. Life ahead without them may look dark, empty, and hopeless. You may be at a loss as to what to do next. These are all normal feelings in the grieving process as the reality of death sets in.

Grieving is a healthy response to loss. However you grieve and whatever you feel or think, while it may share some general commonalities with what grief looks like, is unique to you and you need to take the time to walk through the fire of it. The grief will never leave, but it will change into a form that you can manage and lets you move ahead with life.

As the initial stages of grief subside, you may find that loneliness and emptiness persist. There are some very tangible things that you can do to find comfort that will ease those feelings.

Not all of these things are something you might want to do right away because in the early stages of grief, your emotions are running high and you aren’t thinking clearly. However, some of them may help take the edges off of the pain you are feeling.

One of the best ways to find comfort after the death of a loved one is connecting with other people. We have a natural tendency to withdraw from social contact when we’re extremely emotion and are feeling vulnerable and fragile. After all, who wants to embarrass themselves by breaking down and sobbing at the mere mention of their loved one’s name?

However, if you have family members close by, they can provide a lot of comfort, because you’re sharing the same loss. If you don’t have family members nearby, there are still some ways that you can connect with other people.

A great way is to join a grief support group. The funeral home is able to provide you with community grief resources and there are also grief support groups that meet online. It may take a little time to find the right mix of people in a support group that you feel comfortable with (this is true of any type of group), but stay with it until you do.

Another way to connect with people is by volunteering in a community organization that serves the needs of a segment of the population. Not only will you feel better because you’re serving others, but you will meet a lot of nice people in the process.

If you’re religious, then the Bible (the Psalms can be particularly comforting), prayer, going to church services, and talking with a trusted clergy member are excellence ways to find comfort after your loved one has died. If you’re not religious, find a quiet place outside that’s full of nature’s wonders and make that your comfort place.

You can find comfort after the death of a loved one by pursuing your own interests. There are many things we set aside as life goes on, and finding those things again after the death of a loved one may provide solace. They are certainly a way to assuage some of emptiness and loneliness.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Alternatives to a Memorial Balloon Release

After a cremation services in Beltsville, MD, it is not uncommon for people to gather together to memorialize a loved one by releasing colorful balloons, with notes inside or attached to them, and watching them float upward toward the heavens.

This can be an uplifting and comforting way to remember a loved one. However, what goes up must come down. Balloons are typically made of plastic or latex, and when they come down they can land on power wires and caused power outages, they can get caught on tree branches, or they can get wrapped around the legs or necks of birds or caught on their beaks.

The effect of falling balloons on the ocean can be even more devastating. Because balloons look so much like jellyfish, which is a primary source of food for sea turtles, that sea turtles ingest them and can be injured or die. If the sea turtles don’t eat them, then the balloons float to the bottom of the ocean floor and add more ecologically unfriendly plastic trash on the bottom of the sea.

Even though latex balloons are declared to be biodegradable, the time it takes for them to break down is quite long. This gives them enough time to cause injury or death to wildlife. Latex balloons are the most frequent balloon type that is found in the stomachs of wild animals when they die.

Helium, which is the gas used to fill the balloons, is a nonrenewable resource that is used up when balloons are released. In short, there is no type of balloon release that is friendly to the environment.

Some people use sky lanterns, but they are also a danger to the environment. They create litter that can injure or kill wildlife and they can also present a fire hazard, sparking wildfires during dry seasons.

There are other much more environmental-friendly ways to memorialize a loved one who is died.

One way is to release flowers on a river or pond and let them float. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a colorful bunch of flowers that are native to the area floating on a body of water. If you want to attach notes to the flowers, use quick dissolving paper like rice paper.

Another ecologically-friendly way to memorialize a loved one is to blow bubbles. When a crowd of people is blowing bubbles, using a mixture of regular bubble wands and giant bubble wands, the effect can be absolutely beautiful.

Candlelight vigils are another way to memorialize someone you love who has died. These are very common now with nationally-significant deaths, but you can hold your own candlelight vigil for your loved one with family and friends in a place that was special to your loved one. It’s best to use beeswax candles or soy candles rather than petroleum-based candles. Make sure you have drip protectors for the candles so the wax falls into the protector rather than on the ground.

Another great way to protect the environment and memorialize your loved one is to plant a tree in their memory. Trees give us shade, oxygen, and help beautify the landscape. By planting a tree in memory of your loved one, you also create a permanent place where you and your family, as well as friends, can go to remember your loved one for a very long time.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What Happens with Your Debt after You Die

After the cremation services in Beltsville, MD, families of the deceased have to wrap up the affairs of their loved ones. One of those may be debts that are owed to creditors.

If you die with life insurance or valuable assets, then your family will be in a good financial position and will be able to take care of all your affairs. However, any debt that you have accrued doesn’t die with you. If the debts you have are substantial, then they could wipe out any financial security that you left behind to take care of your family.

If you don’t have life insurance or any valuable assets that could be sold, then your family may be responsible for paying off any debt that you leave behind. This could be a real quagmire for them and affect their financial outlook for years to come.

Almost 73% of adults have outstanding debts that need to be paid when they die. The average debt that includes a mortgage is $61,554, while non-mortgage debt averages out to be about $12,875.

The question become whether your loved ones inherit your debt when you die. In many cases, surviving relatives do not individually become responsible for paying off your debts. However, your estate, which includes life insurance, property, and financial assets, is responsible for settling all the debt that you owe. If the debt is secured, such as that with a car loan or a mortgage, then the car or home can be sold and the proceeds used to pay off the loans. The only other option for the estate is to allow the financial lender to foreclose on or repossess the property.

In the case where a family wants to keep the family home that everybody grew up in, the person in the family who gets the house will have to finance a new loan in their name, making them liable for the debt that they are incurring.

If debt is unsecured, such as credit cards or an unsecured personal loan, then the estate is responsible for paying those off with any money that the estate has before anyone is named as a beneficiary receives their inheritance. If the estate does not have enough money to pay off unsecured debt, then the estate is declared to be insolvent and the executor will have to go through the legal system – probate – for determination to be made as to which debts should be paid.

Any other debts than these are the sole responsibility of the deceased, so they get discharged (meaning they don’t have to be paid).

If the debt left behind has a cosigner who is still living, then the debt will be the cosigner’s responsibility to pay. On some cosigned loan agreements, the lender requires that the debt is paid in full immediately after the borrower dies. This can present a real challenge for cosigners, especially if they are not beneficiaries of the estate and don’t have the money on their own to pay the debt off.

For joint loans, such as a married couple taking out a mortgage together for a house, the borrower who is still alive is responsible for the remaining debt.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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What Funeral Directors Do

Funeral directors arrange all cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD. We often don’t think about all the things that funeral directors do when we’re dealing with the death of a loved one, but the services they provide make the whole funeral process so much easier to bear and deal with.

Our lives start to intersect with funeral directors after a loved one dies because one of their responsibilities to provide transportation for people who have died from the place where they died to the funeral home. In the very early history of funeral homes, transportation was done using ambulances or hearses. This let neighbors all around that someone had died. Now, with more attention to discretion and privacy, transportation is provided primarily using unmarked minivans. However, hearses are still used when the casket is being transported from the funeral home to the cemetery.

Funeral directors also set up a meeting with the deceased’s family to make funeral arrangements. Most of the time, this meeting happens within a day or two after the death of a loved one.

At the meeting to make funeral arrangements, funeral directors a lot of questions about what the deceased and/or the family wants for the funeral. They make sure that every need of the family is met during the funeral process. If the deceased is being cremated, the funeral director will find out if the family would like to have a funeral service before cremation or a memorial service after cremation.

If the family wants a funeral service before cremation, the funeral director will help them plan every detail of the funeral service.

Most of the time, families have someone in mind already that they want to oversee the funeral service. This may be a clergy member, a close friend, or even another family member (anyone can oversee a funeral service).

However, if the family does not have anyone, the funeral director will oversee it. The funeral director guides the family through the order of the funeral service, including any readings, eulogies, and music they choose. The funeral director will then make sure that the service happens exactly as the family wants.

If the family wants the funeral service livestreamed or digitally recorded, the funeral director will provide these services as well.

If the deceased is cremated, the funeral director oversees the cremation process. They’ll make sure the deceased is accurately identified and tagged before cremation begins.

If the deceased is being buried, the funeral director will make all the burial arrangements with the cemetery, and will make sure that the grave is opened before burial and closed after burial. In addition, they will make sure gravestones or grave markers are ordered and placed in the cemetery after burial.

There is a ton of paperwork associated with funerals. Funeral directors handle all of it, including getting certified death certificates, getting burial and cremation permits, writing obituaries, if the deceased or the deceased’s family doesn’t have one written, and getting them published either online or in newspapers.

Funeral directors also supervise the embalming of the deceased. This procedure includes ensuring that the deceased looks as much as possible like they did when they were alive, ensuring that the body is cleaned and dressed in the clothing provided by the family and ensuring that hair styling and manicuring is done.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.