What to Do?

    Many people have never planned a funeral before, and it can at first be overwhelming. It is our obligation to provide you with the guidance and care you deserve. For your convenience we have compiled the information below to help you know what to expect should you have to plan funeral arrangements.





Services of the funeral director immediately following death



    Following the death, your funeral home will respond to the place of death (provided it is within the state due to certain state laws). The your loved one will be brought to the funeral home and, depending what type of services are selected, embalming may be required. Embalming is the temporary preservation for viewing/visitation purposes. Cremation does not require embalming unless public view services are selected.



The arrangement process



    When you arrive at the funeral home, your funeral director of your choice will greet you at the door. You will be brought to a private room where the arrangement process will begin. You will be asked a series of biographical questions about the deceased, such as name, date of birth, social security number; these questions are quite specific and may even entail the names of family members that will be mentioned in the obituary. Much of the information is used for state vital statistics and obituary. All of your information is confidential and will not be used for any other purpose other than what was mentioned.



The obituary

    The obituary should contain information about a person that is important to you. Where they worked, accomplishments, armed service, and hobbies are just a few things you may want to think about. You may opt to write the obituary yourself. The obituary is a wonderful but brief reflection of who the deceased was to family and friends, and you are free to share that reflection in any way you see fit.



Services and options



    When all biographical info is collected, your funeral director will ask you about the type of service you would like them to provide. As there are many types of services, funeral directors will likely simply ask you if you prefer traditional burial (calling hours, funeral and burial the next day) or direct cremation (no services prior to cremation). While these two types of servicee are the most basic, they can be altered:



   1. Traditional burial is general more costly due to the amount of services and merchandise provided by the funeral home. Traditional services general include:

         a. Calling hours, two sets or more.

         b. A Funeral service, whether in the funeral home, church or in the home of the     decedent.

         c. A burial in the family plot or cemetery.





   2. The funeral home can also provide a graveside service which may include but not limited to:

         a. Direct burial without services.

          b. No service at the funeral home, family and friends will meet at                 the cemetery and services held there.

         c. You may have calling hours then graveside service.





   3. Cremation is the most versatile and inexpensive method of disposition. This is due to the fact that it requires less merchandise and time by the funeral home. One may bring the cremated remains to any place necessary for services, There is a 48 hr waiting period between time of death and when cremation can occur.



      Some families choose to use the funeral director for their service in the event they want the service to be organized by a professional. Options with cremation are endless and can be discussed with your funeral professional

         a. Traditional cremation - you may purchase a casket specifically designed for cremation from your funeral home for calling hours and then a funeral service.

         b. Direct cremation, is the most basic and generally requires only minimal services by the funeral provider

         c. Cremation with a memorial service held at a time and place chosen by the family.

         d. Cremation with a graveside service in the cemetery.

         e. Cremation is an accepted form of disposition by the catholic church and services maybe held there also.



The role of our funeral directors.

Our funeral professionals here at the Edgerly funeral home are committed to creating a memorable experience.  We are here to facilitate thought and creativity to make this hard time a better experience



R. M. Edgerly & Son Inc.
86 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867
603-332-0230