Funerals may be a necessary part of life, but that does not make these events any more easy to handle. Even if you are not a close grieving friend or family member, being in the presence of everyone else who is grieving can make the who situation feel a little awkward. In general, people do not talk a lot about funerals, and there are a lot of questions that you may want to ask, but may never find the right moment. Here are a few of the most common questions people have about funerals and funeral homes and the answers you would like to know.
Is it true that the mouth and eyes of the deceased have to be sewn closed?
It is only natural that attendees at a funeral home will be curious about bodily preparation of the deceased. It is actually a common misconception that the mouth and eyes are sewn shut. There are no sutures used to hold the mouth or eyes shut when getting a person ready for a funeral. In most cases, a medical-grade glue is used, as both the mouth and eyelids have a tendency to open even after passing.
What exactly is embalming?
Embalming involves removing the bodily fluids from the deceased and replacing these fluids with a preservative solution to keep the skin and body preserved for longer than usual. If the deceased opts not to be embalmed, such as if they prefer a green funeral, then the casket will normally be kept closed or the funeral must take place right away.
Where does the funeral home director keep the deceased before the funeral?
Funeral homes usually have a designated holding area where the deceased is stored while waiting on the funeral. This room is much like a giant refrigerated space that you may have witnessed at a grocery store or restaurant.
How much do funeral home directors make?
Being the director of a funeral home and handling deceased for the living and for a living is bound to be a profession that piques your curiosity, especially where salary is concerned. According to Chron.com, the average salary for a funeral director falls at around $61,460.
Even though you may only have questions when you have to visit a funeral home, there truly is a lot of curiosity about funerals in general and the people that facilitate them. If you have something you would love to know, talk to a funeral director in a scheduled meeting. You may be surprised at how much you learn. For more information on funeral homes and the process of caring for the dead, contact a professional like Linnemann Funeral Homes.