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A funeral home, or mortuary, is a business that provides burial and funeral services for the deceased and their families. These services may include a prepared wake and funeral, and the provision of a chapel for the funeral. Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A wake is a ceremony associated with death. ... A chapel is a private church, usually small and often attached to a larger institution such as a college, a hospital, a palace, or a prison. ...


Funeral homes arrange services in accordance with the wishes of families and the deceased. The funeral home often takes care of the necessary paperwork, permits, and other details, such as making arrangements with the cemetery, and providing obituaries to the news media. Graves at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... Obituary for World War I death An obituary is a notice of the death of a person, usually published in a newspaper, written or commissioned by the newspaper, and usually including a short biography. ...

When the deceased are brought to the funeral home, they are usually embalmed to delay decomposition. The embalming procedure involves removal of blood from the corpse and the use of makeup to make corpse look more lifelike. If the deceased was disfigured from an accident or illness, the embalmer can sometimes perform restorative services to make the corpse presentable for an open casket service. If the embalmer is unable, or if the family requests otherwise, the funeral home can perform a closed casket service. Embalming, in most modern cultures, is the art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to forestall decomposition and make it suitable for display at a funeral. ...

The funeral home often sets aside one or more large areas for families to gather at a wake. This area contains a space to display the deceased in their casket for visitors to pay their respects. Funeral services and memorial services may also take place at the funeral home. Funeral homes also offer prearrangement services for those who wish to prepare their own funeral services before death.

Because of the increasing popularity of cremation, there are more funeral homes with crematoriums.[citation needed] Funeral homes without facilities on-site often contract the work out to other firms. The crematorium at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, England. ... Cremation is the practice of disposing of a corpse by burning. ...

Some funeral homes are family owned and operated. Others are part of larger corporations; however, unlike those in other industries, these corporations often act anonymously to appear as if they are family owned.[citation needed] One of the largest corporations is Service Corporation International. Service Corporation International or SCI is a corporation based in Houston, Texas which runs one of the largest chains of funeral homes in the world with over 3800 funeral homes, 40000 employees, and revenues of $2. ...

Funeral homes in popular culture

  • The television series Six Feet Under portrayed a fictional funeral home.
  • The television series Family Plots showed the operations of an actual Californian funeral home. The show lasted for two seasons before it was canceled.

Six Feet Under is an American television drama created by Alan Ball that was originally broadcast from 2001 to 2005. ... Family Plots is a reality television show that follows the ongoing events and the sometimes eccentric employees that work at the family-run Poway Bernardo Mortuary in Poway, California. ...

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