Fact Checking A Couple Of Funeral Myths

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Arranging for a funeral can be one of the most stressful tasks that you will ever be asked to do. Whether it is due to the overwhelming logistical challenges or the emotional stress, individuals can quickly find themselves in over their heads. This can make them more likely to believe that a couple of prevalent misconceptions about these services are true. By taking the time to learn the truth about the following common misconceptions, you should find yourself far better able to handle these unique challenges. 

Myth: You Must Have The Body To Hold A Funeral Service

One of the most common misconceptions is that a body is a requirement for a funeral service. While it is true that there are certain religions that require this, there are no legal requirements, and funeral homes will gladly provide these families with the same services that would be available to families that had the body. This is particularly useful when planning funerals for individuals that were lost in accidents and never recovered. 

However, this not the only instance when a family would want a funeral service without a body. Another example is when the deceased was cremated. There are many families that have assigned plots, and they may still want the cremated remains placed in the assigned plot. Fortunately, this is possible by placing the urn in a special casket that is designed to hold this type of remains. 

Myth: Embalming Is Always Required

Another misconception is that the body must be embalmed before being buried. However, the only time that this is a requirement is when the deceased suffered from a contagious and dangerous disease. 

This is likely to be good news to families that were wanting to have a natural funeral, but it is important to note that there are still requirements that must be met when having a chemical free funeral service. Often, these entail things such as burying the body away from drinking sources and other public safety concerns. The rules will vary from each community, and you will need to check with your local government to determine the exact rules for your area. 

When you are preparing for a funeral, it is important that you have all of the available information at your disposal. Sadly, there are numerous misconceptions that many people assume are true, and this can cloud their judgement during this difficult time. By learning the truth behind these two common notions, you should find yourself better able to make the choices that your loved one would have wanted you to make.