For many, the terminology associated with funerals and used by a funeral director can be confusing. Below is a glossary of the terms used in funeral planning.
Glossary of Funeral Terminology
Administrator: Any court appointed person or body put in charge of the estate.
Alternate Container: An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, generally lower in cost than caskets.
Arrangement Room: A room in the funeral home set aside for funeral staff and the family of the deceased to make funeral arrangements.
Autopsy: A pathologists medical examination of the organs of the deceased to determine the cause of death.
Attorney in Fact: Person granted power of attorney.
Beneficiary: Recipient of the proceeds of a will or insurance policy.
Bereaved: The immediate family of the deceased.
Casket/Coffin: A box or chest for burying remains.
Celebration of Life: An informal type of memorial service celebrating the deceased’s passing.
Catafalque: The stand on which the casket rests while in state and during the funeral service
Cortege: Funeral Procession.
Cremains: The remains which is left after cremation consisting of bone fragments.