Death is difficult to accept. When a loved one dies, we feel angry, confused or emotionally numb. We experience grief, which though painful, is a necessary part of the transition and healing process that allows us to separate ourselves from the deceased.

The funeral ritual helps survivors to begin healing by focusing their emotions and bringing meaning to the experience of death. A funeral gives mourners "permission" to express feelings of sadness and loss.

The funeral ritual has existed since the beginning of civilization, resulting in varying funeral customs worldwide. When someone dies, the family, the family's clergyperson and funeral director and other mourners all have roles they are expected to fulfill.

Our Role as Funeral Director
From the hour of death until the deceased's final disposition, the Kedz funeral director is there to help you through a difficult time. We will serve as an adviser, an administrator, a supporter and a caregiver.

When we are called, one of our first responsibilities is to bring the deceased person's body to the funeral home. Our funeral director also secures information for the deceased person's death certificate, which is then completed and filed with the proper legal authorities.

Our funeral director meets with the family to discuss arrangements for a visitation, if the family requests one, and a funeral. In accordance with law, custom and especially the family's wishes, the funeral director helps them choose the place, time and type of service, and any other funeral arrangements. We provide convenient access to a choice of casket or other burial container, a memorial stone or appropriate marker, and alternatives of final disposition—usually burial, cremation or entombment. We will also offer other considerations from which the family may select, and explain these so that the family may select appropriately.

On the day of the funeral, the funeral director attends to a number of ceremonial and administrative details as well as to logistical matters such as transportation. Both before and after the service, we help the family complete necessary paperwork, including obituary notices and claim forms for social security, veteran's and union benefits and insurance. Because the emotional impact of death often makes it difficult to concentrate on the details of legal forms, the funeral director's help in this area is especially appreciated by grieving families.

Our funeral directors can also answer questions about coping with death, recognize when a person is having difficulty accepting the loss of a loved one and recommend sources of professional counseling for those who need it.