Living in a society "on the move" has changed many patterns
of American family life. Frequent trips by family
outside of their immediate communities are commonplace.
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Retirement of the elderly to other climates, job transfers, and
extensive vacation travel, all cause separation of the family unit.
The mobility of our society often creates urgent problems or
emergencies which must be met by the entire family through long
A death away from home is a family emergency which causes
Prior knowledge of what to do under these circumstances will relieve
many burdens of the family who has the responsibility for making
Call the home town funeral director
When a death occurs away from home, an immediate phone call should be placed by a
responsible person to the home town funeral director. This should be done regardless of where or when
the death takes place.
The home town funeral director will know exactly
what to do and can offer valuable counsel in
assisting the family to meet the immediate needs of the emergency.
Remembering this simple rule
will often facilitate the decisions that must be
A death away from home may lead to additional
expense. The amount of additional cost will depend on the circumstances and the services
requested. The home town funeral director will explain these charges and advise you of the various
The funeral director’s primary responsibility is to provide professional services,
facilities, equipment and funeral merchandise.
Generally speaking, the casket should be selected from the funeral director who will be called upon
to direct the funeral and provide the facilities
necessary for the service. This will usually be the
home town funeral director. He will act as your
agent and counselor in dealing with the other
professionals involved, which includes making
the necessary arrangements to have the deceased appropriately transported to his funeral
Selection of a burial vault is another consideration for the family. The
National Funeral Directors Association Code suggests that the family
select the burial vault from the funeral director
who will be responsible for arranging the interment. Selecting the vault from the funeral
director serving at the place of burial will save the cost
of transporting the receptacle, and will alleviate
any unnecessary delay or confusion at the
In addition to the primary considerations
enumerated, there will be other aspects to consider that will require professional attention in
returning the deceased to the place where the
funeral will be conducted. The funeral director
who will be directing the funeral will coordinate
all essential activities with the other funeral
As you counsel with your funeral director keep
in mind that he can best serve when there is complete understanding of cost. He expects those he
serves to discuss cost frankly with him. A mutual
understanding in this regard will ease the concern of the family and will enable the funeral
director to serve better.
Prior knowledge and forethought of what to do
when a death occurs away from home can be
very helpful to the family. The best advice is to
call the home town funeral director immediately. He is professionally trained to counsel and
assist with all necessary funeral details arising from the emergency.