Programs that provide financial assistance to help families who have lost a loved one pay for the funeral and/or the cremation or interment of the individual's remains.
Programs that provide grave sites for the earth burial of the remains of individuals who have died; mausoleum crypts for above ground interment; cenotaphs which serve as memorials to individuals whose remains are elsewhere or are lost; and/or niches in a columbarium for the storage of cremated remains.
Programs that conduct investigations, inquests, postmortem examinations and laboratory tests to determine the cause, manner and circumstances of death in all cases of natural death when the individual was unattended by a physician, and in all cases of unnatural death (homicides, suicides, accidents or deaths of a suspicious nature). The coronor's office is also responsible for correctly identifying the deceased and for making proper disposition of the remains. Also included are programs that pay for autopsies when required.
Programs offered by community organizations that specialize in helping people dispose of their personal property, usually on a consignment basis, for a percentage of the proceeds which is then used to support the organization's activities. The program may include transportation of the property to the sales site, appraisal services, pricing, cataloguing, appliance repairs, merchandise display, cashiering and preparation of itemized receipts for tax purposes.
Programs that provide funeral home services including removal of the body to the funeral home; preparing, obtaining necessary signatures on and filing the death certificate and deposition permit with the local health department; embalming services; cremation services; temporary care for the body prior to final disposition; visitation, private viewing and memorial services; and/or cremation caskets, burial caskets, burial vaults, grave markers, urns and other interment accessories.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.