The funeral market is estimated to grow to around $28 billion by 2025 according to current industry growth.
Have you recently planned a funeral service for a loved one and experienced the high costs associated with it?
Funerals are hard enough to plan when dealing with the loss of a loved one, yet unexpected costs and planning questions add to the difficulty. Knowing whether mortuaries or morgues are the best option is a starting place to plan for a necessary, sad endeavor. We’re here to explain how these differ so you can make the best decision.
Continue reading below for what makes these funeral spaces distinct.
What Are Mortuaries?
In its simplest form, mortuaries are spaces where bodies are kept before burial or cremation. The room itself is often more barren and hospital-like with stainless steel tables and refrigerators to aid in slower decomposition and preservation. This funeral space also offers some pre-funeral services, such as cremation or embalming.
A more complex mortuary means the space connects to a funeral home that provides further services past storage and preparation. Mortuaries are a good choice if a loved one asks for a simple service, body dressing, or cremation.
Mortuaries offer a variety of services depending upon your selected location. This could include any of the following:
- Body storage
- Preparation for funeral (cleansing, dressing, etc.)
- Embalming or cremation
- Funeral services
- Family member consultations
As a warning, mortuary and morgue are often used interchangeably. But a foundational understanding of mortuaries are funeral spaces that may provide everything from storage to service. Calling ahead to a specific location to discuss your options with a representative will help you decide on where to take care of a loved one.
What Are Morgues?
Specific mortuaries come with a full list of funeral and prep services they offer. A morgue, on the other hand, is far more simple in its available options for clients.
A morgue is a place that identifies and holds the body until it’s ready for funeral services. This space is often located in a medical center or hospital as morgues also perform autopsies if needed. Morgues may be the first place a loved one ends up after death before further preparation or funeral services are decided.
How to Pick the Best Location
Planning makes a passing easier to manage, and some funeral homes attached to mortuaries offer pre-planning services. Try to gather details ahead of time so that you’re serviced fully. You should call several places to choose the best mortuary that caters to these specific requests and budget needs.
Paying attention to prices, different services, and family-owned operations are a few standout signs of a mortuary that gives you the best service for your loved one.
Honor Your Loved Ones with the Right Funeral Services
A morgue offers a place for the body to be stored and identified after death. A mortuary offers more than storage and could provide a man funeral service options, depending on your needs and location. Reach out to several mortuaries in preparation so you prioritize time with family rather than funeral details.
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