St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

By Linda Roy
Licensed Funeral Director-Embalmer, Craig Funeral Home 

Providing Compassionate, Dignified, & Personal Services to Remember Your Loved One


June 1, 2017 | View PDF

When a death occurs, there are certain criteria, mandated by law, which must be recognized and requirements fulfilled as a routine matter. Beyond this, the coordination of services and disposition choices are determined by the family. The staff of a funeral home will assist you and offer any guidance you may require in your time of need.

The following are services with which a Funeral Director will assist you:

• The transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home.

• Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming, dressing, hair

dressing, cosmetology, and casketing.

• An arrangement conference with the family to plan specific details for the funeral.

• Locating the deceased's doctor to sign a death certificate; then filing this certificate at the local health department; obtaining the requested amount of certified death certificates for the family.

• Obtaining all necessary permits and authorizations, as required.

• Preparing an obituary to be placed in any newspapers requested by the family.

• Contacting local cemeteries or crematory, as required.

• Care and arrangement of floral pieces, and delivery to the family's residence after the funeral.

• Arranging for Pallbearers and motor equipment, including limousines, as required.

• Ordering special floral pieces at the family's request.

• Arranging for Cash Advances for cemetery expenses, clergy honorariums, music, funeral escorts, and custom acknowledgments.

• Contacting Fraternal or Military organizations to take part in the ceremony.

• Arranging for a personalized remembrance package, consisting of a guest register book, memorial

folders, acknowledgments.

• Assist with Social Security and Veteran benefits.

• Filing of life insurance claims.

• Alternative Services

If a family chooses not to have a service with burial or entombment, a funeral home can offer cremation options, immediate burial plans, and anatomical donation.

Why Funerals Are Important

• Initiates the grieving process.

• Acknowledges the importance of a life that has been lived.

• Can be personalized to allow mourners to remember and honor their loved one in ways that are special and meaningful.

• Serves as a central gathering place for family and friends to give emotional and physical support to one another.

• Provides closure for the bereaved.

• Confirms the reality and finality of the death.

• Encourages mourners to face the pain of their loss and express their thoughts and feelings.

• Helps survivors to better cope with their grief and assist in enabling them to move on with their lives.

• Provides a context for expression of religious and other beliefs.

• Grief shared is grief diminished and grief denied is grief delayed.

Consult your Funeral Director regarding ways to help make the funeral you are arranging more meaningful.

Linda Roy is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she received a BA in Business with a major in Marketing. She is married to Jason Roy and they have two sons, Christopher and Brian. After staying home with her children, Mrs. Roy returned to school in 2003 and earned an AS in Mortuary Science from FCCJ. Linda served her internship and has worked for Craig Funeral Home as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for many years now.

"My goal after becoming a LFD was to work for an Independent/ family owned funeral home that offered the highest level of service and still believed that caring about the people they serve was an essential part of their business. Craig Funeral Home has been serving the families of St. Augustine and all of St. Johns County for the past 102 years with dignified and respectful funeral and cremation services. Always sensitive to the needs of the people of St. Augustine, they were the first funeral home in St. Johns County to own and operate their own cemetery, crematory and Cremation Society. Craig Memorial Park is the only local cemetery that offers traditional ground burial but also offers families the option of both public mausoleums and cremation niches. An expansion and beautification project is underway to serve the future needs of our county. Dedicated to a tradition of caring for everyone as if they where our own family, we will be stand ready to be of service to all who need our services any hour of any day".


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