How Much Do You Know About the Rooms in a Funeral Home and Their Uses

By: VGFS
Thursday, March 10, 2022

From traditional brick facades with imposing marble pillars to sleek modern buildings and quaint Victorians, funeral homes come in many styles and sizes. Have you ever thought about the many purposes of these structures?

First and foremost, they are intended to bring comfort to grieving family and friends, offering an appealing setting for memorial gatherings of various types. From the functional perspective, they must also provide ample space for the many products and services that are provided. The structural style and layout vary widely and so do the service offerings, but in general, funeral facilities have similar functions.

Please read on to learn about the rooms in the funeral home and their purposes.

Arrangement Room

This room is a quiet, confidential space where families meet with the funeral director to discuss plans for the funeral arrangements. Because this is such a private and deeply personal meeting, arrangement rooms are often secluded from the rest of the facility. Bereaved families are free to assemble in the arrangement room for as long as necessary to craft the perfect funeral or memorial service for their loved ones.

Display Room

One of the reasons funeral homes need to be spacious is because they typically have a number of caskets on display. The display room is showcases key funeral items, such as caskets, urns, and liners. Due to space limitations, the display room usually houses a sampling of what is offered. For a more complete selection in a wider array of prices, ask to see a catalog.

Preparation Rooms

This space is usually housed in a separate facility or in the basement of the funeral home. Mourners do not use these rooms but they serve a very important purpose. This is where the body of the departed is prepared for burial. Depending upon the services selected, this may include embalming, hair styling, makeup, dressing, or other amenities.

Reposing Room

After the deceased has been prepared for burial, they are transferred to the reposing room until the viewing or funeral takes place. Some funeral homes also use the reposing area for private family viewings before the memorial service.

Reception Rooms

This is where visitations with family and friends take place and where the most time is spent. Memorial services may also be conducted in the reception room. Funeral homes usually offer rooms of varying sizes to accommodate the number of guests expected. They are often wired for sound, audio-visual displays, and other traditional funeral customs.

Offices

Quite a bit of work and orchestration goes on behind closed doors in the funeral home. Administrative space is often set back from the entrance area to give visitors a sense of quiet elegance rather than a noisy office.

Some funeral homes also have crematoriums on-site, as well as repast facilities, chapels, and children’s rooms. Whether modern or traditional, spacious or cozy, funeral homes are meant to be havens of compassionate care for the bereaved.

At Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, our facilities are designed to be warm, comforting, and remarkable. If you have questions or need assistance with arrangements, we are here to serve you. Please contact our compassionate staff anytime.  

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, and repast services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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