Welcome to the most comprehensive directory of Long Island funeral homes, cemeteries, florists, and grave monument companies.
We know that it is very stressful to plan the funeral of a loved one, but connecting with the right business can be a great comfort to assist you through this difficult time. There are funeral homes located throughout Long Island that serve many different religious denominations and spiritual needs.
Choose a funeral home with a knowledgeable, attentive staff to help you with your planning needs with the utmost care and respect. A licensed funeral director should be able to walk you through all of the necessary steps helping to relieve some of the pressures during a very emotional time.
We hope that our directory makes finding the right Long Island funeral establishment, cemetery, monument company or florist a little easier.
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Glossary of funeral terms
- ARRANGEMENT CONFERENCE - meeting held between the funeral director and family of the deceased to finalize arrangements and to discuss the family’s wishes and budget. The meeting may be held at the funeral home, a hospital or the family’s residence. At the conclusion of the meeting, a contract for goods and services is signed.
- ARRANGEMENT ROOM – office used by the funeral home to make funeral arrangements with the family of the deceased
- BEREAVED – usually the immediate family of the deceased suffering from grief over the death of a loved one.
- BURIAL – interment or placement of body in an underground chamber.
- BURIAL CERTIFICATE OR PERMIT – a legal document issued by the local authorities permitting burial, cremation or transfer to another location.
- CASKET – container composed of wood, metal or plastic used to hold body for burial. Also referred to as coffin.
- CASKET COACH or HEARSE – A specially designed vehicle used to transport a casket to the cemetery for interment.
- CEMETERY – plot of land designated for burial or entombment of the deceased.
- CERTIFIED DEATH CERTIFICATE – an official document issued by a local government used to prove that the individual has died. The document will be required for court proceedings and to collect bank accounts, life insurance and other death benefits.
- CHAPEL – room in which the service is held.
- COLUMBARIUM – wall with recesses in which the urn containing cremated remains is placed.
- COMMITTAL SERVICE – part of the service when the deceased is interred or entombed.
- COSMETOLOGY – use of cosmetics to restore the appearance of the deceased.
- CREMAINS – term for ashes.
- CREMATION – incineration of the body to ashes.
- CREMATORY – place where the body is cremated.
- CRYPT – vault or room in which the remains are kept.
- DEATH CERTIFICATE – legal document signed by a medical doctor stating the cause of death and other information regarding the deceased.
- DEATH NOTICE or Obituary – an article in a newspaper or on the Internet announcing the death of a person with other information the survivors want to have published.
- DECEASED – individual who has died.
- DISPLAY ROOM – portion of a funeral home in which merchandise such as caskets and urns are displayed.
- EMBALM – process used to preserve a dead body.
- EMBALMING FLUID – chemicals used to preserve a dead body.
- EULOGY- brief speech that celebrates the life of the deceased person.
- EXHUME or Disinter – to remove the remains from a place of burial.
- FAMILY CAR – vehicle designated to be used by the deceased’s immediate family. Usually follows immediately behind the hearse a funeral procession.
- FLOWER CAR – vehicle that transports of floral arrangements from the funeral home to the church and/or cemetery.
- FINAL RITES – funeral service.
- FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS – service and financial details regarding the funeral.
- FUNERAL DIRECTOR (mortician or undertaker) – individual that makes preparations for burial or alternate disposition of a deceased, supervises the burial or disposition and maintains an establishment for those purposes. In New York, a funeral director must be licensed by the state.
- FUNERAL HOME – building used for embalming and conducting funerals.
- FUNERAL SERVICE – religious or other rites performed before final disposition of the deceased.
- FUNERAL SPRAY – large arrangement of flowers sent to the residence of the deceased or to the funeral home as a tribute to the deceased.
- GRAVE – opening in the ground used for burying the deceased usually marked by a stone or mound.
- GRAVE LINER – concrete, metal or wood receptacle into which the casket is placed. Normally used to prevent the ground from sinking around the grave. Unlike a vault, a liner does not have a bottom.
- GRAVE MARKER – headstone or monument used to identify the occupant of a grave. May be composed of metal or stone provide information such as the person’s name, date and place of birth, date and place of death.
- HONORARY PALLBEARERS – the deceased friends or members of a religious, social or fraternal organization who act as an escort or honor guard for the deceased but do not carry the casket.
- INTER – the act of burying a deceased in a grave or tomb.
- INURNMENT – placing of ashes into an urn.
- LEAD CAR – vehicle designated for the funeral director and clergyman, if any, rides to the church, temple and/or cemetery. This vehicle usually leads the hearse.
- LIMOUSINE – specially designed vehicle that may seat five or more persons in the rear of the automobile.
- MASS CARDS – printed card, used in the Catholic religion, indicating that a Mass for the deceased has been arranged. The cards may be obtained from your local church, a catholic supply store or on the Internet. There is usually a donation requested for the Mass card.
- MAUSOLEUM – building specifically designed with chambers to hold casketed remains. This is considered an above ground interment.
- MEMORIAL – generic term for any type of grave marker or headstone identifying the deceased.
- MEMORIAL DONATION – contribution in the name of the deceased, usually in lieu of flowers, to a specified cause or charity.
- MEMORIAL SERVICE – religious service performed in memory of the deceased without the presence of the body. The term is also used when the service is performed while the ashes are present.
- MORGUE – place where bodies of persons found dead are stored until identified and claimed or until burial arrangements have been made.
- MORTICIAN – see funeral director.
- MORTUARY – see funeral home.
- MOURNER – person present at funeral out of affection or respect for the deceased.
- NICHE – small opening or recess in a wall used to display an urn containing ashes.
- OBITUARY – see death notice.
- PALLBEARERS – individuals who are assigned to carry the casket when necessary.
- PLOT – an area of ground in a cemetery owned by a family or individual. A plot may consist of two or more graves.
- PREARRANGED FUNERAL – funeral arrangements made by a person during his or her lifetime.
- PRIVATE SERVICE – service by invitation only and not open to the public.
- PROCESSION – movement of vehicles from the funeral service to the cemetery.
- PUTREFACTION – decomposition of a body upon death.
- REGISTER – book for recording the names of people visiting the funeral home to pay their respects to the deceased.
- REMAINS – the deceased.
- REPOSING ROOM – room in a funeral home where a body is stored from casketing until the funeral service.
- RESTORATION – process of restoring the deceased’s features by use of wax, creams, and other materials.
- RIGOR MORTIS – rigidity of muscles resulting from death.
- SERVICE CAR – utility vehicle used to transport chairs, flower stands and other items.
- SURVIVOR – person outliving a deceased (e.g., immediate family).
- SYMPATHY CARDS – card sent to the deceased’s family or close friends expressing sympathy.
- URN – container into which ashes are placed.
- VAULT – concrete, metal or wood receptacle into which the casket is placed. Normally used to prevent the ground from sinking around the grave. Unlike a grave liner, a vault has a bottom.
- VIEWING - time for survivors and friends to privately view the closed casket of the deceased.
- VISITATION – time for survivors and friends to privately view the open casket of the deceased.
- WAKE – time for survivors and friends to view the open or closed casket of the deceased, usually at the funeral home.