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What is the purpose of a funeral?
For thousands of years, funerals have allowed survivors to express their feelings about the death of someone they love. According to noted grief educator Alan Wolfelt, the funeral ceremony helps mourners:

  • Acknowledge someone has died
  • Say good-bye
  • Remember the person who died and encourages us to share those memories with others
  • Affirm the worth of their relationship with the person who died
  • Provide a social support system
  • Search for the meaning of life and death
  • Offer continuity and hope for the living
Meaningful funeral ceremonies are rites of passage that help survivors accept a life without the person who died. The rituals provide comfort in their predictability when events seem chaotic and out of control. The funeral is a socially-recognized forum for expressing intense grief. Without a funeral ceremony, mourners often miss the sense of closure.

 Why have a public viewing?
Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists report that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death.

 What will make the loss of a loved one easier?
Sharing your grief with friends and family members. The best way to begin the healing process is with a meaningful funeral, where you experience the support of others who also share your loss. Participating in the funeral as fully as possible by planning a service that is personal and reflects your loved one's life as well as sharing memories will help you feel that you celebrated your loved one's life and ease your grief.

 Where may I receive more information concerning grief recovery?
Our funeral home assumes a leadership role in providing material to those wishing information on grief resolution. Call us, we can help.

 How can I create a unique and meaningful service?
We understand the importance of personalization and have created a variety of unique ways to add special personal touches to the service and visitation. These can include:

  • Custom memorial folders
  • Memory Tables
  • Picture Boards
  • Special Music Arrangements
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Personalized Casket Cap Panels, Interiors, and Hardware
  • Casket Engraving
  • Online Obituaries complete with Guest Books

 Can you help us with sending memorials to the funeral?
For floral tributes, please feel free to visit our flowers page; should you have any questions about flowers or other types of tributes, please feel free to call us at (781) 944-0284.

 What does a funeral cost?
At Douglass Edgerley & Bessom, all our charges are clearly stated and itemized so that the family is allowed to select and pay for only the services they wish to use. We encourage you to visit our pricing page for more detailed information. Of course, they are many other selections from which to choose, and quality merchandise to fit any family's financial situation.

 What should I do if death occurs away from home?
If the death occurs out of state, you should call Douglass Edgerley & Bessom immediately at (781) 944-0284. We can coordinate with local funeral directors at the place of death. As a member of several organizations, we can help you with every step of this process and potentially save you money.

We understand that you may have additional questions; we encourage you to contact us should you like more information regarding our services. We may be reached at (781) 944-0284 or through our online information request form.

Questions? Call us (781) 944-0284