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Honor Your Loved Ones Life With Us

Parsels Funeral Home is here to offer support and understanding through one of the most difficult life events. Located in Absecon, NJ, and serving communities in Atlantic County, let our staff aid you in making funeral arrangements for the deceased. We offer various end-of-life commemorative services ranging from traditional funeral services to veteran memorial services or the increasingly popular celebration of life services.

Learn more about our funeral and burial services below.

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Let Us Help With Your Preparations

Parsels Funeral Home has the experience and insight to help you, your family, and friends arrange a loving funeral service for your loved one. It is essential to emotionally, physically, and mentally prepare for the occasion. The death of a loved one is among the most stressful experiences we will ever endure. Below are some suggestions that we believe you will find valuable.

Maintain a State of “Mindful Awareness”

While it is easier to detach from our physical, emotional, and social selves when undergoing severe stress, it is in your best interest to remain “mindful.” Focus on the present moment, not the past, and most certainly not the future. Practicing mindfulness also helps one acknowledge and accept emotions, thoughts, and bodily reactions to your loss.

Nurture Your Body As Best You Can

Physical symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, loss or change of appetite, shortness of breath, and more are all common when experiencing grief. It’s difficult to know exactly what to do when faced with the onslaught of these symptoms. Practicing mindfulness and being aware of these physical symptoms is the first step. We also recommend:

  • Staying hydrated.
  • Eating regularly: small snacks and meals are typically easier than large ones.
  • Rest regularly: don’t hesitate to take short naps throughout the day as long nights may be difficult.
  • Move your body.
    Nurture your senses: listen to music or sounds of nature.
  • Engage in prayer or meditation: tap into or get reacquainted with your spiritual side.
  • Reduce your list of necessary activities and chores: now is the time to delegate these tasks to others so that you can devote your time to self-care.

Reach Out to Your Support Network

Neighbors, friends, and family members can be your lifeline right now—and some of them may even be coming to you right now to see how they can help. Don’t turn them away; instead, allow them to give the gift of service. We also recommend reaching out to clergy, your family physician, therapist, or a grief counselor for professional support as they understand your grief and can offer guidance.

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Visitation

Often referred to as viewing or wake, this is a time when guests come to support the family and, more importantly, pay their respects to the deceased. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service. Guests pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family.

Funeral Service

The funeral service commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or the graveside. It is led by an officiant, most commonly a pastor or funeral director. This individual follows a predictable funeral order of service, which includes singing hymns, invocations, Bible recitations, Scripture readings, and prayers led by the officiant. It can also include music, eulogies, and more depending on the family’s wishes.

Committal Service

If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves a slow and respectful vehicle procession from the funeral to the cemetery where the deceased will be buried. The committal service ends when the casketed remains are lowered into the ground, and final prayers are said.

Funeral Reception

A funeral reception is a post-service gathering at a reception hall. Many families choose to host this event and take this opportunity to share memories, laughter, and support for one another during this difficult time.

Parsels Funeral Home offers support in your time of need.

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Burial Services

Parsels Funeral Home has the deepest respect for the traditional practice of burial services. There are many decisions to be made when proceeding with burial services. Whether that is deciding the specific burial location, the casket or possible burial vault, headstone, and more, it can be a daunting task. The experienced and compassionate staff at Parsels Funeral Home is ready to assist and advise you on any of these decisions.

Live Funeral Webcasting

Parsels Funeral Home offers live funeral webcasting services to bring together family and friends from all over the world to honor a loved one who has passed. With the unpredictable nature of this world, this service gives those who are unable to travel the ability to see the service live or watch it later when they can. This is an especially meaningful solution for those overseas who are unable to attend the funeral in person.

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Funeral & Burial Services FAQ

What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?

First is the purchase price of the “right to use” the burial plot (unlike a real estate purchase, where you buy the land and all the structures on it; here, you are only purchasing what is called the “interment rights” to the land). In addition, there are fees for the “opening” and “closing” of the gravesite; and any fees required to obtain the necessary permits and maintain cemetery files and records. In addition, there’s the fee for the use of any special equipment (such as a casket-lowering device) as well as the costs for any other services or items purchased. There’s also the headstone or grave marker installation fee and a one-time “perpetual care” (sometimes called “endowment care”) fee paid to ensure your loved one’s burial site is well-maintained.

Does my loved one have to be embalmed before burial?

This is a question we hear a lot. Many funeral homes suggest (and may even go so far as to require) embalming if you’re planning a viewing or visitation. That’s because they want the experience to be as good as it can be for those in attendance, and proper embalming can ensure the deceased looks as good as possible. But as a general rule, embalming is not necessary or legally required if the body is cared for in a relatively short amount of time. Please contact us for specific state or local requirements.

How much will a casket cost?

The Federal Trade Commission states that the average casket costs around $2,000. If you are concerned about casket costs, speak with your funeral director, who can advise you on the most appropriate casket for your situation and your budget.

What is a burial vault, and why do I need to buy one?

Today, modern cemetery grounds are well-groomed, with vast expanses of green grass. A burial vault protects this pristine view, ensuring no sign of burial plots “settling.” Certainly, the vault also protects the casket; but the primary role of a burial vault is to preserve the beauty of the cemetery environment.

What is involved in a cemetery burial?

Suppose your loved one has not made previous arrangements for their burial, leaving you to pick the location of their interment. In that case, the first thing you’ll need to do involves selecting the cemetery and burial location within the grounds. You’ll also choose the most suitable casket and burial vault, and provide us with the clothing you’d like your loved one to wear (and any ‘special items’ you’d like us to place in the casket). Once payment is made, the date and time of the burial are agreed upon. At that time, the cemetery grounds keepers will take care of the “opening” and “closing” of the grave and the proper placement of the casket in the burial vault.

Do I have to buy a headstone or grave marker?

The cemetery will put a temporary identification marker on your loved one’s grave. Still, it is only intended as a placeholder until a permanent headstone or grave marker is set in place. Without one, your loved one’s burial site will, when this temporary marker becomes illegible or is somehow removed, appear “unmarked.”

Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?

We have strong working relationships with trusted monument companies and the cemetery where your loved one will be interred. When you are ready to order a granite headstone or bronze grave marker, we will come together to orchestrate its selection, manufacture, and placement. Speak with your funeral director to get the details.

What is a “direct burial”?

When we make arrangements for the direct burial of an individual, we are expediting their interment. There will be no funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life; instead, we provide the physical care of the deceased (perhaps embalming their body, but certainly dressing and casketing) and then escort the casket to the cemetery for immediate burial.

Is direct burial right for our situation?

It’s tough to know without having the opportunity to speak with you. Direct burial works well when there are few mourners, or your loved one’s wishes were for a simple interment. It’s done quickly and professionally, without ceremony of any kind. With that said, what do you think? Does direct burial feel like the right course of action for you? Speak with a funeral professional to further explore the idea.

What services do you provide when I choose direct burial?

Your funeral director will complete and file the death certificate, obtain signatures on any required permits or authorizations, help you select a cemetery in which to inter your loved one, as well as a casket and burial vault. They will oversee the physical care of the deceased: they will be dressed in clothes you’ve provided (or purchased from us), casketed, and then escorted to the cemetery for immediate burial. This same individual will witness the burial and provide you with copies of all pertinent papers for safekeeping.

What is a graveside service?

Rather than having a service in a church or funeral home chapel and then adjourning to the cemetery for the burial, some families choose to gather solely at the cemetery. There, they are led through a ceremony prepared by a clergy person or celebrant and witness the in-ground committal of their loved one’s casket. If the idea of a graveside service appeals to you, speak with your funeral director about your options.

What “extra” fees or charges will I need to pay?

Some of the things you’ll discuss with your funeral director involve purchases made from outside vendors, and you will be asked to pay for those items at the time of the arrangement conference. One of the most common is the fee charged by a newspaper to print your loved one’s obituary. Another cash advance charge could be for clergy or musician’s fees, floral arrangements, reception necessities, such as food/beverage or facility rental. Your funeral director will provide you with a detailed invoice for all cash advance items.

Where do I pay for a funeral service?

The exact answer to this question largely depends upon the services, products, and cemetery you’ve selected. Still, a good rule of thumb is to expect to pay when the service contract is signed (at the time of the arrangement conference or soon afterward). Speak with your funeral director to learn more.

Who will write my loved one’s obituary?

We’re tempted to answer this with another question: who would you like to write it? Perhaps you’d like to ask a friend or family member to do so; maybe you think it’s something you would like to do. Or maybe you’d instead turn the duty over to your funeral director. They are experienced in obituary writing and would be delighted to relieve you of the task, so don’t hesitate to ask them to craft a suitable obituary.

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Parsels Funeral Home, Absecon, NJ

Parsels Funeral Home
324 New Jersey Avenue
Absecon, NJ, 08201

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