History of Funeral Homes
Funeral Homes are a relatively new concept that didn’t originate until during the Civil War with the introduction of embalming.
Prior to the Civil War, families cared for their dead relatives and hosted funerals in their homes. The families would prepare, dress and display their loved ones in the front rooms of their homes. In addition, people were typically buried on family property.
This began to change during the Civil War as hundreds of soldiers died away from home. Families wanted their deceased relatives to be sent home and embalming aided in preserving the bodies until they could be transported for burial. The rise of embalming directly led to the transition of deathcare from a job in the funeral home to an industry.
More on the history of funeral homes HERE
How Funeral Homes Can Help You
If you’ve lost a loved one, one of the first stops for you is to reach funeral homes and work with a funeral director or any deathcare professional. Funeral homes often send people to cemeteries for the actual burial or cremation that you may prefer. You are also able to reach a cemetery directly and work with a care professional directly. Apart from helping arrange the final burial or cremation, funeral homes may also help you arrange for funeral flower deliveries, funeral planning and reaching your community.
Everdays works with over 1200 funeral homes within the country that can use the free app enabling families to connect with friends and family. Here’s an example of how a funeral home uses technology to reach others.
Funeral Home Obituary
Funeral directors associated with a home often help grieving families set up events (e.g. funeral service, wake etc.) and also help notify their friends. This has traditionally always happened via newspaper obituaries and other media channels. Now funeral homes are also able to use the free Everdays app or web platform to share an Everdays Announcement.
Through the app, families can select contacts they want to share the information with, and in a few taps reach their friends directly. Social sharing is highly encouraged and enabled so that everyone gets informed in a timely fashion. Technology in this sector is basically just following the natural behavior of families that are already spending so much time on mobile and social media channels.
Funeral Homes Near Me
In trying to find the right deathcare professional to help you plan a funeral service, it is common to search for a funeral home near where you live. Even though many families follow their jobs and travel nationally or internationally, they tend to come back home when organizing a service for a loved one. This often makes the organizational process more difficult and it becomes important to use technology tools or service providers to make the process manageable.
Here are some examples of cities that serve many families and ideas on what you may be looking for.
Funeral Homes Hamilton
Founded in 1791 as Fort Hamilton in honor of Alexander Hamilton, the city of Hamilton is a part of the Cincinnati Metropolitan area in Southwest Ohio. A population of about 62 thousand is served by 13 funeral homes. This means close to 5 thousand people can potentially be served by each funeral home. Finding a home suited to your needs may often be a function of proximity to where you are.
Funeral Homes Brooklyn
Home of Coney Island, and also the most populous borough of New York City, Brooklyn has attracted many artists to its streets. It has a population of 2.6 million with 152 funeral homes. This means over 17 thousand persons can potentially be served by each home. With such a high demand, it is possible that many families may prefer going directly to a cemetery, or even going back to their home towns- if they don’t originally belong to Brooklyn.
Funeral Homes San Antonio
As the second most populous city in Texas with a population of over 2.4 million, San Antonio is the home of the Alamo and the River Walk. There are a mere 66 funeral homes serving this population. This means finding a home within the city may be a little harder which each home addressing a potential 36 thousand each.
Funeral Homes Chicago
Chicago is the third most populous city in the US with the metro area population that equals over 9.5 million. The area is served by 208 funeral homes and thus, it may be harder to find a home that’s near you. Being the hub of finance and many other key industries, the Metro area does attract a lot of people from out of state who may cremate or bury their loved ones in their home locations. While that reduces the burden on the city’s funeral homes, it can still be a challenge for families.
Funeral Homes Houston
With a population of 6.3 million, Houston is the most populous city in Texas. The city has 145 funeral homes, potentially serving 43 thousand each. With a large immigrant and ethnic population, it is possible that may city residents have varied funeral services.
Funeral Homes Jacksonville
With a population of over 1.6 million, Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida. As of 2007, the median age in Northeast Florida is 36 years old - younger than all major cities in Florida. There are 72 funeral homes in the city, with each serving potentially 25 thousand or more.