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Because Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services is involved with Veterans funerals on a consist basis; we understand the process; and are aware of the benefits made available to all honorably discharges veterans.

We also know that many veterans may not fully understand the benefits to which they’re entitled.  For that reason, we’ve assembled this list of benefits as a guide. For more information, or to obtain any necessary forms and paperwork, contact a Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444.

Veterans Benefits and who is eligible?
To be eligible you must be a veteran discharged or separated from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable, and have completed the required period of service. U.S. Armed Forces members who die on active duty are also eligible, as are spouses and dependent children of eligible living and deceased veterans, and of current and deceased armed forces members.

Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 800. 827.1000 for more information; or to have questions answered.   If there are any questions or concerns please contact us; Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444.

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) benefits only cover a portion of funerals; if any at all. There are certain monetary and service benefits that may be available. However, reimbursement usually only applies to Veterans who: Retire from the Armed Services, or were disabled due to a service-related incident , or died in facility under the V.A. direction. Normal guidelines are provided as an overview, but V.A. will make the final determination on all claims. Click here for additional information.

Documentation to verify eligibility
A DD-214 also known as discharge papers; is normally required to verify military service.  If your family does not have form DD-214 at the time of death, Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services; will do everything possible to secure any and all benefits available to the Veteran. 

The United States Flag
A flag is provided to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran.  The flag is given to the next of kin.  For your family’s convenience, Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444 will be glad to help secure the flag, for the next of kin.

Military Funeral Honors
Every eligible veteran should receive military funeral honors, which includes the folding and presentation of our flag and the playing of taps.   

Presidential Memorial Certificate

Originated in 1962 by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Presidential Memorial Certificate is a certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged of the deceased veteran.  Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services; will assist your family in obtaining the certificate.  Click here for additional information. 

Monetary burial benefits
A veteran may be eligible to receive a partial reimbursement for their interment costs. For non-service related deaths, you must meet the following conditions: Payment for the veteran’s burial was made without any reimbursement from a government agency or other source, and the veteran was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  Click here for additional information.

In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met: The veteran died because of service-related disability, or the veteran was receiving VA pension or compensation, or the veteran died in a VA hospital or nursing home under VA contract.   If there are any questions or concerns please contact us; Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444.

Requirements for burial in a V.A. National Cemetery

Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies while on active duty or any veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable are entitled to burial in a V.A. National Cemetery. Under certain conditions, the surviving spouse and minor children of an eligible person are also entitled to this benefit.   If there are any questions or concerns please contact us; Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444.  Click here for additional information.

Committal or Interment in a V.A. National Cemetery consists of:
1)   An assigned grave location (where space if available)
2)   Opening and closing of the grave
3)   A grave liner for casketed remains
4)   A government headstone or marker
5)   Perpetual care at no cost to the family

Cremated remains are buried or inurned in V.A. National Cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.  It is important to note that you may not reserve space in a V.A. National Cemetery ahead of time, since V.A. National Cemeteries only allow arrangements to be made in an at-need situation.  Additionally, you should note that burials in V.A. National Cemeteries are not conducted on weekends and, depending on the V.A. Cemetery, there may be a waiting period before the burial will occur.  In addition, non-veteran parents may be interred in a national cemetery with their child if that child was killed in combat and has no other eligible survivors. In order for such burial to occur, an official must determine that there is available space.  Burial benefits in a VETERAN ADMINISTRATION national cemetery include the grave, opening and closing of the grave and perpetual care. Many national cemeteries have columbarium for the inurnment of cremated remains or special grave for the burial of cremated remains. Headstones and markers and their placement are provided at the government's expense.  Veterans and armed forces members who die on active duty are eligible for burial in one of VETERAN ADMINISTRATION's 114 national cemeteries. An eligible veteran must have been discharged or separated from active duty under honorable or general conditions and have completed 


Headstones or markers
The V.A. will furnish a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world. Upright headstones are available in granite and marble and flat markers are available in granite, marble and bronze. The style must be consistent with existing monuments or markers at the place of burial.  

Replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations
Military service medals, awards and decorations are available from the National Personnel Records Center (N.P.R.C.). Family members may request medals and awards for living veterans only if they have obtained their signed authorization. For deceased veterans, requests will be accepted from the next-of-kin.  If there are any questions or concerns please contact us; Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 847.752.6444.  

Veteran’s benefits are not paid automatically; the Veterans Administration needs to be notified. To ensure prompt handling of your claim, have the following information available.

·         Social Security number for yourself and your dependent children
·         Certified copy of original DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
·         Certified copy of Death Certificate
·         Verification of the life insurance amount you will receive as a result of the veterans death
·         Paid receipts for hospital and doctor bills incurred by last illness, if applicable
·         Paid receipts for funeral and cemetery expenses
·         If either yourself or the veteran was previously married, provide a certified copy of the original             divorce decree or death certificate proving the previous marriage was dissolved by divorce or             death
·         If there are dependent children, you will need an original birth certificate for each child under               18 or over 18 if full-time student
·         If over 18 and still in school, you will need to fill out V. A. Form 21-674
·         If you or the veteran receive Social Security Benefits, the exact amount must be reported
·         If you already have a V. A. claim number, you must furnish the claim number you have been               assigned
·         If you or the veteran receive additional income, the source and exact amount must be reported

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
VETERAN ADMINISTRATION will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000 if the veteran's death is service connected. VETERAN ADMINISTRATION also will pay the cost of transporting the remains of a service-disabled veteran to the national cemetery nearest the home of a deceased that has available graves available. In such cases, the person who bore the veteran's burial expenses may claim reimbursement from VETERAN ADMINISTRATION. VETERAN ADMINISTRATION will pay a $300 burial and funeral expense allowance for veterans who, at time of death, were entitled to receive pension or compensation or would have been entitled to compensation but for receipt of military retirement pay. Eligibility also is established when death occurs in a VETERAN ADMINISTRATION facility or a nursing home with which VETERAN ADMINISTRATION contracted. Additional costs of transportation of the remains may be reimbursed. There is no time limit for filing reimbursement claims of service-connected deaths. In other deaths, claims must be filed within two years after permanent burial or cremation.

VETERAN ADMINISTRATION will pay a $300 plot allowance when the veteran is not buried in a cemetery that is under U.S. Government jurisdiction if the veteran is discharged from active duty because of disability incurred or aggravated in line of duty, if the veteran was in receipt of compensation or pension or would have been in receipt of compensation but for receipt of military retired pay, or if the veteran died while hospitalized by VETERAN ADMINISTRATION. The plot allowance is not payable solely on wartime service.  If the veteran is buried without charge for the cost of a plot or interment in a state-owned cemetery reserved solely for veteran burials, the $300 plot allowance may be paid to the state. Burial expenses paid by the deceased's employer or a state agency will not be reimbursed.  Click here for additional information.

Burial Flags
VETERAN ADMINISTRATION provides an American flag to drape the casket of a veteran and to a person entitled to retired military pay. After the funeral service, the flag may be given to the next of kin or a close associate. VETERAN ADMINISTRATION also will issue a flag on behalf of a service member who was missing in action and later presumed dead. Flags are issued at VETERAN ADMINISTRATION regional offices, national cemeteries, and post offices.

Medallion Benefit (Updated February 2015) 
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a medallion, by request, to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a Veteran. This device is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or grave marker for those Veterans whose death occurred on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. Why choose a medallion: Bronze medallions are durable and can be easily affixed to privately purchased headstones by anyone, avoiding headstone or marker setting fees. The medallion also offers a way to identify the grave as that of a Veteran when a cemetery only allows one headstone per grave, preventing the use of a standard VA marker as a footstone. Sizes: The medallion is available in three sizes: Large (6-3/8”W x 4-3/4”H x 1/2”D), Medium (3-3/4”W x 2-7/8”H x 1/4"D) and Small (2”W x 1-1/2”H x 1/3”D). Each medallion is inscribed with the word “VETERAN” across the top and the branch of service at the bottom. Once a claim for a medallion is received and approved, VA will mail the medallion along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the device to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover. Important: This benefit is only applicable if the grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. In these instances, eligible Veterans are entitled to either a traditional Government-furnished headstone or marker, or the new medallion, but not both. To request a medallion, please use VA Form 40 - 1330M, Claim for Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery, which is available on the National Cemetery Administration website at: http://www.cem.va.gov/hmm/  The veteran's Next of Kin (NOK), a person authorized in writing by the NOK or a representative authorized in writing by the deceased veteran may order the medallion. If there are two veterans interred, two medallions can be affixed to the privately purchased headstone.

Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 800. 827.1000 for more information; or to have questions answered.


Burial Services

If burial has been selected, usually any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home.

Let’s just say this: there is no ‘hard and fast’ formula for honoring your loved one when burial has been selected. We’re here to listen to your concerns, share our experience, and help you to arrive at the perfect way to gather together before your loved one's interment in the cemetery of your choice.  

Pre-planning a funeral is an essential part of a well-tended life, as it provides you with time to make end-of-life decisions in a calm and rational atmosphere. Start your planning process now and contact us for pre-planning advice.  Pre-planning your final arrangements is simply a matter of taking the time to think about and writing down your wishes. It is a thoughtful gesture to those you love, and a way to let go of anxieties about the future. You will be more relaxed knowing that your plans are made and in the hands of reliable friends or family.


Cremation Services

Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains; after the funeral ceremony. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.  

Morizzo Funeral Home understands that there are several different versions of the disposition after the funeral service or memorial service, there is a burial or an interment, where a casket is placed in a grave at the family’s cemetery, sometimes Morizzo Funeral Chapel will place a casket in a crypt at a mausoleum; this is a known as an entombment.  Some will bury an urn with the cremains or place a cremation urn in a small version of a crypt in a mausoleum this is referred to as an inurnment.  Here at Morizzo Funeral Parlor is not uncommon for a family to scatter the cremains of a family member at a private ceremony.  Occasionally at Morizzo Funeral Home we still have burials at sea; this could be the traditional complete full body, usually casket free or cremains or ash scattering.  Commonly hair, finger nail clipping or cremains may be placed in small urns or pieces of jewelry, as a small keepsake of the individual that has died, this allows there family members to have a keepsake of the deceased.  Technology allows families the opportunity to produce diamonds from the cremains of their family member, if this interest you; Morizzo Funeral Home will help with this matter.    What is important to realize is that prior to any of these dispositions, traditionally there is the opportunity for a wake and funeral service.


GLOSSARY - FUNERAL RELATED TERMINOLOGY 

Advance Planning
 - making arrangements for a funeral, memorial, ceremony or other service/plans prior to death. Advance Planning can involve simply recording one's wishes (Pre-Planning), or making financial arrangements (Pre-Paying). Also known as "Pre-Need." Talk to one of our Funeral Directors at 847.752.6444 for more information on making arrangements in advance. For additional information, please visit our Preneed page.

Aftercare  - one of many terms used to describe services available to family members after the death of a loved one.  Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, is a free resource when you have questions or need assistance with anything from where to find a grief support group to applying for government-related benefits.

Alternative container - A container which does not meet the standards of a burial casket and is used to hold human remains for cremation. It is usually made of heavy cardboard or chipboard.

American Wilbert Vault - American Wilbert has been part of the Chicagoland burial vault or concrete outside containers tradition for over 125 years.  Burials are steeped in tradition and are personal decisions that may be unique as the individual.  

Apportionment - Dividing cremated remains into portions for separate disposition. For example, a set of cremated remains could be divided into three portions, with one portion placed in an urn in a columbarium, another portion scattered in a favorite place, and yet another carried in a locket.

Arrangement Conference - The meeting at the funeral home when funeral arrangements are made.

Arrangement Room - The funeral home room used by family members and the funeral director to make arrangements for the funeral service.

Artco Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Ashes: See cremated remains.

Aurora Casket Company: Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Autopsy - thorough inspection of a body after death by a forensic pathologist in order to determine the cause of death.

Batesville Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Basic Services - describes the basic services provided by Advance Planning - making arrangements for a funeral, memorial, ceremony or other service/plans prior to death. Advance Planning can involve simply recording one's wishes (Pre-Planning), or making financial arrangements (Pre-Paying). Also known as "Pre-Need." Talk to one of our Funeral Directors at 847.752.6444 for more information on making arrangements in advance. For additional information, please visit our Preneed page.

Aftercare  - one of many terms used to describe services available to family members after the death of a loved one.  Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services is a free resource when you have questions or need assistance with anything from where to find a grief support group to applying for government-related benefits.

Alternative container - A container which does not meet the standards of a burial casket and is used to hold human remains for cremation. It is usually made of heavy cardboard or chipboard.

American Wilbert Vault - American Wilbert has been part of the Chicagoland burial vault or concrete outside containers tradition for over 125 years.  Burials are steeped in tradition and are personal decisions that may be unique as the individual.  

Apportionment - Dividing cremated remains into portions for separate disposition. For example, a set of cremated remains could be divided into three portions, with one portion placed in an urn in a columbarium, another portion scattered in a favorite place, and yet another carried in a locket.

Arrangement Conference - The meeting at the funeral home when funeral arrangements are made.

Arrangement Room - The funeral home room used by family members and the funeral director to make arrangements for the funeral service.

Artco Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Ashes: See cremated remains.

Aurora Casket Company: Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Autopsy - thorough inspection of a body after death by a forensic pathologist in order to determine the cause of death.

Batesville Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Basic Services - describes the basic services provided by Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, transporting remains, coordinating funeral details, assisting with administrative tasks such as completing a death certificate, applying for benefits, etc. Also see "General Price List."

Body Donation - donation of the entire body for purposes of medical science and education. It may be possible for a portion, or portions, of the body not used for study to be cremated and made available to a donor's family. 

Burial - Also interment. Placing human remains in a grave in the earth or in an underground tomb.

Burial Case - See Casket.

Burial Vault - see "Outer Burial Container."

Burial Permit (or certificate) - Legal permission from local authorities for the burial to occur. It may also authorize cremation or removal of the remains to a distant place.

Burial Garments - Clothing made especially for the dead.

Burial Insurance - See funeral insurance.

Canopy - A portable canvas shelter used to cover the grave area during a burial. Also called a tent.

Casket - a rigid container designed for human remains. Usually constructed of wood, metal, fiberglass, plastic, or like material, it is often ornamented and lined with fabric.  Sometimes called a burial case.

Casket coach - See Funeral coach.

Catafalque - A stand for holding the casket in state during visitation and the funeral service.

Cemetery - land reserved for graves (burials), tombs or funeral urns.

Cenotaph - An empty tomb, monument or plaque erected in memory of a person whose remains lie elsewhere.

Certified Death Certificate - A legal copy of the original death certificate, issued by local authorities at the request of family members, for the purposes of resolving the estate of deceased family member.

Chapel - A large room in a funeral home dedicated to holding funeral services.

Chapel Ceremony - a funeral or memorial ceremony

Chicago Sun-Times - A resource for finding death notices.

Chicago Tribune - A resource for finding death notices.

Church Truck - Stand with wheels for holding casket during service at a church.

Clarksburg Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Closed Casket - describes a visitation or ceremony in which the body is in a closed casket, not available for viewing.

Coffin - An English-style, wedge-shaped casket, usually with 6 sides, a dated term.

Columbarium - A building or part of a building containing niches designed to hold and memorialize cremated remains.

Committal service: The final part of a funeral service during which the remains are buried or entombed.

Cortege - See Funeral Procession.

Cosmetology - Using cosmetics to restore a lifelike appearance to the deceased. usually done when there will be visitation.

Cremated Remains - Also called cremains or ashes. The portion of a body remaining after cremation. For an adult this is about 6-8 pounds of cremains.

Cremation - Reduction of the body to cremated remains by fire or intense heat.

Cremation Permit - A certificate issued by the local authority authorizing cremation of the deceased.

Crematory - A specially-designed retort / furnace / chamber for cremating human remains, or a building housing such a retort or furnace.

Crypt - Vault or room used for keeping remains.

Curtiss Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Death Benefits - when a loved one dies, survivors may be eligible for benefits from Social Security or the Veteran's Administration.

Death Certificate - A legal document signed by a physician showing cause of death and other information about the deceased.

Death Notice - A paragraph in the relevant section of the newspaper informing people of a person's death and giving those funeral details the survivors wish published. Most list the names of the deceased person's close relatives.

Deceased - (1) To be dead. (2) The dead person.

Direct Burial - a burial with no viewing or visitation, usually consisting of care, transportation and burial of remains. A ceremony may be held at the graveside.

Direct Cremation - cremation occurs without previous ceremony, viewing or visitation.

Disinter - Also Exhume. To dig up the remains from the burial place. This may occur when a family wishes to re-bury the remains in a family plot or move them to another cemetery.

Display room - The room in a funeral home or cemetery where caskets, urns, memorial plaques and other funeral and memorial related materials are displayed.

Ecclesiastical titles - social titles and titles of rank, both before and after a person's name.  Examples Abbot, Archbishop, Archdeacon, Blessed, Bishop, Brother, Buddha, Cantor, Cardinal, Chaplain, Deacon, Dean, Elder, Father, Friar, Messiah, Monsignor, Mother Superior, Pastor, Patriarch, Pope, Prophet, rabbi, Reverend, saint, Sister and Venerable.

Elegy - an elegy (from the Greek word for "lament") is a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.

Embalming - a procedure in which human remains are chemically treated by injection and/or topical application for temporary preservation, including, but not limited to, the act of disinfecting, preserving, and restoring the human remains to natural life-like appearance. The preservation is intended to allow for adequate time to plan a funeral ceremony and for friends and family to travel from out-of-town.

Entombment - Placing the human remains in a tomb or crypt.

Eulogy - words spoken at a ceremony to celebrate the life of a person who has died.

Exhume - See Disinter.

Family Car - A limousine used by immediate family in the funeral procession.

Family-Owned and Operated – Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services is proud to remain an independent, family-owned, third generation funeral home. This allows us to continue our focus on delivering personal care to our families, as we have since we began in 1938

Family Room - A room in the funeral home where the family can have privacy at the time of the funeral.

Flower Car - Vehicle used to transport flowers from the funeral home to the church and/or cemetery.

Final Disposition - The last process the remains go through, for example burial, cremation, burial of cremated remains.

Final Rites - The funeral service.

First Call - The funeral director's first visit to the place of death in order to remove the remains and obtain any information which is needed immediately.

Florist – Flowers are ordered to be on display during the wake and funeral from those close to the deceased from a company that designs floral arrangements.  

FTC Funeral Rule - The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule outlines specific requirements for funeral homes regarding funeral goods and services. The Funeral Rule demonstrates one of many ways the industry is regulated to protect consumers and ensure a high level of professionalism within the business.

Funeral Arrangements - A conference between the deceased's family and Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services where the details of the funeral and direction from the family is discussed and relevant finances are finalized.

Funeral Coach - Also casket coach or hearse. Motor vehicle designed to convey the casket from Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services to the place of burial entombment or cremation.

Funeral Ceremony - The ceremony or group of ceremonies that marks a person's death, held before he or she is buried or cremated.

Funeral Director - Also mortician, undertaker. A licensed, trained and certified professional who arranges and supervises the burial entombment or cremation of human remains.

Funeral Home - A building used for embalming or otherwise preparing human remains for final disposition and for arranging and conducting funeral services, an example Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Funeral Insurance - aka burial insurance. An insurance policy, normally written for an amount, which provides money for a funeral upon the death of the person insured.

Funeral Procession - A procession, usually in motor vehicles, from the church or chapel to the cemetery.

Funeral Service – Also known as final rites. The rites conducted immediately before final disposition of the dead body.

Funeral Casket Spray - A floral tribute to the deceased from those closest in relationship to the deceased that normally would lie on the foot panel of the casket.

Funeral Trust - See Prearranged funeral trust.

Grave - An excavated ground area for the purposes of burial.

Grave Liner – A receptacle made of concrete, metal, plastic or wood used to line the grave to protect the human remains and to prevent the grave from collapsing.

Grave Marker - See Memorial marker.

Green Funeral - describes funeral, cremation and burial options that are eco-friendly. For example, a casket of biodegradable material may be chosen for burial, or a tree may be planted over a grave as a way of "giving back" to the environment.

Grieving - part of the natural process that includes experiencing deep sadness.

Hearse - See Casket coach.

Honorary Pallbearers - Friends, or members of a religious, social, fraternal or military organization, who act as an honor guard or escort for the deceased. They do not carry the casket.

Hospice - is a type of care and a philosophy of care which focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient's symptoms. These symptoms can be physical, emotional, spiritual or social in nature.

Immediate Burial - with the exception of a graveside ceremony, the direct disposition of human remains without a formal viewing, visitation or ceremony.

In state - See Viewing.

Inquest - An official inquiry, sometimes before a jury, to determine the cause of death.

Inter - To bury in a grave or tomb.

Interment - Placing human remains in a grave in the earth or in an underground tomb.

Inurnment - Placing cremated remains in an urn.

Lake Forrest Casket, Inc - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Lead Car  - A vehicle used to transport clergy or personnel for funeral/memorial ceremonies and the lead car for the funeral procession, when needed.

Mausoleum - A building containing above-ground tombs or crypts.

Memorial Luncheon – A gathering after a funeral of family and friends were lunch would typically be served to all.  

Memorial Marker - A marker used to identify a grave, crypt, urn placement site or other place of final disposition. Permanent markers are usually of metal or stone and give the name of the deceased, their dates of birth and death, and sometimes a sentimental message.

Medical Examiner – An appointed person who examines a body after death to determine the cause of death.

Memorial Folder - a printed folder available during a visitation, memorial or church ceremony. The name, birth and death dates of the deceased are often included. A prayer or meaningful quote may also be used.

 Memorial Service - A service conducted in memory of the deceased when the remains are not present.

Memorial Donation - A contribution made to a particular charity or organization in honor of the person who has died. This donation is usually made instead of sending flowers.

Minister's Room - A room in the funeral home set aside for the use of the clergy person or officiant before and after a funeral service.

Morgue - A place where human remains are kept pending autopsy, identification or preparation for a wake and funeral.

Morizzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, located at 2550 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates, IL. 60169, established in the year 1938; phone number 847.752.6444.  Common misspellings of Morizzo Funeral Home; Morrizzo Funeral Home, Marizzo Funeral Parlor, Morrizo Funeral Chapel, Morrizzo Funeral Home and Crematory.

Mortician - A licensed, trained and certified professional who arranges and supervises the burial entombment or cremation of human remains.

Mortuary - A building used for embalming or otherwise preparing human remains for final disposition and for arranging and conducting funeral services.

Mortuary Science - the area of study in which a funeral director is certified and trained. This intensive educational program leads to the awarding of an accredited associate degree, and includes a wide range of topics - from helping grieving individuals and preparing a body for burial or cremation, to planning a funeral service.

Mourner - Someone who is present at the funeral out of love and/or respect for the deceased.

Next of Kin - a person's nearest relative.

Niche - A hollow space in a wall made for placing urns. It may be indoors or outdoors.

Niche Garden - An outdoor garden containing structures with niches.

Oak Ridge Casket Company - Provider of caskets to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Obituary - A notice, usually in the newspaper, containing biographical details of the deceased. Anotice placed in the newspaper about a person's death. An obituary can include biographical information about the person who died, as well as details about a planned service.

Officiant – a clergy person responsible for including a religious message and eulogy for those who gather at the funeral.

Pall - a religious cloth that is placed over a coffin at the funeral ceremony.

Pallbearers - Those who carry the casket during a funeral service. They are usually friends and relatives, a person who helps carry or escort a casket at a funeral or burial ceremony.

Plot - A privately-owned piece of ground in a cemetery which contains two or more grave sites, an area in a cemetery specifically set aside for burial.

Prayer Card  - A printed card available during a visitation, memorial or church ceremony, a keepsake with deceased name made available during wake and funeral.

Prearranged Funeral -  A funeral which has been arranged and may be prepaid before the person's death.

Prearranged Funeral Trust - A trust fund where money for prearranged funerals is held until needed. In most States trusts are established under State law and/or supervision.

Pre-Need/Pre-Payment/Pre-Planning – See Advance Planning.

Preparation Room - A specially-designed room at Morizzo Funeral Home equipped for preparing the deceased for final disposition.

Procession: See Funeral procession.

Register - A book containing details about the deceased and the funeral service which can be signed by all those attending. It is then given to the immediate family.

Register Book - A book that a family may choose to set out at a ceremony, for visitors to sign as a way to pay their respects to the person who has died. This list of visitors can be of comfort to the family in the days following a ceremony.

Remains - The dead body of the deceased person.

Reposing Room - See Visitation room.

Scattering - The act of distributing ashes or cremains in an open outdoor area.

Service Car - A vehicle belonging to the funeral home used to transport chairs, flower stands, etc.

Survivors - Those who have outlived the deceased, especially family members.

Tent - See canopy.

Thanatos - 1) ancient Greek personification of death.  2) Psychoanalysis, (usually lowercase) the death instinct, especially as expressed in violent aggression.

Tomb - A chamber excavated from earth or rock specifically for receiving human remains, grave or other place, such as a mausoleum, used to bury a dead person.

 Traditional Full-Service Funeral - usually includes a viewing and visitation, formal ceremony, a graveside service, and burial or entombment.

Transferring - Remains may need to be transported to another location.

Transit Permit - A permit issued by a local authority allowing a body to be transported to the place of burial or cremation.

Undertaker -  See Funeral director.

Urn - A container, usually of metal, wood or porcelain, into which cremated remains / cremains are permanently placed.

Urn Garden - A garden containing urn burial sites and frequently niches.

Urn Placement - Permanent placing of an urn into a niche or urn burial site.

Urn Vault - a small reinforced container used for housing an urn in the ground. The Urn Vault acts the same as a burial vault does for a casket - to help protect the surrounding ground from collapse.

Vault - (1) A burial chamber which is underground or partly so. (2) A metal or concrete container for the casket.

Viewing - Making the deceased available to be visited and seen by relatives and friends before or after the funeral service. A period of time set aside for friends and family to view the person who has died, usually in a special room within a funeral home or place of worship. Also called a "Visitation."

Vigil - religious services or prayers, usually held the night before a funeral. A vigil, as the name suggests, is a time for keeping watch. A Roman Catholic religious service held on the eve of the funeral service.

Visitation - a period of time set aside for friends and family to visit the family of the person who has died. See also "Viewing." An opportunity for family and friends to view the deceased in private before the funeral service.

Visitation Room - A room in a funeral home where the body lies in state before the funeral service so that people may view the deceased and spend time with other survivors.

Wake - (1) A watch kept over the deceased the night before the funeral service. (2) Social activities such as feasting and dancing associated with some funeral traditions.

Wilbert Vault Company - Provider of burial vaults to funeral homes in the Chicagoland area.

Worsham College of Mortuary Science - Founded in 1911, is a private institution offering an Associates Degree in twelve months. The College is dedicated to educating men and women for the funeral service profession.