Choosing a Funeral Home, Mortuary
or Crematory in the US for a Funeral or Cremation Service
Funerals Online's directory of funeral homes and cremation providers in
the US has been designed to help all visitors to the site find local funeral
and cremation services in their own cities. The directory names each
funeral home, cremation provider or mortuary, organized into states and
then cities and arranged into Zip code order. This means it is logically
and geographically organized to help you find a funeral or cremation provider.
Many directories today often supply their information in alphabetical order
which does not make it easy to locate your nearest provider if you live
in a big city.
Our directory provides an
entirely FREE listing to ALL funeral and cremation businesses in the U.S.
This means that no business is excluded just because they have not paid
us an inclusion fee.
If you should find that a
funeral business listing is missing or incorrect, please submit these details
to us, so that we can verify the information and correct the listing.
If you have arrived at US
Funerals Online but are specifically searching for a low cost funeral or
cremation provider, you may wish to visit our sister site DFS
Memorials, where we list the local, family-owned funeral homes that
do specialize in offering low cost direct cremations and direct burials.
The associations and organizations
listed below are the key funeral industry bodies that support, educate
and help regulate funeral professionals and funeral homes, cremation and
cemetery establishments across the U.S.
The funeral home as we know
it today emerged after the Civil War when the process of embalming came
into general practice. Many funeral homes were known during the late
18th – early 19th century as “funeral parlors”. The reason for this
is that during this period the deceased was traditionally laid out to rest
in the family home in the parlor. Throughout the late 19th century
the practice of embalming became commonplace, and this resulted in more
businesses opening up to offer this ‘trade’. The ritual of caring
for our deceased passed from the family home to the funeral home.
The word ‘mortuary’ originates
from the Latin ‘mortuarium’, meaning receptacle for dead things.
It is today commonly understood to be “a place, especially a funeral home,
where dead bodies are kept before burial or cremation.” The use of
the word mortuary was first recorded in 1865 replacing the coined term
at this time of “deadhouse”. The term ‘morgue’ is closely linked
to our notions of a mortuary, and both terms can be used interchangeably.
Morgue has its origins in French language. Morgue is more generally
used in North American English, whilst mortuary is more common in British
English to refer to temporary refrigerated storage for the deceased.
A mortuary can also commonly be a funeral home. Interestingly, mortuary
is more often found in funeral home names on the West coast of the United
The term undertaker is rarely
used these days (apart from in the world of wrestling) but was used as
the common term originating around the 17th century to describe the profession
for a person who prepared the dead for burial, and in the ‘Wild West’ sense,
also built the coffin.
U.S. Funeral Industry
The death care industry in the
U.S. alone is valued at around $15 billion. There are in the region
of 20,000 funeral homes, funeral parlors and mortuaries. There are
also approximately 115,000 cemeteries and Memorial Gardens and 1,700 crematories.
We would anticipate that the number of funeral homes in the U.S. will decline
over the coming years as the cremation rate increases, likewise we are
likely to see the number of crematories increase. Rather than the
once clear distinction between funeral home, cemetery and crematory, we
are likely to see these services amalgamate. Currently there are
at least 1,000 combination funeral homes and cemeteries in the U.S. funeral
market and around $25 billion is held in trust funds pursuant to preneed
Did you know…?
According to the Property
& Environment Research Center (PERC) – Each year the U.S. buries:
Enough embalming fluid (a known
carcinogen) to fill 8 Olympic-sized swimming pools
More steel than was used to
build the Golden Gate Bridge
And so much reinforced concrete
that a two-lane freeway could be constructed from New York to Detroit.