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The Difference Between Funeral Homes & Cemeteries November 7, 2018

Pearl City, Ewa
The Difference Between Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Ewa, Hawaii

When it comes to arranging a funeral, many individuals don’t have much prior experience with the industry. A common question that many have during funeral planning is what the difference is between a funeral home and a cemetery. While a funeral home will prepare the deceased for burial, host the memorial service and assist the family with organizing the event, a cemetery is the location that the burial service takes place. 

What Separates a Funeral Home From a Cemetery?

Funeral Home

funeralA funeral home provides a full range of funerary services for families in comparison to a cemetery. This is helpful for the planning process and is often spearheaded by the funeral director.

The role of a funeral director is to organize various aspects of the memorial. This can range from assistance with music and casket selection to preparing the deceased for viewing and organizing how the memorial will be hosted.

The funeral director may also make recommendations concerning the burial location (i.e., the cemetery), the headstone choice, and other burial decisions. The funeral home will also assist with transporting the casket to the burial location following the service.


Once a family has completed the memorial, the casket is transported to a cemetery of the family’s choice. Many choose to have a burial service to create a sense of finality, often bringing a religious figure to guide the proceedings.

The cemetery will be the final resting place of the deceased. This is where the family can to return to lay flowers on the grave and visit their loved one, as well as where the headstone will be placed. Some funeral homes will have a cemetery attached, whereas others will be located near one another.


For more questions on the funeral planning process, contact the team at Leeward Funeral Home of Pearl City, HI. Their friendly staff has a strong focus on grief support and community healing and is here to accompany loved ones through the funeral planning process each step of the way. Visit them online or give them a call at (808) 455-1041 to discuss planning a memorial service for your loved one.