What purpose does a funeral serve?

The funeral allows family and friends to remember and honor their loved one in a special way. It serves as a central gathering place for family and friends to give emotional support to one another and encourages mourners to face the pain of their loss and express their thoughts and feelings. The funeral also celebrates the deceased’s life, and not their passing. The funeral service allows a time of remembrance and celebration, and allows the healing process to begin.

Is a funeral or memorial service always held in a funeral home or place of worship?

No. As long as local laws permit it, a funeral service can be held anywhere you like, from a local park to a boat at sea! A service can usually be held at any location that family and friends feel would be comfortable and appropriate. We will advise you on regulations and help you plan the funeral.

How can I personalize a funeral service?

We can offer a myriad of ways to personalize your loved ones funeral. One way is to bring personal items into the funeral home to be displayed in or near the casket. We can also accommodate for less formal functions than a full funeral or memorial service.

Do clergy always officiate at a funeral service?

Depending on religious beliefs, the type of ceremony would vary. It is not uncommon for family or friends to share personal thoughts, memories and feelings about the deceased as part of the service.

What if I do not wish to use all the services a funeral home has to offer?

Federal laws dictate that all funeral homes itemize their charges for professional services, facilities and equipment and that they provide a General Price List (GPL) to all clients. You have the right to select and pay for only those services you choose.

May I make the necessary arrangements in advance?

By Pre-Planning your funeral, you can make all the necessary arrangements (and even pay for them) in advance. You will also gain peace of mind knowing your family and friends will be relieved of the emotional and financial burden often associated with making arrangements when a death occurs. By prearranging your funeral and cemetery arrangements, you benefit by purchasing at today’s prices, free from inflationary pressures in the future.

What is a cremation?

Cremation is simply a form of disposition. The crematable casket is placed in a cremation chamber where, through a process of heat and evaporation, the body is reduced to its original elements- bone fragments, not ashes.

Can you have a cremation with an open casket visitation?

Yes, many families select an appropriate service to take place before the cremation or after. You may still have a traditional funeral with visitation, with the cremation disposition taking place after the service.

Where does the cremation take place?

As specialized equipment and training is required for cremations, they typically occur at designated locations. If you are planning on a cremation, ask where they actual cremation process will take place.

What do you do with cremated remains?

Most families select a form of memorialization with their cemetery of choice. Others keep the remains and the urn with them in their home, or the home of a loved one. Call today and ask about our selection of urns and memorabilia.

Does cremation require preplanning?

Cremation does require the same degree of preplanning as does traditional burial. After the death of a loved one, families and friends are grieving. Preplanning for your cremation removes the burden from friends and family.

Do families who choose cremation need to purchase a traditional casket?

Generally speaking, no. Most crematories have regulations regarding the container in which human remains intended for cremation be presented. There are containers specifically designed for the cremation process.

Is embalming required for cremation?

Embalming is required in some States (including Michigan) if the remains are not cremated or buried within 48 hours of death, or if the deceased had certain communicable diseases.

Who created this website?

This website was created by Joseph Thompson. He is not only the Licensed Director and Manager, but he is also the Information Technology specialist and thompsonfuneralhomedetroit.com web administrator.

Is it possible to have an obituary of someone on your website?

Definitely! Simply call our offices at 313-897-0900 and speak with Joseph Thompson.

Can I put my condolences on a funeral page?


You most certainly can! When the funeral information is posted for the public, anybody can comment. Our site moderators and admin does review the comments before they are posted.

I had posted a comment onto a page. How come my message is not showing up immediately?

Our site moderators review all comments before final submissions. We have to protect against individuals with malicious intent, from spam, to insults.

How come I cannot post a comment on the funeral section?

For each funeral service listing, from the date of posting, you will have 10 days to post comments. However, if you have any special requests, you may contact us and we can unlock the comment section after 10 days for additional posting. This is done to preserve the comments for archival.