from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An establishment in which the dead are prepared for burial or cremation and in which wakes and funerals may be held.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mortuary where the friends and relatives of the deceased may attend a wake, or pay their last respects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An establishment, usually commercial, where the bodies of dead persons are prepared for viewing before burial or cremation; called also funeral parlor, mortuary, funeral chapel and informally, undertaker's. The body may or may not be preserved by embalming before viewing or burial, and in some cases the body is not exposed for viewing, though present in a casket. Often, some form of memorial service is held for the deceased at the funeral home, where friends and relatives may come to pay their respects to the dead, and express condolence to the family. The work of preparation of the body and many other arrangements related to the funeral and burial are carried out by an undertaker or mortician who manages the funeral home.

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  • n. a mortuary where those who knew the deceased can come to pay their last respects


funeral +‎ home (Wiktionary)


  • I had expected her to look all pale and waxy — like when I peeked through the crack in the bed­room door before the men from the funeral home came to take her body away — but her face was flushed and healthy, almost sunburned.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Both through the funeral home but mainly as manager of the Double Oaks apartment development.

    Oral History Interview with Frederick Douglas Alexander, April 1, 1975. Interview B-0065. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • According to Jessica Koth, the public relations director for the NFDA, grief products made their way into funeral home offerings about fifteen years ago.

    The Truth About Grief

  • My line-hating father had refused to participate in the thirty-minute procession from the funeral home to the cemetery so he had sped off ahead of us.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

  • The funeral home was a big brown house, with old briquette siding.

    The Office girls

  • “Oh, he was so good-looking in his time,” Eugenia Tempska was telling Joseph Angelo on the funeral home steps when we passed.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • “We first started coming to the NFDA convention in 1999,” Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge told me when I stopped by her booth, for in addition to giving the seminar to funeral home employees on how to talk people out of choosing direct cremation, she and her husband, Robert DeVries, were also selling their four books and other “helpful resources” workshops, training videos, etc. at the Expo Pavilion.

    The Truth About Grief

  • The funeral home was about two blocks from where his mother had lived, where Louis had grown up after they had moved from Des Moines when he was ten, just east of the Capitol Hill area where old brick homes were becom­ing rundown rentals and where Hispanic street gangs had claimed the night.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • See, now here's the — the white funeral home and the chauffeurs were the pallbearers for the funeral.

    Oral History Interview with Lemuel Delany, July 15, 2005. Interview R-0346. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • But as the study of death and dying exploded in the 1970s—Vanderlyn Pine, a former funeral home director turned sociology professor, called it the period of “pop death”—the field developed its corps of grief professionals, even while a great many of them were attracted to such work for extremely personal reasons.

    The Truth About Grief


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  • A funeral home, or mortuary, is a business that provides burial and funeral services for the deceased and their families. These services may include a prepared wake and funeral, and the provision of a chapel for the funeral.

    Also called a funeral parlor

    February 3, 2008