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A mortuary, sometimes referred to as a funeral home, is a funeral service agency that specializes in planning and conducting burials, cremations, and memorial services. This includes preparing the body of the deceased for the funeral, helping the family choose a casket or an urn, as well guiding the selection of music and flowers, and arranging transportation to the cemetery.

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"Garnand Funeral Home (mortuary), 1930-1945 postcard, February 11, 2011" by Boston Public Library is licensed under CC BY.

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