Morgue vs Funeral Home

Grungy photo of corpse feet on a morgue tableWhen dealing with end-of-life matters, it is crucial to comprehend the differences between various facilities involved. Two terms that often arise are “morgue” and “funeral home.” At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we believe in equipping individuals with knowledge to make informed decisions during difficult times. In this blog post, we will shed light on the distinction between a morgue and a funeral home, fostering understanding and clarity.

The Purpose of a Morgue

A morgue, also known as a coroner’s office, facilitates temporary storage and examination of deceased individuals. Morgues play a vital role in the forensic and medical system, aiding in the determination of the cause of death through autopsies and ensuring the preservation of bodies during investigations. Operated by medical professionals, including pathologists and forensic experts, morgues are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as refrigeration units, autopsy rooms, and mortuary tables to handle bodies with utmost care. Our focus at Foothill Funeral, however, lies primarily on funeral services rather than forensic purposes. That said, we perform services such as embalming and further preparation of bodies before burial. Continue reading Morgue vs Funeral Home

Death of a Spouse: Why wait one year to make a big decision?

Death of a spouse in glendoraLosing a spouse to death can be a devastating and life-altering experience. It can leave one feeling lost, alone, and overwhelmed with grief. During such a time, it is common for individuals to try to make major decisions or life changes as a way of regaining control and moving forward. However, many experts recommend that one wait for at least a year before making any significant decisions or moves after the loss of a spouse. Continue reading Death of a Spouse: Why wait one year to make a big decision?

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer PSABreast cancer claims the lives of roughly 43,000 women in America each year. Men also get the disease, although in much smaller numbers. Even so, approximately 520 men will die from breast cancer in America this year. In hopes of reducing the number of associated deaths, as a public service, we are dedicating this week’s blog post to breast cancer awareness. Think pink.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation Defines Breast Cancer:

“In a healthy body, natural systems control the creation, growth and death of cells. Cancer occurs when these systems don’t work right. When cells don’t die at the normal rate, there’s more cell growth than cell death. This excess growth can form a tumor. Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control. Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. Some tumors are aggressive and grow much faster.”

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How to Handle COVID-19 Remains

Uptick in Deaths COVIDWith death rates rising across the world due to COVID-19, funeral directors have peppered the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) with questions about how to safely manage COVID-19 remains. Guidelines vary according to state and local authorities. However, certain policies guarantee best practices across the board. While we recommend you defer to local government officials, the following blog post outlines guidelines we are following at Foothill Funeral & Cremation, which is located in LA County, in the San Gabriel Valley, in the city of Glendora, California. Continue reading How to Handle COVID-19 Remains

Good Habits to Adopt During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Coronavirus TipsSince COVID-19 will likely be around for some time, we need to develop healthy habits to keep safe. At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, we’ve developed Coronavirus-specific protocols to keep our employees and clients as healthy as possible. Click here to read our blog post about our COVID-19 Mortuary Practice. As a public service, we have put together some tips to keep you and your family safe in these troubling times: Continue reading Good Habits to Adopt During the COVID-19 Pandemic