Funeral Customs with Military Honors


Funeral professionals will undoubtedly be asked at various times in their careers to arrange military funeral honors for a veteran. It is important for funeral professionals to keep the feeling of deep gratitude as the motivating force for all that you do when working with military families. While the rendering of military funeral honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law, it is an honor and a privilege for you to be asked to assist in helping such a ceremony take place.

In this course, funeral directors will learn how to organize, plan, and conduct a military funeral. The course addresses such important topics as military funeral honors law; the proper positioning of military pallbearers, color guard, and clergy during a military service; flag etiquette and how to properly display a U.S. military burial flag; how much the VA will reimburse for burial expenses; how headstones and markers for a member of the military should be inscribed; and more.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • identify the eligibility requirements to receive military funeral honors
  • list the steps to secure military honors for veterans
  • recognize the burial benefits available to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • describe how to display a U.S. burial flag on three types of caskets
  • understand how to best assist families in securing veterans' burial benefits

Designed For

All funeral professionals
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