With a population of around 188,000 people, Grand Rapids is a relatively small city, especially when compared to other significant urban spaces in the area such as Detroit. The population of the entire Grand Rapids metropolitan area is estimated to be around 1,005,650. There are around five funeral homes in Grand Rapids.
A very diverse city, Grand Rapids is home to a variety of cultures and nationalities. This is also a region of religious diversity, making it highly likely that funeral homes in Grand Rapids can offer specialized services for particular religious groups.
Many of the residents of Grand Rapids have Dutch ancestry, and the Dutch Reformed church has a significant presence in the form of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Roman Catholicism, other Protestant Reformed religions and Methodism are other important religious affiliations in this city.
Grand Rapids is home to one Mosque (the Islamic Center and Religious Institute near Burton Street) several dozen churches (such as the Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Ada Bible Church) and two synagogues (the Congregation Avahas Israel on Michigan Street and the Temple Emmaus Religious School on Fulton Street).
Key cemeteries open for new burials include Oak Hill Cemetery on Hall Street, Fulton Street Cemetery and Fairplains Cemetery to the north of the city center.
Please note that under Michigan state law, unlike in other states where death certificates are restricted documents, anyone can order a copy of a person’s death certificate. Embalming may be legally required for transportation purposes or if the person died from certain rare communicable diseases.
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