Service Options

Service Options

Planning a funeral can be a very challenging and stressful process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss.

Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.

Burial Services

There are different types of services that you can choose from for a loved one’s burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:

  • Immediate (or Direct) Burial means that your loved one will be buried or entombed without a visitation or viewing, a public service or any type of gathering or service.
  • Visitation, also called a “viewing” or a “wake”, allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket and say goodbye or offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
  • Funeral or Memorial Services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even in your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one, often this is called a “Celebration of Life” service. For more information, visit our page on personalization.
  • Graveside or “Committal” Services are held in a cemetery. Not always, but often this type of service is held in conjunction with (usually preceded by) a visitation and/or funeral (or memorial) service of some kind. This service allows family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final resting place, be it ground burial (called, “interment”) or in a mausoleum (called, “entombment”).

Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation prior to the cremation itself.

This is absolutely not the case, and more often than not cremation is preceded by some type of service honoring the deceased, whether it is a formal funeral service or casual, upbeat type “Celebration of Life”.

We encourage you to consider holding some type of service to celebrate the life of the deceased. It is our experience that the sooner after the death that a service is held, the more well attended it is and the more support you will receive from friends of the deceased. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life. We can help you plan something very simple or something more elaborate but one that either way will hold a lasting memory for you, your family and friends.

Disposition of “Ashes”

The cremated remains, “Cremains” or more commonly, “Ashes”, are what remain of the body after cremation has taken place.

There are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition after this happens:

  • Inurnment means that you'll bury (or entomb) the urn containing your loved one's ashes in a special place. This can be at a cemetery in a family grave (or “plot”) or in a niche in a mausoleum. If you do not own cemetery space for this purpose, our staff can assist you in finding the perfect place for your loved one. Graveside services may accompany the inurnment and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes either with or without the assistance of a priest or minister present.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site, where it’s allowed. In many places it is not lawful to do so, so check the ordinance where you are intending to scatter.
  • Keepsakes or Cremation Jewelry may be purchased and used to hold a portion of the ashes. In this way, the ashes may be divided up among family members, if desired. Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location or with them at all times.

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