People often use the word “funeral” to describe a number of events surrounding final arrangements. In general, a funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one allowing the opportunity to mourn, lend support, and pay tribute to the life of the deceased. Funeral services often consist of one or more of the following events:
Immediate Burial — one's physical remains are buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
Visitation (also "viewing," "wake," or "calling hours") — allows family and friends to gather privately with the departed loved one (open or closed casket). Visitors have the opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ and offer support and sympathy to the bereaved.
Funeral or Memorial Services takes place at a funeral home, a church, in your home, or any other location of your choosing. The service is a ceremony to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, a visitation and funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.
Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services — held at the cemetery. This service allows family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to their final disposition through ground burial.
A big misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is not the case. When cremation is selected, we encourage you to also include a memorial service. There are many options in honoring a loved one's life. You may provide a chance for friends and family to say ‘goodbye’ at a final viewing before the cremation and also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs.
After the cremation process, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
Interment — bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. Locations include the family plot, memorial site, cremation niche, urn garden, or other indoor and outdoor location. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment options.
Graveside Services — similar to a traditional ground burial. Loved ones gather at a burial location with the cremated remains to honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
Scattering — spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, cemetery, over water, or at another meaningful site. You may choose to scatter some cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
Multiple Urns — allows family members separated by distance to feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place nearby.
Keepsake Urns — family members can place loved one’s cremated remains in a small keepsake urn that can be a miniature urn, a piece of jewelry, or a small ornament that allows you to keep your loved one close by at all times.