Coping with a loss is never easy, and services are an essential part of the recovery process. A funeral service, memorial service or celebration of life service provides 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 and peace. No matter the setting, style, or direction you choose, our professional staff are honored to assist you in creating a service that reflects your loved one's unique life journey.
Funeral or Memorial Services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, cemetery or even at 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. For more information on personalization, visit our page on Celebrating Life.
Visitation is also known as viewing, wake or calling hours. This is a time which is set aside for family, friends and acquaintances to gather in a room with the departed loved one (the casket maybe opened or closed). This gives a chance to say goodbye, offer support and sympathy to the bereaved by your presence or words. It helps bring closure as part of the recovery process. Sometimes you will have a time of gathering where there may be a picture or urn if an immediate cremation was chosen.
There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences and what the cemetery offers:
Depending of the cemetery the committal service may be held at the gravesite, chapel or committal shelter. These services allows family and friends to accompany the deceased to his or her final disposition and traditionally follows a funeral service.
If the person is to be placed in the ground it is called a burial, in a mausoleum it is called an entombment. Cremains may be buried, scattered, placed in a columbarium or niche wall. (Cremains may remain in the care of a family member or friend.)
Traditionally if an immediate burial is chosen your loved ones remains will be buried or entombed without a gathering of family or friends present.
The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life: you can provide a chance for friends and family to say goodbye through a final viewing before the cremation, and you can also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs. We encourage you to consider holding a service to honor your loved one. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
Graveside Services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
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. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for internment or another form of disposition.
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.