There are many ways to celebrate ones life in the course of a funeral ceremony. Many of the types of services fall into the following categories and each can be modified to complete specific needs.
The most common funeral service includes an open casket visitation on one or more days.
This provides relatives and friends the best opportunity to express their condolences, offer support and pay tribute. The visitation may include; religious, club or organization services, eulogies of the deceased, appropriate music or hymns, flower displays, pictures and items of memorabilia.
On the morning of the funeral, a final viewing precedes a funeral procession to a church or other place of worship celebrated by a priest or minister. If convenient, the procession may also pause briefly by the decedent’s residence.
A procession then continues to the cemetery or crematory where a final brief service is held. A Military Funeral Honors ceremony for veterans consists of the folding and presentation of the American flag and the sounding of Taps by a detail of uniformed members of the Armed Forces.
The simplest of funeral services where the deceased is transferred from the place of death to the funeral home. The deceased is then placed into a cremation container or casket and transported privately to the cemetery or crematory by a licensed funeral director. There are no services with the body present and the body is not prepared in any way. Of course, family members can make arrangements to attend either service. A memorial service is often celebrated after either service, which is shortly described below.
Days or weeks after an immediate burial or direct cremation, a memorial service without the body present can take place in the funeral home, place of worship or any appropriate location that can accommodate relatives and friends. If cremation was selected, an urn can be purchased for the cremated remains and made available for the service.
We encourage and help families to build a personalized service. Often we find ourselves saying, "There is no standard funeral, as there is no standard life", let's create something special and memorable for your loved one. Many families have special requests to honor a life lost, and we go above and beyond to fulfill every request the best we can.
Domestic or International Transfers
The funeral home can arrange for the deceased to be shipped to another city, state or country for funeral services abroad. A traditional funeral may be held prior to shipment.
Receiving of Remains from another Funeral Home
Another funeral home may arrange for the deceased to be shipped to our funeral home. A traditional funeral service may take place in one or both locations prior to burial or cremation.