Funeral services serve an important purpose. It allows us to recognize a life that was lived and acknowledge that the life has come to an end. Funerals exist for the living; for survivors who suffer the loss of a loved one.
We understand that every family is different. Influences such as religious and cultural traditions, cost concerns, and personal preferences make each funeral as unique as the person who is being honored. The following is an overview of the different types of services that funeral providers offer. Your funeral director will discuss many other options and details that make each of the services a personal lasting tribute to your loved one.
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A traditional funeral service includes a viewing or visitation, a formal funeral service (at the funeral home, local church of location of your choice) and the necessary automotive equipment, such as a hearse to transport the body to the funeral site and cemetery. It is customary to purchase items such as a memorial register book, memorial folders and acknowledgement cards. Floral tributes are often displayed and you are encouraged to bring in photographs and other memorabilia to further personalize the service.
A graveside service is held at the burial site. This service may be limited to the immediate family or open to all. After the service, there are options for a memorial service at the funeral home chapel, church or venue of choice.
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A memorial service is conducted without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures. It can be held at the funeral home or at a location of your choice. In order to create a memorial service that is as unique as your loved one, we encourage you to help personalize the service with memorabilia, photographs and other personal items.
There are a variety of cremation options to fit your needs, ranging from basic direct cremation (without visitation or services) to customized cremation services with visitation and a funeral or memorial service.
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