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When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honor your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.
A funeral service is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life well lived. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a funeral service to honor your loved one. We are happy to provide a traditional funeral or something completely unique. Many cultures and religions have special funeral traditions and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. This is a moment for you and your family and we are honored to help you in any way that we can.
Traditional Funeral Service
Some people prefer a traditional funeral service. This would include calling hours, a funeral service, and burial in a cemetery. Generally, the casket would be open to allow visitors the opportunity to view the deceased a final time.
"We firmly believe there is a great benefit to viewing a loved one upon their death. Viewing your loved one “establishes the reality” that the death has occurred. Also, oftentimes prior to death, individuals have suffered through disease or trauma. By allowing your funeral director and embalmer to exercise their expertise, the final memory picture created of your loved one will be of a positive nature."
A traditional funeral generally is held at the funeral home or at a church. It is usually celebrated by a member of the clergy and often has a religious theme. Usually scriptures are read, a message is delivered, and spiritual songs are played.
We absolutely encourage adding personal touches to these traditional funerals. During calling hours it is very acceptable to display pictures from throughout the deceased’s life.
"It is even now popular to create a photo montage that is set to music and recorded to a VHS tape or a DVD and shown during calling hours. We do offer this option."
We also encourage eulogies and poems to be read, stories to be told, and various forms of music played. We like to display cherished possessions of the deceased and encourage active participation from immediate family members.
Variations of the traditional funeral are becoming popular as well. Evening funeral services, laymen celebrants, and casual, celebratory atmospheres are being selected more and more to truly depict the life that has been lived.
Just like a funeral service, a memorial service is a time to remember your loved one. This can be held shortly after death or weeks later, with or without an urn present. What’s important is that it creates a time and a place for family and friends to gather together and support one another, share memories and pay their respects. We can hold a memorial service at our funeral home, the final resting place or at your home.
A casket burial is a traditional service and there are many options you can choose from. We can provide an immediate burial without a public service; a visitation, viewing or wake with a closed or open casket; a funeral service at our funeral home, church or private home and a graveside service at a cemetery. You can choose whether you’d like a public or private service or a combination. It is entirely up to you how you wish to pay your respects.
Our funeral home can also assist those families who wish to make an anatomical donation to a medical college. There is an application that must be completed and approved prior to death and specific criteria must be met. The funeral home is not allowed to perform embalming so no public visitations or services with the body present are possible.
It is still recommended that a memorial service or calling hours be observed. Cremation occurs after the medical college has fully utilized the anatomical donation. Families will need to make a decision on the final disposition of the cremated remains. We will assist you with every detail.
"We strive to exceed expectations as we dedicate ourselves to offering the most appropriate services for our families."
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