Funeral and Memorial Services
There is an abundance of decisions to be made when a loved one dies. Most importantly, we must plan for the timely disposition of the body, after appropriately commemorating the life lived. All too often, families discount the value of ceremony after the death of a loved one, and we certainly don’t want you to make that mistake. Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process.
Create Healing Experiences
In the depth of early grief, you might think that it would be ‘easier’ to just take care of things as simply – and as quickly –as possible. But easier – especially in this circumstance – simply isn’t better. You must set the stage for the future by giving your family and friends the opportunity to start the healing process.
Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. Whether you choose burial or cremation; whether you select a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present.
We can help you create a unique meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one. You may feel a traditional funeral service, with the body present, is the best for your family. Traditional funeral services are usually planned within a few days of death, and unfortunately sometimes in great haste.
Or, you may choose to have a memorial service, where the body is not present. This is often the best option for those families who are scattered, and need time to come together, because they can be delayed as long as you want. In not feeling pressured to have a service right away, there is time for thoughtful planning.
We offer families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one. But, you may certainly choose to celebrate their life in a more unique setting. No matter where you decide to gather together, such a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.
The visitation allows the family an opportunity to view the deceased. It gives everyone the opportunity to see the reality of death and admit to its presence. This is the first step to accepting death and beginning the healing process.
The visitation is also a time when the community is invited to share experiences about the deceased. This part of the ritual is so crucial to both the family and the community because it facilitates discussions about many of the things that are often swept under the rug. In this way, we do not experience this crisis alone. Instead, we celebrate the life of our loved one with the community. The visitation rite also provides a socially acceptable time to grieve and express very strong emotions; it is truly a healing time for the living.
The Funeral or Memorial Service
Such a service is a time of affirmation of a life lived. It is a time for memorialization, and provides a time for religious and spiritual recognition. The service is a time-honored ritual both for the deceased, and for the living. In giving guests time to offer thoughts and prayers, a funeral or memorial service honors the deceased, while strengthening and perhaps testing the personal spirituality of those in attendance.
The final ceremony is the committal service, which is the actual burial or cremation of the deceased. While it is considered by many to be simply the practical disposition of the body, a committal service is so much more.
It is a symbolic demonstration that a relationship has ended. When you turn away from the place of final interment, it is a realistic but traumatic moment. After all, it is necessary to recognize that we must say goodbye and turn to the future.
The committal rite should not be avoided, nor should it be faced alone. It is important that you and members of the community are able to share freely the expressions of sympathy and sorrow at the committal service.
Cremation has grown in popularity over the last decade, and is an option more and more people choose as part of their funeral plans.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains.
You need to know that choosing cremation doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. In fact, we heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated.
You can have a traditional funeral service with cremation, or immediate cremation with a subsequent memorial service. In fact, we provide families who select cremation with the same variety of choices that accompany a traditional interment: memorial services, gatherings, visitations...all may still be arranged.
When the cremation process is complete, you may choose to keep the cremated remains in a beautiful urn, or keepsake lockets for members of the family. Or you might request disposal at sea, or scattering in a place that has special meaning.
The options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you. You can scatter the ashes, hold them in an urn, or seal the ashes in an urn vault at the cemetery. Our funeral directors will be able to answer your questions about the cremation process, the beautiful commemorative choices that accompany the cremation process. as well as the ceremonial options available to you. Call us at 1-800-275-4648 to speak with one of our funeral and cremation professionals.
You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind. Contact us today to speak with one of our directors.