Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions and to find comfort in one another. We have many different types of funeral options such as:
Traditional Funeral Services
Traditional is still the most common type of funeral ceremony held, the casket or urn is usually present. Friends and family may sing or play songs in memory of the deceased. Someone may deliver a eulogy. They are also often religious in nature, so a pastor will most likely give a sermon and a hearse will transport remains to cemetery for burial.
Humanist Funeral services
Humanist funeral is a non-religious ceremony that focuses on the life the person has led, rather than a particular faith they may have had.
Graveside committal services
Funeral services that occur at the cemetery where family and friends pay their final respects before the casket is lowered into the ground for burial. Love ones are committing the deceased back to the earth. This intimate service is called a committal service. A graveside service often follows a traditional funeral but sometimes may be the only service a family chooses.
Sometimes a family desires to bury their loved one but does not plan a funeral or other formal ceremony. In this case, they may choose a direct burial option. With this option there is no visitation, funeral, or graveside service. The funeral home simply buries the casket. Direct burials are a more affordable option for a family that will not be having a formal funeral, but still wish to have their loved one interred in a cemetery.
Similar to direct burial, direct cremation is a stand-alone event. It is simply a cremation; there is no formal visitation or funeral. Following the cremation, we would return the remains to the family who may or may not choose to have a memorial service later.
Similar to direct cremation but with a twist. During the cremation process you must identify the deceased. With this option your loved one would be posed and presented without embalming. Immediately before direct cremation, in a private setting, the immediate family only would be able to identify and say a final goodbye before cremation. Because there is no embalming. This is not a traditional viewing for the public, but for immediate family (next of Kin).
This is a common type of funeral service which is similar to a traditional funeral, with the exception that the body or cremated remains are not present. The beauty of a memorial service is that they do not have to occur within a certain time frame following a death. They can occur the day after interment or inurnment or years later.
Celebration of life
Celebrations of life are exactly that: a celebration! Personalization is important in the celebration of life, and it is usually more joyful than somber. Depending on the region and culture of the family, a celebration of life may include food dancing and happy memories shared of the deceased. This can also take place of a traditional funeral service.