Memorial Services and Life Celebrations
A Memorial Service or Life Celebration is another way families are choosing to remember and celebrate the unique life of their loved one. By gathering for a religious or non-ecumenical service, family and friends find this a fulfilling method of sharing memories of their loved ones. Typically, the casket is not present, and the service is held before or after the deceased is buried or cremated. These services can be conducted at our funeral home, your place of worship, a park, your home, or beside a river or lake. The options are endless.
Gathering, Visitation and Viewing
A gathering of family and friends, often referred to a visitation or viewing, with the casket present, either open or closed, can be held the day prior or the day of the funeral ceremony and final disposition. It can be held at the funeral home, church or other acceptable venue allowing friends and family an opportunity to come together and share stories and memories about the person who has died. It's also a time for closure, when those left behind can say goodbye. Recent studies have shown in order for the grief process to progress, many people need the physical realization that the death has occurred, giving real meaning to the old saying "seeing is believing."
A Funeral Service or Ceremony
A funeral service or ceremony can be held at our funeral home, your place of worship, or any other appropriate location of your choice with the casket present. In addition to religious ceremonial rituals, you may consider including special music, poetry, and readings which can bring distinctive meaning to the occasion.
A Graveside Service
It is common for a graveside service to follow at the conclusion of other services at the funeral home or church. You may choose only to have a service graveside, forgoing any other type of service selections. Family and friends would simply gather at the cemetery for the committal service of the casket or urn.