A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
Complete Funeral Service
Traditionally, the funeral will be a complete funeral service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased followed by a funeral service and interment.
A graveside service is one where the family and the clergy meet the funeral director directly at the cemetery for the committal service.
Complete Cremation Service
A complete cremation service is similar to a traditional funeral service except cremation will follow instead of burial. This affords the opportunity for family and friends to pay their respects to the deceased prior to cremation. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains.
Immediate Cremation Service
The immediate cremation service is a direct disposition of the body. It is usually followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
We encourage families to create personalized services. It is important to acknowledge the life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate the life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, we are always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
- Arranging funeral plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging the music you have selected
- Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
For more information about our professional services, please contact us by e-mail or call at 203-372-6543. We are here to help.