Today there are more options than ever on how to celebrate a life lived. Choosing burial as your final disposition allows you to have a final resting place with options to have a personal celebration. We believe that no two people are alike and no two services should be alike either.
Through traditional or contemporary services, many are turning to unique, personalized ways of honoring a life lived and aiding the grieving process. A personalized celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing balloons, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, burials with celebrations have one focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived.
The Traditional Funeral Service is when your loved one is present. Many times, a visitation will be held the night before the funeral, in one of our chapels, a church or synagogue and generally with the casket open. The funeral service unusually follows the next day. A funeral service may consist of scripture reading, prayers, eulogy, sermon and music. There are also funeral services of a non-religious nature. The service can consist of music, readings, and poems with friends and family sharing memories of the deceased. After the funeral service there is a procession to the cemetery to have a committal service.
A Committal Service is a brief service at the grave site prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final goodbyes by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket. After the committal service, a reception can follow at the mortuary, church or the family’s home.
The Graveside Service is held at the cemetery, without any visitation or other services prior to the graveside. The service typically includes scripture readings and a eulogy. After the service there is often a reception.
The Value of a Viewing
Whether or not an open casket is part of the celebration is an individual family choice. The main reason that we have any “viewing” is because that allows people to have a physical presence to focus on when saying their goodbyes. Since most people are very visually inclined by nature, it seems to help them to see the person for the death to be “real” to them and allows them to better focus to begin to tidy up the loose ends that they have with this person. A funeral helps people begin to complete their relationship with the person who died, and sometimes seeing the body helps.