We encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge a life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that 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.
A funeral service is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a gathering to honor your loved one. We are happy to provide a more traditional ceremony. This is a moment for you and your family, and we are honored to help you in any way that we can.
Traditionally, the funeral will be a complete funeral service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property.
Just like a funeral service, a memorial service is a time to remember your loved one. This can be held shortly after death or weeks later, with or without your loved one physically present. What’s important is that it creates a time and a place for family and friends to gather together and support one another, share memories and pay their respects. We can hold a memorial service at our funeral home, the final resting place, your home or other venue.
What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral?
When it comes to funeral terminology the most commonly misunderstood terms are Funeral Service and Memorial Service. A Funeral Service is a service held to memorialize a deceased person with their body present. A Memorial Service is a service held to memorialize a deceased person with their body not present.
If a person has been cremated and a service is held with the cremated human remains present it is considered a Memorial Service. If a burial occurs prior to the service for a loved one, the service is considered a Memorial Service. The simplest way to remember is if the body is at the service it is a Funeral Service, if it is not the service is considered a Memorial Service.
A casket burial is a service with many options you can choose from. We can provide you with a wide range of options to help you make a selection specific to your needs; a visitation, viewing or wake with a closed or open casket; a funeral service at our funeral home, church or private home and a graveside service at a cemetery. You can choose whether you’d like a public or private service or a combination. It is entirely up to you how you wish to pay your respects.
Whether you choose a traditional or a contemporary ceremony, a funeral provides a profound experience that ultimately aids in the grieving process. By gathering your family and friends you give testimony to the life of your loved one, you celebrate the relationships shared, and you provide a time and place for all who were part of their life to come together in a reflective setting.
Our services for an immediate burial, without any attendant rites or ceremonies, includes but are not limited to removal and shelter of remains, local transportation to cemetery, necessary services of staff, and authorizations. This charge does not include embalming, other preparation of remains, use of facilities, automotive equipment except as specifically set forth above, merchandise, or cash advance items.
An immediate or direct burial costs a fraction of a full service funeral because it negates the use of potentially costly services such as embalming, cosmetic preparation of the body, viewings and ceremonies facilitated at or by the funeral home.