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Funeral or Burial Services

 

The Healing Power of Funeral Services


Coping with a loss is never easy, and services are an essential part of the recovery process. A funeral service provides those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing and peace.

 

You Can't Go Back & Do it Again


We’ve seen it many times when a loved one dies. People's first reactions tend to make them want to get through the funeral process as quickly as possible. They believe it will help them avoid any additional pain or discomfort and that not having any services will protect themselves and members of their family from more pain. This belief couldn't be further from the truth. A funeral or memorial service begins the process of grieving, and when you chose to bypass it, can leave you stuck in the early stages of grief without a way to move forward.

Funeral or memorial services provide a wonderful opportunity to relate memories that you and others shared of your loved one. Families are often pleasantly surprised to hear stories from others that they had never heard before. Learning how your loved one touched the lives of others and being surrounded by family and friends, can bring great comfort.

We are dedicated to helping you honor your loved one in a manner that allows you to look back, even many years from now, and remember how everyone gathered together to share in celebrating your loved one's life. These memories truly become a gift of healing and peace of mind.

 

 

Burial Services

 

There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:


/JohnsonFamily/Graveside.jpgWhen a family chooses burial, the funeral service is traditionally designed to involve three distinct phases: visitation, the funeral, and the burial service. These generally follow the casket from the funeral home through the final burial at a cemetery. While this arrangement works for some families, it’s not the only option available and it might not be the ideal solution for others. We’ll work with you understand your needs and create the perfect plan for you and your loved one.

 

 

  • Immediate Burial means that your loved one’s physical remains will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering
    Visitation
  • Visitation (also called a “viewing,” “wake” or “calling hours”) allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one (in an open or closed casket) and gives everyone the opportunity to say goodbye and offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.

  • Funeral or Memorial Services (Traditional) can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. For more information on personalization, visit our page on Celebrating Life.

  • Graveside or Committal Services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.

 

 

Cremation Services

 

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can’t be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case—when you choose to care for the physical remains through cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one’s life: you can provide a chance for friends and family to say goodbye through a final viewing before the cremation, and you can also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one’s final disposition:

  • Interment means that you’ll bury or entomb your loved one’s cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden.

  • Graveside Services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.

  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one’s cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.

  • Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one’s final resting place in a nearby location.