Traditional Funeral Service with Visitation and Burial
This is the most commonly selected package that we offer and includes services of funeral director, administrative staff, professional staff for coordinating, personalizing, and directing the funeral service, preparation and filing of legal documents, and other paperwork necessary to complete the arrangements; removal from the place of death to the funeral home (within 50 miles); embalming and sanitary care of the remains; dressing, casketing, cosmetizing, facilities for visitation; use of facilities for a service; set up at a church or other location; automotive equipment including funeral coach and service van; graveside service.
Sometimes called the wake, calling hours, or viewing, the visitation is a time for family and friends to support one another in their time of sorrow. The body is present in an open or closed casket allowing you and others to acknowledge the reality of death and to say goodbye.
The Traditional Funeral Service
The traditional funeral service is held with the body present, with either an open or closed casket, within two or three days of death. The family decides whether the service is to be public or private. At a typical traditional funeral, a member of the clergy officiates the service in one's church or in our funeral home chapel. Every service we provide is customized to meet each family's needs or wishes. Cultural customs and religious denomination determines specific elements of ritual used. The ceremony itself consists of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, and sometimes a sermon, and is combined with hymns and music. A procession to the cemetery follows, where a brief committal service at the gravesite concludes the ceremony.
At a graveside funeral, family and friends gather at the cemetery for the ceremony. A funeral director will also be present and is able to provide transportation to the family to and from the cemetery, if desired. It is traditional that a member of the clergy officiates the service. A family member or friend has also been known to preside. The graveside service can also consist of music, a eulogy, poems or readings.