Funeral and Memorial Services
Funeral arrangements often require many difficult decisions, and we are committed to serving and guiding you through the process both before the funeral, through pre-arrangement and consultation; when services occur; and after services, through aftercare and grief support. We know that the loss of a loved one is a lifelong change, and understand the importance of making ourselves available to answer your questions and help fulfill your needs.
Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. Whether you choose burial or cremation; whether you select a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present. We can help you create a unique meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.
We offer families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one. But, you may certainly choose to celebrate their life in a more unique setting. No matter where you decide to gather together, such a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.
A memorial service is a special service that takes place without the body of the deceased present. Memorials are often held in a church, fraternal hall, or other location. A memorial service can take place just days after the death of a loved one, or even weeks or months, allowing the family to make time for distant relatives to travel or reserve space at a special venue of their choice. A memorial service can even become an annual event if the family chooses.
As cremation has increased in popularity, so has the idea of a memorial service. Often, a memorial service will take place after cremation has occurred. Sometimes the cremated remains will be present in an urn. However, memorial services are not exclusive to cremation - many families will hold a memorial service after burial has taken place. A memorial service can be held in conjunction with other services like a visitation and funeral, or it can be the only service held to honor the life of the deceased.
Viewings or Visitations
A public viewing or visitation provides an opportunity for the family of the deceased and his or her friends, relatives, and colleagues to come together. A traditional visitation is held at the funeral home. Friends and colleagues can pay their final respects to the deceased and offer condolences to the family. A viewing or visitation can also be private and limited to the deceased's immediate family.
If your family's personal preference is earth burial, there are many options for designing a personalized ceremony to remember your loved one. Usually ceremonies revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home. Regardless of the services you choose, you have many options for personalizing the service and ensuring that it truly reflects the unique life of your loved one.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.