Traditional Visitation and Ceremony
Includes a viewing and visitation at the funeral home (generally 1-2 hours) the afternoon/evening before the funeral ceremony. Because the remains are present for the visitation and usually viewed by the public for a number of hours, embalming is done. The day after the visitation, a funeral service is held at the funeral home, church, or a funeral mass is held at a Catholic church. The funeral service is a formal ceremony with a message, music, scripture and remembrances of the deceased.
Same-Day (or One-Day) Visitation and Ceremony
Is a condensed version of the traditional service. The visitation is usually held for a period of time (1 hour) just prior to the funeral ceremony. While usually at the funeral home, this can also be done at the church. Embalming is done if the date of death is more than 24 hours before the scheduled service.
A gathering at the graveside while the officiant performs the committal service. There is no prior visitation at any facility beforehand.
A minimum burial offering that involves immediate burial (same day as death) of the remains with no visitation, viewing or services of any kind.
You have many choices for services before or after the cremation takes place. The suggestions below are only some of your choices. Our funeral and cremation professionals will explain your options to you, so you can select what's best for your family and your situation.
Traditional cremation service
Just like a traditional burial service; with the remains present for visitation and for the ceremony, except the cremation will follow instead of burial. A cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or a rental casket can be used for the viewing.
Cremation with memorial gathering
A gathering or visitation without the remains present. The urn is often present; however it does not have to be. Many families personalize the visitation room with photographs and mementos to reflect the life of the deceased. We can produce a memorial DVD video for you which would play during the gathering.
Cremation with memorial ceremony
A service conducted by an officiant (often religious, but it does not have to be), with music, scripture, poems, message, readings, or remembrances of the deceased. The urn may be present if you wish.
Direct cremation or Simple cremation
The most basic disposition service. We transport your loved one to our crematory and prepare necessary papers and secure permits. You may elect to plan your own memorial service at a church, park, home, or other gathering place.
Graveside or columbarium committal
Similar to our Graveside Service with only family members in attendance when the urn is buried or placed in a columbarium niche.
Family members often gather together, informally, for a scattering of the cremated remains. There are urns that are specially designed for scattering. No religious services are involved in this choice.