Planning a Funeral
A Traditional Service is where your loved one is present for the visitation and funeral service. Visitation is typically the day before the funeral service and provides an opportunity to pay tribute or respects to someone loved. It is a time for relatives and friends to gather, share memories, tell stories and give support to one another. A procession to the cemetery usually follows the funeral service. In instances where families have chosen cremation, the deceased is transferred to the crematorium after the service with the interment of ashes taking place at a later date.
A Memorial Service is similar to a Traditional Service except the deceased is not present. If cremation has taken place, the remains may or may not be present. Families may choose to bring in pictures and mementos that represent his or her life for display during the visitation and funeral service. Over the years we have had families bring in such items as golf clubs, model trains, paintings, instruments, and many other items that depict the life and passions of their loved one.
Burial or cremation, what should I do?
This is a personal choice of the deceased and/or the family. Whether you decide on burial or cremation, we are able to ensure proper closure and provide the same level of care and compassion. Because funerals are such an individual reflection of the deceased, there is no wrong or right way of celebrating their life.
Should we have a visitation period or not?
The choice of whether to have a visitation period is often one of the hardest choices for a family to make. Visitation gives an opportunity for family and friends to gather for the sharing of stories and memories and providing support for one another. This period is not only beneficial for family, but also allows friends and co-workers to reflect on the impression made by your loved one on their own lives.
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