The definition and meaning of what a “traditional” funeral consists of has changed over the years, but what it means for the surviving family members has remained the same. It customarily consists of visiting hours at the funeral home with your loved one's remains present in a casket where friends and family are welcomed to attend and pay their respects. Then a funeral service is held, which may take place at a church or at the funeral home. That ceremony is then immediately followed by a graveside service at a cemetery where your loved one is committed to the final burial resting place.
A family may choose to have a cremation rather than a traditional funeral service. When a direct or immediate cremation is chosen, the remains are cremated without being present for visiting hours at the funeral home or a church service. Often, a memorial service at a church or at the funeral home will take place at a later time as a way to reflect and remember your loved one.
Traditional Services With Cremation
While a family may choose to have their loved one cremated, they may also wish to also include some aspects of a traditional funeral service. We can certainly work with the family to accommodate your wishes. Visiting hours may take place at the funeral home with casketed remains present followed by the cremation. Or, you may elect to have the casketed remains taken to a church for a traditional funeral service before the cremation takes place.
A direct burial involves casketing and burial of remains with no public visiting hours or funeral service. A committal service is customarily held at the graveside, which may be followed by a memorial service at a church or at the funeral home at a future time as a way to reflect and remember your loved one.