The days of a funeral home only offering a traditional service have long passed. Many families want to personalize their loved one’s service and this starts with the different types of services that we offer. Since no two people are alike, we believe that no two funerals should be alike (see personalization for more details). While the traditional funeral, a night visitation followed by a funeral and graveside the following day, meets the needs of many of our families, others want a service that uses a different combination of the traditional service. The tribute may include a ceremony, religious or secular, or it may be expressed in a less formal but customized gathering of family, close friends and associates. Our job is to let every family know the types of services available, so they may then choose one that they feel will be appropriate and meaningful. At Freeman Mortuary you may be rest assured that all your wishes will be carried out just as you requested, and that great attention will be paid to every detail.
When dealing with earth burial there are three main facets of a funeral that can be combined in a variety of ways to make a meaningful service. Some families like the more traditional funeral, a night visitation followed by a funeral and graveside the next day, and others want to combine the visitation, funeral, and graveside all in the same day to make it easier on family and friends to attend the services. Other families decide on a visitation followed by a graveside service, so as you can see, families are choosing the facets of a service that are important to them.
- Allows family and friends an opportunity to pay their respects and express their love and support
- It is more informal because friends can interact with the family and express their condolences
- Public or Private visitation typically held in the funeral home
- Religious or a Contemporary Celebration of Life
- Public or Private - often held in the funeral home or church
- Allows family and friends to share memories and express feelings
- Casket is often present
- Many times arrive at the cemetery in a funeral procession
- A short religious service to commit the body to its final resting place
- Often times just close family and friends present during this service
- Military honors rendered at this time for veterans
We realize that people have different psychological, spiritual, and social needs that must be addressed when a death occurs. Families choose cremation for a variety of different reasons, and contrary to what some people believe cremation does not limit your options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.
The greatest misunderstanding about cremation is the belief that with cremation, there is no need for services. This is not the case for many of the families we serve and there are a wide variety of services available with cremation. From having a traditional funeral service, with your loved ones casketed remains present to having a memorial service after the cremation has taken place.
When selecting a funeral home you may wish to base your selection on the willingness and ability of the staff to explain all your options. This is particularly true when cremation has been selected, as some firms specialize in very limited areas of the cremation process, such as only transporting the remains and doing the cremation, and will find it difficult to support you in all of your needs.
There are four main services when cremation is chosen:
- Cremation following a funeral service, which includes having the body present and viewing.
- Cremation following a viewing only with no funeral service
- Cremation preceding a memorial service or visitation.
- Cremation with no services (called a Direct Cremation)
What is the difference between a memorial service and funeral service?
- The main difference is there are no casketed remains present at a memorial service
- A memorial service may be held at a much later date such as three days, three weeks, or three months after the death.
Following the cremation process the remains may be:
- Buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium niche
- Kept in a family member’s possession
- Scatter at a special place
- Divide the cremated remains in order to do a combination of scattering, burying, or keeping the remains.