There are instances when families and friends believe it serves the best interests of probable attendees to postpone any celebrations of the deceased’s life. In these cases, families can opt for Immediate Cremation, and conduct life celebrations, memorial services and other gatherings of remembrance at better suited times in the future.
Memorial Service Cremation
This very special service is conducted without the presence of the deceased’s body. An urn, containing the deceased’s remains may be present, if the family so wishes. Photographs, albums and other memorabilia are also frequently used to help celebrate the life of the lost loved one, and to aid in the healing processes of family and friends. After it is determined the service is complete, the family can dictate the final disposition of the deceased’s ashes. They can be safely taken to a cemetery for scattering or for burial, or simply returned to the family in the selected urn.
Traditional Funeral Services
A Traditional Funeral is an event with certain standard practices, but one also includes any special wishes of the family. It starts with a family-only or public viewing of the deceased’s body in the selected *casket. All of the following are included: dressing the deceased, applying cosmetics to achieve the most natural look and embalming. Following the viewing period, funeral services will be held at a venue, church or the funeral home. Finally, the *casketed remains will be removed to the selected cemetery for burial.
Traditional Funeral Services Concluding with Cremation
This personalized service is much like the Traditional Funeral however, cremation will follow the visitation. The deceased’s cremated remains will ultimately be given to the family in the urn of their choosing. Please note that families have options regarding the special caskets used for cremation. Your Funeral Director can help you make the very best choice of caskets for your wishes and situation.
The *casket containing the un-embalmed remains will be safely transported for burial at the selected cemetery. There will be no services or visitation periods.
Visitation Graveside Services
After complete preparation, which will include dressing the deceased, applying cosmetics to achieve the most natural look, embalming and placing the deceased into the selected *casket, there will be a period of visitation for family and friends at the funeral home. At the end of the visitation period, a graveside service will be conducted.
*A Word About Caskets & Vaults
The costs of today’s caskets run from the hundreds of dollars up to many thousands of dollars. The first determining factor of cost if materials: bronze costs more than wood, satin costs more than cotton, and so forth. Also, the more ornate the casket, the more costly. Today, cemeteries are inclined to insist that any casket, regardless of type or cost, be encased in a grave liner. Grave liners protect the casket itself from damage caused by water, soil acids, etc. Grave liners also vary greatly in price, like caskets, and like caskets, their costs depend largely on what they are made of: concrete, polymers or fiberglass, for example. Again, your Funeral Director can help you make the very best choices based on your wishes and situation.