The funeral service is a focal point for remembering the deceased and the service you choose is a very personal choice. We accommodate a wide variety of both traditional and modern funerals, memorials, committal services, and special gatherings.
Your Choice is the Right Choice
We feel it’s our responsibility to make you aware of the many alternatives available today, and to help you make appropriate choices that reflect the life of your loved one—choices that are within your budget.
Traditional Funeral Service
Today, traditional funeral services are only one option you can choose. A traditional funeral service is conducted with the body your loved one present. Viewing or visitation is available if the family chooses. Traditional funerals follow a familiar pattern and many people, particularly older people, find comfort in knowing what to expect. A typical traditional service may be religious in nature, but it doesn’t have to be. If you choose cremation, you can still have a traditional funeral service before the cremation with the ashes present.
A traditional funeral service usually includes:
- A viewing or visitation period for family and friends to pay their last respects. The casket may be open or closed according to your preferences.
- A formal funeral service in a church, chapel or synagogue. The service may be contemporary or religious, and it may include readings, a eulogy, music, a funeral procession, and military honors.
- A hearse to transport the deceased to a final resting place.
- Earth burial, entombment or cremation.
A memorial service is held to honor the memory of the deceased. Your loved one is not present. Memorials can be held before, or after your loved one is buried, cremated or otherwise laid to rest. If cremation is chosen, ashes may be present. You can hold a memorial service at our chapel, a place of worship, or any other meaningful location.
Like a traditional funeral service, a memorial service may be religious or secular, and it can include religious and cultural preferences, rituals and a celebration of life. You may also have a reception after the service to allow people to gather and remember the person who has died.
A committal service is usually a graveside service held before the casket or urn is lowered into the ground, but it can also be held before cremated remains are scattered. A committal service can replace a more elaborate traditional funeral service, or it can follow traditional or memorial services. You can also choose private committal services just for family and invited friends, followed by a public memorial service held at a chapel, place of worship or other meaningful location.
Committal services can be personalized in the same way as a traditional funeral or memorial service with photographs, a memory table, personal mementos, and favorite music. Whatever will help you celebrate the unique life of the person who has died, and help your guests begin the healing process.
Special Funeral Gathering
After the funeral service, many people have a special gathering of friends and family. Like the funeral service, a gathering can be structured or casual, large or intimate—whatever is fitting for you. The gathering is a time for stories, tears and laughter. It’s a time to transition from the finality of the funeral back to the continuity of life.
Usually refreshments are served and holding a gathering at a favorite restaurant is one option. If you choose to hold the gathering at home or another location, we encourage you to plan a potluck. Not only will this relieve you of the burden of paying for catering or providing refreshments yourself, but it can add a warm and caring mood.
A special gathering can be held almost anywhere:
- At the church or funeral home if they have facilities
- At your home or the home of a family member
- At a restaurant or catering hall
- At a meaningful location such as a beach, a lark, or a park
- Any fitting location