A Traditional Approach for the Disposition of You or Your Loved One
What is a Traditional Funeral Service
A traditional funeral service usually includes a viewing or visitation, a ceremony, and burial at the gravesite. Traditional funerals, also known as a full-service funeral, tend to be the main package offered by most funeral homes. Traditional funerals start off with a viewing or visitation, where attendees can view the deceased and pay their respects to the family. During the visitation time, many people feel they are afforded the opportunity to say their final goodbyes to their loved one and/or see them one last time. Most often, the family will request that the casket remain open during the viewing/visitation. However, there are occasions when the family may request the casket be closed.
The actual funeral service follows the viewing/visitation. This may be the same day following directly after the visitation/viewing. Sometimes, especially if the viewing/visitation is in the evening, the funeral service may be the next day. This service is usually held at a funeral home, church, or other event space based on the preferences of the family making the arrangements. Traditional funerals usually include elements such as prayers, eulogies, readings, and music. We will work with you to design the service that best suits your needs.
After the funeral service, the deceased is transported by procession to the cemetery/burial location. Usually the funeral director or minister will say a few words, read scripture, and say a prayer for the family and friends. Finally, the casket is interred in the grave and the attendees are dismissed to the funeral reception (if held). In some cases, especially where weather may be a concern, the burial (or grave side service) may need to be at a later time.
A funeral reception or repast for family and friends of the deceased is usually offered by the immediate family at a home of the family or other event space, depending on attendance. This time of fellowship affords an opportunity to come together to remember and celebrate the life of their loved one.
End of life choice is a personal decision and we offer families multiple options to help them design the service that best fits their needs. Call us today at 660-570-6695 to find out more, or to talk with one of our specialist to help you with this end of life decision.