Often referred to as a “traditional funeral” burial and entombment are the popular options of our time. Families who chose to bury or entomb their loved ones usually decide on one or two days of visitation, with the option of an open or closed casket*. Usually a religious or fraternal type service or mass is held to celebrate the deceased’s faith or their life’s work. Once services are completed the casket is brought to a cemetery or memorial park for burial, or placed into a lawn crypt, or mausoleum.
Traditional Funeral Service
Our traditional funeral service offers your family and friends standard visitation hours of 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 pm, though we are able to accommodate other times as you may need. Families are offered open or closed casket* visitations, with the option of an afternoon or evening prayer or fraternal service. Following one or two days of visitation a funeral service, or a mass is held in the funeral home or church followed by a committal service and burial or entombment in a cemetery, or mausoleum crypt.
Funeral Service at your Place of Worship
Some local congregations afford parishioners or congregants the privilege of visitation or calling hours in their place of worship. Similar to our traditional funeral service options, we can also help facilitate calling hours with a celebration of life in your church. Hours of 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 are suggested. Families are offered open or closed casket* visitations, with the option of an afternoon or evening prayer or fraternal service. Following one or two days of visitation a funeral service, or a mass is held in the funeral home or church followed by a committal service and burial or entombment in a cemetery, or mausoleum crypt.
Many families choose to simplify services to accommodate family members who need to travel from out of the area, or even to honor the wishes of the deceased who asked for simple, but personal and intimate service. We can provide your family with morning visitation, with open or closed casket* and a service at the funeral home or mass at your church, followed by a committal service and burial or entombment in a cemetery, or mausoleum crypt.
A graveside service can follow a traditional funeral, can precede a memorial service, or can be a standalone event. Often, families who chose traditional funerals elect to have a clergy member or funeral director deliver prayers before a burial or entombment. But it is also common that burial may occur with only immediate family, and a memorial service to occur at a later date. Occasionally, families decide only to hold graveside services with prayers and a committal. In general, graveside services are fairly brief. We often lay flowers or shovel earth as a final gesture of thanks and goodwill to our departed.
Immediate burials forego any traditional funeral visitation, and ceremony. With immediate burial, the deceased is only taken to the funeral home for a brief period long enough to secure death certificates and permits for the burial or entombment. The deceased is placed in the minimum casket required by the cemetery and is interred with no visitation, or service. Typically, this option also eliminates the need for embalming*.
* Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with a viewing or open casket. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement such as a direct cremation or immediate burial that does not require you to pay for it.