Service begins with our commitment to helping each family cope with their loss in the most personal, meaningful way, in the most comforting surroundings. Since we are fully acquainted with the funeral customs of all religious and ethnic groups, we offer a wide range of choices, including traditional interment, cremation, and highly personalized memorial services. Our services and memorial products are available to you in a wide range of prices, so that every family can afford the most appropriate alternatives.
It is common to deny our mortality and resist planning our funeral. There are many options today in planning a funeral before we are faced with the loss.
Pre-planning is the most considerate way you can ease the emotion and financial concern for your family members. Accept the responsibility and make arrangements for the inevitable. Our staff of funeral directors and Forethought specialize in pre-planning and will discuss service options with you in the privacy of your home or our funeral home. There is no charge for this service. Pre-Planning allows for meaningful choices to be explored instead of funeral decisions made out of necessity. Pre-Planning funds paid in advance are noncountable assets when applying for Medicaid coverage for nursing home care. Pre-Payment options are offered.
The funeral service fills many needs. It serves as a special tribute to the life of one who has died. It helps family and friends come to terms with the reality of the death of a loved one, and it brings people together for support and comfort. The Funeral service is a way of saying good bye and letting the healing process begin.
A typical funeral service has three parts:
The viewing, which usually takes place at the funeral home either the evening before or right before the funeral service.
The funeral service itself.
The committal service and interment, which takes place at the cemetery.
The viewing, also known as the wake, is a period of visitation in which friends and relatives gather with the family to extend their sympathy and comfort. Typically, the viewing is held the evening before the funeral service, although recently many families prefer to hold the viewing right before the funeral service.
The funeral service itself is usually held in a chapel room at the funeral home or in a church chosen by the family. The service typically consists of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, possibly a sermon, and hymns, poems, and any other music or script that holds meaning for the family.
Following the funeral service, family and friends usually proceed to the cemetery for the committal service. At the committal service, final good byes are said and flowers are placed on the casket.
Some families choose the committal service as the only service, with no funeral service prior to the committal. This type of service, called a graveside service, is often more lengthy and closer in style to the funeral service.
Following the committal service a reception is usually held either at a church hall or at the home of family.
We realize that planning a funeral is often a sad and difficult time for a family. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you. We will help you through each step of the funeral. We will make sure the result has personal meaning and is in keeping with the memory of your loved one. If you prefer a traditional funeral, we can help you plan the funeral accordingly. If you prefer a more personalized service, we can make you aware of all the different ways in which the service can be varied. We can help you in choosing music, memorials, and other details that celebrate the life of the deceased.
Our Funeral Homes are purposefully warm and homelike to provide a comfortable and elegant setting for funeral, visitation and memorial services. Our goal is for the funeral service to meet with you and your family’s complete satisfaction.
Our hired administrators and support staff are kind, caring, compassionate individuals focused on helping your family through a most difficult time. Our success depends upon their commitment to your family.