Ways We Serve You.....|
Family tradition...Caring, affordable service...Attention to detail. This is what we believe in, and what we have to offer our families. Below are some of the services that we offer to our families. These services, among others, are what have helped us set the standard for quality funeral service.
Personalized, Caring Service
Every detail is considered in planning a fitting tribute. Because each family has its own traditions, we are dedicated to planning funeral services which reflect individual preferences. We want our families to select music that is meaningful to them, a religious service depending on their faith, as well as caskets, urns, and vaults that meet and fulfill their desires. We have felt boards on which to place family photos and tables to display personal, meaningful items from home during the service. We also check back with our families after the service has taken place to see if we can be of any further assistance.
Affordable Cost Options
As family-owned funeral homes, we understand many families are on a budget. Our wide choice of services allow families to select those services that are affordable and meaningful to them. Our funeral directors will be happy to talk to you about the different options available to you and your family; please call or email us if you have questions.
The following are only the general types of burial services; your choices are not required to fit exactly into any particular group. There are literally options upon options available to create a meaningful and appropriate ceremony. We will carefully listen to your preferences, offer suggestions, and then carry out your wishes.
The term "traditional service" usually refers to a ceremony held either in the funeral home, or in the church of the family's choice. Religious beliefs, ethnic heritage and personal preference will all play a role in determining the location of the service. The casket may be open or closed during the ceremony, depending on religious custom and family preference. After the service, family and friends of the deceased usually drive to the cemetery for a committal or graveside service. This part of the ceremony is brief, normally involving a few final words and a prayer. Following the committal service, family and friends often gather for a meal and a time of sharing memories.
An alternative to the traditional funeral home or church ceremony is the graveside service. As the name implies, the entire ceremony takes place at the grave. Since the service is held outdoors, and most people will be standing, graveside services tend to be more simplistic and brief then a funeral home or church ceremony. Cemeteries, or the company installing the burial vault, will often provide a canopy for protection against the elements; chairs are usually provided for the family. Again, family and friends may gather for a meal and a time of sharing memories following the committal.
Many families choose to have a time of viewing or visitation, sometimes called "calling hours," at the funeral home. The purpose of the visitation is to allow family and friends the opportunity to view the person who has died, and to visit with the family and offer their condolences. A visitation does not have to include an open-casket viewing. Even if the casket is closed, families may still want the opportunity to visit with family and friends. Visitations may be completely private (by invitation only), public (for anyone that wants to attend), or there may be a private time for the family first, followed by a public visitation.
There is no requirement that some type of service be held prior to burial. If preferred, an arrangement can be made that does not include any visitation or ceremony. Once the proper legal documents have been filed, the deceased is taken in a casket privately to the cemetery and promptly buried.
A personalized memorial service can be held in our Funeral Home Chapel or a location of your choice.
These are just a few ways we help to personalize the service to meet the needs of you and your family. Please don't hesitate to call, or email us if you have any questions about personalizing a funeral service.