We are a full service Funeral Home that can provide any service that your family wishes. It is important to make the service of your loved one a remembrance and one special to you. The funeral service is for those left behind to aid in their grief process and to give them an opportunity to share with friends and relatives their memories. We can help you with the planning and the personalization of this service.
The Celebration of a Life Lived
In this section, I would like to give you some ideas for making the service, no matter what kind of service you select, a celebration of the life that you are commemorating. The funeral service is the first and most important starting place for some people. The service should be a tribute and a comfort to those attending.
Types of Celebration and Tribute
Memory Board … a collage of family photographs that are placed on a display board and available for viewing at the visitation, the funeral service or both.
Video Tribute … an assortment of pictures put in a video format set to the family’s favorite music to be played at the funeral or memorial service. We have found that around 50 pictures make about a 5 minute video which is ample in length.
Options for personalization … Some families have opted to place other items on the casket instead of flowers such as quilts, saddles, boots, crafts, pictures or hobbies of the deceased. One family had the funeral home pass out sticks of gum to all those attending because that is what the deceased did every Sunday at church services for all the children.
Having a member of the family or a close friend speak is very comforting for the family and friends. Balloons being released at the graveside service lends a personal touch. Anything that reflects the life celebrated is appropriate and helpful to those dealing with their grief and makes the service personal and a tribute. We feel it’s important to celebrate and remember the life of the loved one.
In addition to conducting funeral service choices in our chapel, or church or facility of your choice, we offer the following:
Military Honors & Arrangements Live Stream/Webcasting of Services
Balloon Releases Video Record of Service
Bagpipe Tributes Out of State/Country Arrangements
Please check our Grief Groups page for additional services.
A traditional funeral generally depicts a service where the deceased is embalmed, dressed and placed in the casket the family selects and placed in a visitation room for a period of usually two days where family and friends may come and view the body and pay their respects and sign a memorial book. The funeral service itself takes place either in the funeral home chapel or in a church or other location of the family’s choosing, followed by burial in a cemetery. This is still the most selected choice of funeral options today.This gives the family and friends the most opportunity to view the deceased and share their grief and memories of the loved one. It also allows for a great deal of personalization. For example, interests of the deceased such as hobbies can be displayed in the visitation room for those visiting. The family may select a time period in which they would also be at the viewing to greet friends. The funeral service itself may include a video of photos of the deceased accompanied by their favorite music. When it comes to personalization you can let your creativity blossom.Also, some families have selected to have a private graveside service and from that point go to a church or funeral home chapel and have a memorial service for the family and friends. Basically, they do the Traditional service in reverse. This allows for more time to visit with friends after the service.
|Graveside ServiceSome families will choose to have a service at the grave site. This is selected for a variety of reasons such as, the deceased has been ill for a long period of time, has resided in a nursing home or is very aged and has not very many friends left to attend a service.This still allows for viewing of the body and for some type of personalization but the service is much simpler and brief.
Cremation -Please see Cremation page