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 ethnic and religious 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.
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.
The funeral service fills many needs. 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. The committal service is a brief ceremony at the gravesite. It may be private or public , depending on the wishes of the family. 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. 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.
Our Funeral Homes are purposefully warm and homelike to provide a comfortable and elegant setting for visitation, memorial and funeral 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.