A traditional funeral service is when your loved one is present. Generally visitation is held the day or night before the funeral. The funeral service itself is held the following day in either our funeral home, church or special place chosen by the family. Funerals often consist of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon and music. After the funeral, there is a procession to the cemetery for a committal service. The graveside service may be followed by a reception.
A Memorial Service is held when the deceased is not present. It may take place at our funeral home, a church or another place chosen by the family. This is a time to remember a loved one through fellowship with friends and family. The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. For instance, having a traditional funeral service here, and then a memorial service back in the deceased hometown.
Cremation is often a more suitable option for many families. It can be accompanied by the rites and ceremonies of traditional funerals or memorial services, or as personal and unique as the family itself.