Burial is one of the most common types of final disposition, where the deceased is placed on the ground. Having a burial service allows you to give your loved ones the proper funeral ceremony that they deserve. Witnessing the burial helps you honor and respect your loved one while also helping you process their passing and cope with your grief. Additionally, you may choose burial based on your religious or personal beliefs.
There are different services that you can choose for a loved one’s burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:
- Immediate burial means your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering. Your family may decide on this option if your loved one requested no visitation or service.
- Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket and say goodbye or offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved. Having a visitation before the funeral service gives you an opportunity to pay your respects to the deceased and express your condolences to their family.
- Funeral or memorial services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home. The service is a ceremony that serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.
- A graveside service, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, allowing family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to their final disposition through ground burial.
- A celebration of life service is similar to a funeral service, but it is personalized, gives families more options for creativity, and often takes place after the funeral. It’s about family and friends coming together to share memories of their loved ones and what made them special.
Cremation has become the most popular method of final disposition, according to the NFDA. There are several reasons why you may choose a cremation service. Some reasons include religious or personal beliefs, the desire to be more environmentally friendly, and the cost.
The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life.
After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
- Interment means you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
- Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
- Ash Scattering Ceremony allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
- Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
We offer multiple payment options to help lessen the financial burden on your family during this difficult time. Contact us if you have any questions or need more information.
- eChecks, or ACH payments, let you transfer funds directly from your bank account to pay for services. It’s fast, secure, and saves you money on credit card fees.
- We accept payments online via all major credit cards — Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Use our online payment platform to easily and securely pay by credit card today.
- We offer crowdfunding for funeral services, memorial funds, and more. With all the features of other major crowdfunding sites and less fees, crowdfunding on our website is a great option for your family. Talk to a member of our staff to start a crowdfunding campaign today.
- We work with multiple lenders across the U.S. to get you the most competitive lending rates. Viewing the offers available to you doesn’t affect your credit, so you can see all the options you have for loan amounts and repayment terms.
- If your loved one has a life insurance policy you want to use for funeral expenses, talk to us. We can get a portion of your claim funded immediately instead of waiting 30-90 days for the insurance companies to pay out. We’ll also handle all the paperwork!
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Planning a funeral service can raise many questions, and we want to provide you with the information you need during this critical time. We have compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions on our website, covering various aspects of funeral services and arrangements.