Traditional Funeral

A funeral is a way of commemorating a life and drawing together friends and family members so that they can support each other as they share memories, although different religious communities have created set formats or rituals that they follow in conducting funeral services.

 

The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a service or commemoration is that it should be reflective of the person who has died. While religious elements may play a part, it should also include stories about the person's life that help everyone recapture and revisit their own memories. Sometimes this is best accomplished by having friends or family members share their reflections as part of the service. Some people personalize the service with special music (which may be religious or non-religious). Others bring in pictures to have at the service. Sometimes favorite mementos that belonged to the deceased are integrated into the ceremony such as wood carvings, golf clubs or even a motorcycle.

The goal of the traditional funeral is to give a true sense of who this person was. There is nothing wrong with telling funny stories about the person who died: a funeral recognizes the sad event of a death, but can include humor.

 

 

Whether or not an open casket is part of the ceremony is an individual family choice. The main reason that we have any "viewing," is because that allows people to have a physical presence to focus on when saying their goodbyes. Most people are very visually inclined by nature,viewing the deceased allows an individiual to experience closure in their lives. A funeral helps people to complete their relationship with the person who died.

 

 

The value of the service depends on how it is constructed. Our family attempts to create funerals that leave families and friends feeling very lucky that the deceased was a part of their lives. The music, the stories, the whole nature of the person is integrated into the service to appropriately celebrate the individuals life.

Several options are available for those who prefer a traditional burial service; A complete funeral service at the funeral home or place of worship with burial to follow; Graveside memorial service of remembrance; and finally, immediate burial with no services. While these only cover the general types of burial services, your choices are not required to fit exactly into any particular category.