Our highly trained licensed staff will assist you in selecting the service that best suites your needs. We will personalize the service to best reflect the life of the deceased, as well as the wishes of the survivors.
- Prepare and file the death certificate with the health department and obtain the necessary permits, as well as certified copies of the death certificate
- Assist you in preparing and submitting an obituary notice
- Ascertain appropriate times for the visitation and the funeral service, whether it be at a church or at the funeral home
- Contact the officiate
- Arrange for the appropriate music at the service, such as an organist, soloist, cd’s or tapes
- Arrange for flowers, police escort for the cortege and honorarium for the officiates
- Notify any fraternal, military or other organizations
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 other location. 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 in our Hospitality Center, church or other gathering place.
Cremation is another means of final disposition such as burial and entombment. The cremation can follow the visitation and funeral service at which the casket is present. After the funeral service, instead of going to the cemetery, the casket goes to the crematory. After cremation, a public or private inurnment of the cremated remains can take place at the convenience of the family.
A memorial service, without the casket present can be held after the cremation takes place. The cremated remains may or may not be present for the memorial service. The service can be held at the funeral home, or at a church or other location. After the service, the urn may be taken to a cemetery for burial or be returned to the family.
Embalming is most often a matter of practical necessity for a service with the body present. For immediate cremation, embalming is not required. In fact, under many circumstances, embalming is not a legal requirement. State health regulations will vary regarding the requirement for embalming.