A funeral service fills several important needs in today’s society. First of all, it provides for the dignified and respectful care of the deceased, and as a special tribute to a unique life. Equally important, the funeral service helps survivors confront the reality of death—the first big step toward overcoming grief. A funeral is a very personal matter, subject to the wishes and needs of our client families. The kind of funeral service provided is influenced by many factors, including tradition, custom, religious affiliation and individual preference. There is no standard practice, no set pattern of events that is right for everyone. To better serve the growing number of families who prefer cremation, we have, since 1999, operated our own cremation facility, located in our Marinette Ave. building.
A funeral gives friends and relatives an opportunity to express the love and respect they feel for someone who was important to them. Many times, just seeing how much others cared can by a tremendous help to a family in adjusting to their loss. Personalizing a funeral to reflect the life of the deceased can be comforting to both family and friends. It makes the service unique while engaging those facing loss in the positive experience of planning a personal tribute.
We stand committed to meeting the needs of you, our client families. We will answer your questions in a clear and understandable manner; explain our prices and the value and benefits of all available options; and ensure that the arrangements you make meet with your individual needs. Your inquiry and comparison is invited.
What Kind of Funeral Do You Want?
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Funeral practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the funeral will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. They also influence whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the remains will be buried or cremated.
Among the choices you’ll need to make are whether you want one of these basic types of funerals, or something in between.
- "Traditional", full-service funeral
This type of funeral, often referred to by funeral providers as a “traditional” funeral, usually includes a viewing or visitation and formal funeral service, use of a hearse to transport the body to the funeral site and cemetery, and burial or entombment. It is generally the most expensive type of funeral. In addition to the funeral home’s basic services fee, costs often include embalming and dressing the body; rental of the funeral home for the viewing or service; and use of vehicles to transport the family if they don’t use their own. The costs of a casket, cemetery plot or crypt and other funeral goods and services also must be factored in.
- Direct burial
The body is buried shortly after death, usually in a simple container. No viewing or visitation is involved, so no embalming is necessary. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later. Direct burial usually costs less than the “traditional”, full-service funeral. Costs include the funeral home’s basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt. If the family chooses to be at the cemetery for the burial, the funeral home often charges and additional fee for a graveside service.