Allen Brothers Mortuary is a full service mortuary; whether you choose burial or cremation, our staff can personalize your choices for services. You may choose a service, with or without a visitation/viewing, in our chapel, at your church, or at the graveside.
The term "funeral" describes a service with the body present. This service, sometimes called a "traditional funeral", can be held whether the final disposition will be burial or cremation after the funeral. A funeral service can be held in our one of our chapels or at your church, synagogue or mosque. Clergy may, or may not, lead the service at either location, depending on your preference. Often, families offer the opportunity for relatives and friends to share memories of their loved one at some point during this service.
The words "viewing," "visitation," and "wake" are generally synonymous terms for an informal gathering that precedes the funeral. Traditionally, it takes place the day before the funeral, but many families today will hold same-day visitation and funeral services. Often, the deceased is embalmed and in an open casket, but the casket may be closed or not present at all, depending on your choice. This ceremony is an informal time for relatives, friends, and colleagues of the deceased to stop by and offer condolences to the family. A visitation typically lasts for several hours, allowing people to arrive, share a fond memory and kind words with the family, and depart as they wish. Flower arrangements that have been delivered to the chapel will be displayed during the visitation and again at the funeral or graveside service.
The terms "memorial service" or "celebration of life" are used for a special service that takes place without the body of the deceased present. Memorial services can be held in our chapel, your home, or any location of your choice. They can take place just a few days after the death of a loved one, or even weeks or months later, allowing the family to make time for distant relatives to travel or to reserve space at a special venue of their choice.
As cremation has increased in popularity, so has the idea of a memorial service. Sometimes the cremated remains will be present in a decorative urn. However, memorial services are not exclusive to cremation - many families will hold a memorial service after the burial has taken place. A memorial service can be held in conjunction with other services, like a visitation or funeral, or it can be the only service held to honor the life of the deceased.
Please see our Services & Prices page for a description of our various burial and cremation packages; all may be customized and personalized to meet your family's individual needs and choices.