In general terms, a funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one that allows them the opportunity to mourn, support each other and pay tribute to the life of the deceased. For thousands of years, funerals have allowed survivors to express their feelings about the death of someone they love. The rituals provide comfort when things seem chaotic and out of control.
For many, a visitation followed by a funeral or memorial service is the first step in the grieving process. It is a time when friends, family and other guests can come together to grieve openly and to support one another in a community environment. It is also a time to say good-bye. Viewing the deceased can bring a sense of closure to the bereaved who may be in shock and denial.
It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering to help the bereaved begin the healing process.
Over the years, we’ve learned something very valuable, yet often unrecognized by many: a funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life offers family and friends the opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one and sets the stage for the healing process which follows. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate event. The most important part is in the “coming together” with others to share memories and receive comfort from one another. It can be a very simple ceremony or one where the personality and life-time achievements of your loved one are showcased.
As a full-service mortuary, we offer many options for both burial and cremation. The choices you make allow you to personalize the celebration of life for your loved one to meet the needs and wishes of your individual family. It will be our honor to handle the details for your choices to help make your tribute a memorable one.