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San Marcos Chapel & Vista Chapel

Common Questions About Funeral Services

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Many people have questions but aren't sure what to ask first.  We hope these questions, and those on the other FAQ pages, will be of some help to you. If you think of something else you would like us to add to this list of questions, please let our Allen Brothers staff know.

Whether you're planning for yourself or for a loved one, the funeral service is one of the most important elements of a person's final arrangements.  With the opportunity for great personalization, the funeral service can truly reflect the uniqueness of the life it honors.  Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. It can:

  • Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of your loved one.
  • Allow friends and family to say their last goodbyes.
  • Provide closure after the loss.
  • Allow family and friends to comfort each other.

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.

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