Funeral planning can be a difficult process while grieving the loss of a loved one. But having a funeral provides those who are grieving a place to receive support, come to terms with their loss, say goodbye, and honor their loved one’s life. Being surrounded by family and friends lets everyone share stories and memories and creates a lasting support system as everyone begins their grief journey.
Depending on your personal preferences, there are several services to choose from for a loved one’s burial:
- For immediate burial, your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service.
- A visitation lets everyone gather together in a room with your loved one in an open or closed casket to say goodbye.
- Funeral or memorial services can be held at the funeral home or your church.
- Graveside, chapel, or committal services take place at the cemetery.
For cremation services, we strongly encourage you to hold a visitation and funeral service to honor your loved one’s life. After the cremation and services, there are several options for your loved one’s final disposition:
- Interment is when you bury your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, memorial site, cremation niche or urn garden, or other indoor and outdoor locations.
- Scattering is when you spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, cemetery, over water, or another significant location.