The death of a loved one has left families wondering what type of funeral they should plan for their loved one.
A funeral service can take several forms. It can be a simple memorial held in a small private chapel or family gathering or involve elaborate ceremony rituals. These ceremony rituals often take place outside of the actual funeral service, such as at a cemetery. Some families also choose to perform other ceremonies, such as readings and prayer services in addition to the funeral service.
Some families prefer direct cremation over burial because it is less expensive. Direct cremation is the burial of the remains without any embalming or other memorial ceremonies performed by a minister or a religious figure. Family members or close friends usually participate in the direct cremation. This is because the deceased did not prepare for their death in any way and did not request anything special be done for them. In this instance, the crematorium does all of the work for the family, from the body’s transportation to the funeral itself.
The structure of the funeral service also helps us acknowledge the life and legacy of our loved ones. The order of service can be arranged in a way that honors the life they led. We can choose to have an order of service that begins with the person’s name, then continue with a description of what they meant to us and how we can help others in their life.
A memorial service takes place either at the cemetery or at another location, such as a home. Sometimes, friends and relatives gather together to remember the deceased. Other times, friends gather together for a candlelight dinner. Others may hold a private celebration of their life at a favorite restaurant. These are all excellent ways to pay tribute to our loved one.
The next thing to consider is when to hold the funeral service. Many prefer to hold it within the funeral home a few days before the actual burial. This allows us to have time to pay tribute to our friends and take care of any final goodbye plans we may have. It also allows us to arrange for the transportation of the body and the flowers. Sometimes, family members like to take turns holding the final goodbye party.
Some other things to consider are if a viewing will be held at the funeral or not. Some denominations, such as the Catholic Church, do not allow a viewing after the death. If this is the case for you and your family, then the service can be held within a few days of the burial. You may want to inquire with the funeral home how often this is done and their guidelines.
Many times, traditional funerals are pretty casual. Family members and close friends attend them. Cremation services are quite different. If you want something that evokes a more somber mood, viewing may be a better option for you.