Human beings are unique in that they need closer and a sense of ritual when it comes to the passing of loved ones. Funeral services serve to bring this closer to the friends and family of those who have left this world. Whether you are pre-planning your own arrangements, or arranging for someone who has already passed away, you can choose from among a number of services that will give reflection to the one it honors.
You can choose to have a service that is formal and traditional in form, or choose something less formal and nontraditional. For many, their faith, or the faith of the one passed may have some say in the choices you make, but even then you might choose to personalize some parts of the ceremony.
The funeral will have an urn or casket present and depending on the situation you may elect to have the casket open for viewing, or a closed casket service. If you want a viewing of the loved one, then a wake is usually done the day before the burial, or just before the service and burial takes place.
A memorial service can also be performed which is done some time after the burial of the deceased, which is meant to give friends and family an opportunity to come together in celebration and respect to one who has left this world.
Graveside services are another choice where the service is held next to the burial site just before the lowering of the casket. This can be done in addition to church held service or in place of it.
Prepaid Funeral Arrangements
Some prefer to save their loved ones from having to make such decisions at this difficult time. If you would like to do so, then you can pay for and make the arrangements of your own funeral in advance.
If this is something you choose, then try and think what lasting memories you would like to create as part of your ceremony and service. Where do you want your service held. What type of casket do you want. Or, do you wish to be cremated.
Do you have a particular faith and wish those edicts to be followed, or do you want a completely nontraditional ceremony and burial. Who would you like to deliver the eulogy?
While the passing of a loved one is not something we like thinking about, having the right funeral services can help us to have closer and lasting memories of those who passed.