What are Funeral Services?
Most people think of funeral services as an obligatory ceremony that they must plan for or attend upon the passing of a loved one. However, the truth of the matter is that these memorials are so much more than that. In fact, they afford surviving family and friends the opportunity to send off the deceased in a matter in which they feel properly reflects who they were while they were among the living.
Funerals then become a symbol of the life that has passed on as well as a celebration of the life that your loved one lived. As a result, and whenever possible, it is very important to honor the wishes of the deceased if they were made apparent before their passing. Such details will help facilitate a more peaceful mourning process for everyone who knew them.
Types of Funeral Services
Typically, when people think of funerals they think of the same thing: a service performed in a funeral home whereby family and friends of the deceased come to pay their final respects. However, that is merely one aspect of the process. There are, in fact, five distinct types of services, including: services followed by a burial or cremation, services followed by a graveside or crematory service and a burial or cremation, graveside service or crematory service and a burial or cremation, service after the burial or cremation or a service at home.
Once you have selected the type of service you would like to have, then you can decide if you would like to add additional events or personal touches to make the event more personal and special. Regarding the events, there are generally four among which to choose, they include a viewing, a wake, a visitation or reception. Personal touches, on the other hand, can include anything from a specific location to a specific person to officiate the entire ceremony. Again, depending on the specific requests made by your now deceased loved one or the wishes of the surviving family and/or friends, arrangements can be made to accommodate.
Funeral Services Etiquette
One of the biggest oversights in planning for a funeral is often etiquette. When planning, be sure to give special attention to mourning customs, traditions and rituals in different faiths, if applicable. You should also be mindful of what to say and what not to say in condolence messages, how to prepare for the services, what not to wear, if you should bring your children and how to handle social media.
For all of your questions or concerns regarding planning funeral services, contact a funeral home in your area.