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 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 for cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. It can:
• Honor, recognize and celebrate the life of the deceased
• Allow friends and family to say their last good-byes
• Provide closure after the loss of a loved one
• Allow friends to console the family of the
loved one
So what is a funeral? 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. It often consists of one or more of the following components:
• Traditional Burial Plans: When considering final arrangements for yourself or a loved one, one of the first decisions you might make is whether you prefer burial or cremation. This decision often influences other important considerations, such as elements of the funeral service and type of cemetery property.
• Funeral Service: A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure
to family and friends. Although your faith
or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, the deceased is present in a casket, though you may choose to have the casket open or closed.
• Visitation, Wake or Viewing: Held the night before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the visitation - also called a wake
or a viewing - provides a way for friends
and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to your family. As with the funeral service, you may decide if you want an open or closed casket.
Funeral Arrangements

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