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• Memorial Service: At a memorial service,
a casket is usually not present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together in your memory and celebrate your life.
• Graveside Service: As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket, and usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service.
There is no one right way to plan a funeral service, we believe that each funeral should be as unique and memorable as the life it honors.
When planning your own funeral service in advance, think about the way you want to be remembered. Perhaps you’d like a traditional funeral aligned with certain religious or ethnic customs. Or, a celebration focusing on great memories made with family and friends may be your preference. Maybe it’s a combination of both. You can have one service, or several, to honor your life.
Regardless of the service or services you choose to include in your funeral plan, you can personalize them in almost any way imaginable. For example, just consider the following questions:
• Where should the funeral be held? At your place of worship? At the funeral home?
• Who should officiate the service?
• Will your service adhere to the traditions of
your faith or culture?
• Do you want a eulogy, and who should deliver it?
• Would you like an open or closed casket?
• What music should be played?
• What readings would you like to have?
• Is there a special poem you’d like shared with the guests?
• Are there any special photographs or other memorabilia you would like displayed?
• Should the decor reflect a particular hobby or interest of yours, such as fishing, gardening or music?
• Is there a particular emblem or engraving you want on your headstone or marker?
• Should there be refreshments available or a more elaborate party held after the service?
Cremation Plans
Cremation is an alternative to earth burial or mausoleum entombment: it does not limit the funeral in any way. Should you choose cremation, you will still have the same options for memorialization, such as a Visitation, Funeral Service, Memorial Service or Graveside Service. Cremation can take place before or after the funeral service. In this section, we’ve answered the most common questions that are asked about cremation. If you require further information, please contact us at any time.
What is cremation?
Cremation is a process of reducing the body to bone fragments by applying intense heat for a period of two to three hours. The cremated remains, which are commonly referred to as “ashes,” are removed from the cremation chamber. They are then processed into finer fragments and

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