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  Burial Services
Experience the Difference
There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:
• Immediate Burial means that your loved one’s physical remains will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
• Visitation (also called a “viewing,” “wake,” or “calling hours”) allows family and friends to gather with the presence of the loved one (in an open or closed casket) and gives everyone an opportunity to say goodbye and offer their support and sympathy to the family.
• Funeral or Memorial Services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, at an outside location or other venue, or even at your home. It serves to celebrate, honor, and remember their life. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.
• Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.
• Green Burial allows the physical body to return to the earth naturally without using containers to protect the body. Smith & Turner can prepare the body with a formaldehyde-free solution and place in a biodegradable shroud for burial in a “green cemetery” or “natural burial ground” for those who wish for an environmentally-friendly burial. This option makes it possible for end-of-life choices to mirror the loved one’s value system they had during their life.
When a family chooses burial, the funeral service is designed to involve three distinct phases: visitation, the funeral, and the burial service. These generally follow the casket from the funeral home through the final burial at a cemetery. While this arrangement works for some families, it’s not the only option available. We will work with you, understand your needs and create the perfect plan for you and your loved one.
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