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 Frequently Used Terminology
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Funeral. A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, honoring, and remembering the life of a person who has passed away. While specific customs, traditions, and practices differ across different cultures and religions, all funerals serve the key purpose of giving the bereaved a special time and place to say goodbye and find comfort and healing in one another.
“Traditional” funeral services have taken place in a church, chapel, or a venue with seating with the loved one present in a casket. The service includes reading of the obituary, music, oftentimes a picture slideshow of their life, and a religious message or reflections about the person. We honor those that want to continue to model the service in this way, but also respect those who do not wish for a formal setting.
Memorial Service. Memorial service has the same structure as a funeral service and it also provides a formal time to honor and remember the loved one. The loved one may or may not be present in an urn following cremation. Regardless of the final resting place, a memorial or funeral service exists to give family and friends a final farewell.
Gathering. A Gathering is an opportunity for families and friends to come together, fellowship, and enjoy food as they remember the life of their loved one. This can occur during the day or evening, and is offered at our Gathering Room, outdoors, or another venue of choice. If desired, the loved one may be present in a casket or in an urn. The Gathering can be a casual time to share memories and words of encouragement but serves the same purpose of a funeral or memorial ceremony in giving the family and friends time for healing.
Viewing. A viewing is also known as a “visitation,” “wake,” or “calling hours” and can involve an open or closed casket. A viewing can occur as a brief, one-time occasion for immediate family, before a service to include friends, or it can be available for 1 day or more, giving family and friends freedom to come and go at any time or for any length of time. Having their loved one present often helps family and friends to accept the reality of their loss, especially for those who may not have seen them in a while. The opportunity to come to terms with the death and say a final farewell is an important step on the road to closure and healing. Time with the loved one may be cathartic where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment and forgive, or share your favorite memory and appreciation.
Embalming. The preparation of the body can involve a number of different tasks performed by our trained and licensed embalmers. All preparation is performed at our facility, from the time of passing until final disposition, your loved one will remain in our care. Embalming is a process to sanitize and temporarily preserve the body of a person who has passed away. It can also enhance the appearance of a body that has suffered damage from an accident or illness. They are then washed, dressed, groomed, and placed into the chosen casket for viewing or service. Restorative art and make-up will be applied as necessary to give the family the most natural and best presentation of their loved one. By preserving the body through embalming, we can give you and your family time to make personalized and meaningful arrangements as desired.
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