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  What is a funeral?
              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.
Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial or tribute service, a casket or urn is 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.
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, a casket or urn is present, 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 should one be present.
Graveside Service
As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket or urn, and usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service.
Regardless of the service or services you choose to include in your funeral plan, you can personalize them any way you desire. 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?
• Would you want a eulogy? If so, who would you like to do the delivery and are there special readings you want to include?
• Would you like an open or closed casket?
• What music should be played?
• Are there any special photographs or other memorabilia you would like displayed?
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