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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 a casket burial or a cremation. This decision will often influence other important considerations, such as elements of the funeral service and the type of cemetery property.
Funeral or Celebration of Life Service
A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial or cremation, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure to family and friends. Although your faith or culture may dictate some of the elements, you may want to personalize other aspects of the service. At a funeral service, a casket or urn may be present, though you may choose to have the casket open or closed.
Visitation or Viewing
Held the day before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the visitation - also called a “viewing” - provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay their respects and offer condolences to your family. As with the funeral service, you may want to 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. It 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 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? At a place of personal importance to the deceased?
• 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?

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