Burial is a very traditional method of final disposition. You can choose between several types of burial services suited to your individual preferences or those of your loved one:
- An immediate burial is an option for those looking for a burial or entombment but do not wish to have a gathering or public funeral service. Immediate burial is usually a more economical option for those looking for a simple and straightforward final disposition choice.
- Many families prefer to hold a visitation allowing family and friends the chance to say goodbye to the deceased, in either an open or closed casket. These services are also known as viewings, wakes, or calling hours. You may also consider a private family viewing if you do not wish to have a public event.
- A funeral or memorial service can be customized to represent something meaningful for your loved one. Services can be held at a range of locations, but typically take place at the funeral home or a church. A formal funeral service is generally a more serious and somber event while memorial services tend to celebrate the life of the deceased in a more cheerful manner.
- Committal services (commonly known as graveside services) are an opportunity for loved ones to gather at the cemetery to say a final goodbye to the deceased. These services often take place after a funeral or memorial service, however you can also choose to hold a committal service without any other additional events. A private graveside service is also an option if that is more appropriate for your circumstances.
Families frequently choose cremation over burial because of the wide degree of flexibility cremation offers during the planning process. Whether the family needs more time to make decisions, coordinate travel arrangements, or plan final disposition details, cremation can help reduce the sense of urgency that comes up after the death of a loved one.
- Choosing cremation still allows the family to hold a funeral or memorial service. Some families elect to hold a viewing prior to the cremation taking place, offering a final chance for friends and family to say goodbye to the deceased. Deciding on cremation versus burial does not change the type of services you may select from.
- Interment of cremated remains is an option for those wanting to bury an urn in a family burial plot or special memorial site. Urn gardens or cremation niches in columbariums are also options for final disposition of cremated remains for those wanting a significant place to visit and remember their loved one after passing. We have a variety of indoor and outdoor options you can choose from and are happy to review the possibilities with you.
- If you decide to bury cremated remains, you may still choose to hold a graveside service to honor your loved one with a traditional ceremony. Some cemeteries also allow for cremated remains of more than one person to share a burial plot, typically the case for married couples or family members who wish to commingle their ashes together.
- Scattering cremated remains is another popular choice for people who have a meaningful site for their loved one’s final resting place. You might choose to scatter all of the cremated remains or retain a portion in an urn as a sentimental keepsake. Memorial or scattering gardens are commonly available at cemeteries, or you may scatter remains on private property. It is possible to scatter ashes on public property, however you may need permission or a permit in advance before doing so.
- If you choose to retain the ashes, we offer a variety of urns which may suit your loved one’s personality and honor their memory. There are full sized urns designed to accommodate all of the remains, or smaller keepsake sized urns if you would like to divide the ashes so that family members may each keep a memorial of their loved one nearby.
Cemetery Monument Design Services
We carry a large variety of monument choices and are happy to help you design a memorial that truly honors your loved one’s unique life and personality. Our custom design professionals are experienced in graphic design and creating a special piece tailored to your wishes. We are pleased to offer this service in-house to provide you with a streamlined and efficient experience during your planning process.
We offer multiple online payment options to help lessen the financial burden on your family during this difficult time. Talk to a member of our staff if you have any questions or need more information.
- eChecks, or ACH payments, let you transfer funds directly from your bank account to pay for services. It’s fast, secure, and saves you money on credit card fees.
- We offer crowdfunding for funeral services, memorial funds, and more. With all the features of other major crowdfunding sites and less fees, crowdfunding on our website is a great option for your family. Talk to a member of our staff to start a crowdfunding campaign today.
- We work with multiple lenders across the U.S. to get you the most competitive lending rates. Viewing the offers available to you doesn’t affect your credit, so you can see all the options you have for loan amounts and repayment terms.
- If your loved one has a life insurance policy you want to use for funeral expenses, talk to us. We can get a portion of your claim funded immediately instead of waiting 30-90 days for the insurance companies to pay out. We’ll also handle all the paperwork!