Funerals provide people with the opportunity to honor a loved one’s life. By learning more about the different types of funeral arrangements, you can choose a ceremony that best reflects your religious beliefs, culture or personal desires. Your ceremony should serve as a loving tribute and remembrance to the one who has passed on.
Types of Funeral Services
Funeral services can be divided into three categories: traditional funerals, memorial services and immediate dispositions. Within these categories, however, there are numerous ways of personalizing a ceremony to commemorate a loved one’s life.
Traditional funerals are generally formal in style and include a religious service, embalming, a casket for viewing, a hearse for transporting the body, burial services and the purchase of a formal burial plot.
Traditional funerals can be elaborate or simple, depending on your personal taste and budget. The ceremony can take place in a house, church or funeral home and is usually tailored to the deceased’s religious or cultural beliefs.
At the same time, you can add a personal touch to your ceremony by selecting décor, music and readings that reflect the deceased’s personality, character and life, making it a special experience for those who attend. A personal, meaningful service is sure to be remembered for years to come.
A memorial service is another way to pay homage to the one you love. This type of service is usually informal and eliminates the viewing because it occurs after the deceased has been cremated or buried (an urn carrying the ashes of the deceased may be put on display). This gives you more time to prepare the kind of ceremony your loved one would want.
Memorial services can be simple or grand, formal or informal. Informal services give you greater options for making innovative funeral plans. If the deceased was a nature lover, for example, memorial services could be held at a local beach or favorite park. A joyous memorial service with upbeat music and dancing would be more conducive for someone who loved life than a solemn ceremony. Ask yourself how the deceased would like to be remembered and add that personal touch.
In an immediate disposition, the body is cremated or buried immediately after death, eliminating the service altogether.
Although immediate disposition doesn’t call for a service, you can always invite a handful of close relatives or friends to your home or the burial site to say goodbye. Those closest to the deceased will appreciate the opportunity to pay their last respects to someone they loved.
Planning a funeral shouldn’t be a stressful or complicated task. At Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services, we can help you plan a meaningful and memorable service worthy of the one you love. For greater insight into funeral options and costs, contact us at 614-224-6105.