Planning a funeral is difficult, whether you are planning for a loved one's funeral or planning in advance for yourself and your husband or wife. The good news is that families can rely on quite a few quality funeral homes for their funeral planning necessities.
It is best to understand that there are essentially two funeral service types: Traditional funerals and Cremating the remains.
Traditional services are typically the most common, but cremation services have risen in popularity recently. Traditional funerals involve a formal viewing or a wake that allows loved ones to "view" the remains and say good-bye to the person they love.
The wake service typically is followed by a solemn ceremony at the funeral home or in a church. Many services may be held outside too. The funeral may include the reading of prayers or speeches by family and friends. There may also be music or other dedications during the service.
Traditional services also include a hearse to move the body, embalming and readying the remains for the viewing prior to entombment. Planning a traditional funeral may also include floral arrangements, special music or mementos to be placed in or around the burial site.
Contrary to popular belief, the option for cremating services doesn't mean you cannot have a traditional service. Most funeral homes that provide interment offer a traditional service such as a viewing prior to cremation
The main distinction is in the procedure for taking care of the body. When cremation service is chosen, the remains are cremated and the cremains are often returned to the family contained within an urn. With a traditional burial, a casket, cemetery plot and other services are needed. A headstone is also typically placed on the burial site.
No matter what type of service you decide on, be sure to seek out a trusted funeral home for advice on which options are best for your situation.