Planning a funeral is difficult, no matter if you're planning for a family member's funeral or planning in advance for yourself and your spouse. The upside is that families can rely on quite a few established funeral facilities for their funeral planning necessities.
It is best to understand that there are essentially 2 types of funeral services, Traditional funerals and Cremating the remains.
Traditional services are typically the most popular, but cremating the remains has gained more favor recently. Typical services incorporate a formal service sometimes called a wake that gives family and friends the opportunity to "view" the person and say farewell to their close friend or relative.
The wake or viewing generally comes before a dignified ceremony at the funeral home or in a house of worship. Many services may be set outside too. The funeral may involve the reading of prayers or a few words by family and friends. There might also be music or other dedications at the funeral.
Traditional services also include a hearse to move the remains, embalming and preparing the remains for the wake prior to burial. Planning a traditional funeral may also entail flowers, musical choices or mementos to be added to or around the burial site.
Contrary to popular belief, the choice for cremation doesn't mean you can't hold a traditional ceremony. Many funeral homes that offer interment offer traditional services such as a viewing before the cremation procedure.
The main distinction is in the way the body is handled. When cremation is selected, the body is cremated and the ashes are frequently given to the family in an urn. With a traditional funeral, a casket, cemetery plot and many related services are needed. A burial marker is also typically added to the burial site.
No matter what type of service you decide on, be sure to seek out a dedicated funeral facility for advice on which options are best for your situation.