o the decedentThere are so many different ways that you can pay respect to a loved one who has passed away. A traditional funeral service can consist of a visitation of the body followed by a procession to the gravesite for additional services. In the case of cremation ceremony, you can choose to scatter the ashes or bury the ashes.
A Memorial Service
This type of funeral commemorates the deceased in a public or private location without the body being present. Having a funeral service in the privacy of your own home can help you save money and allows you to schedule the memorial service at at a time that works best for you and your family. By having the memorial service on your own terms, you avoid having to find time slots that a funeral home can accommodate the funeral.
Combined funeral services are great for family scattered across the country. A traditional funeral service will have the body present at one location, and any family across the country can have a separate memorial service to pay tribute to the decedent.
Also known as “direct” dispositions, non-commemorative funerals are when the deceased is buried, cremated, or donated to a medical science school without any formal funeral service to remember the life that has passed.
Sometimes commemorative services are held at the cemetery, either in a chapel or beside the grave, immediately prior to burial. This tradition is common among many religions.
How you choose to remember the life of a loved one is up to you and your immediate family. One thing is clear, you want the funeral to help family and friends grieve. Grieving is a natural part of the cycle and a funeral service provides the right environment for support and empathy. No matter how the exact memorial service unfolds, what is most important is that you are honest with your feelings and are supportive of your friends and family.
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