Why are Ceremonies Important?
“These ceremonies remind us all of the ancient notion that when someone dies, it is important to stop what we are doing, turn aside, and note the fact that our hearts are heavy, our support for each other is unwavering, and our loved one’s life is worth remembering.” William Hoy
Sometimes families struggle with the decision whether to have a ceremony or not. It is important to remember that the funeral is for the living. The ceremonies we observe when a loved one dies accomplish several important purposes, not only for the immediate family, but also for the entire community of friends and associates. Here are some of those important reasons for creating and using meaningful ceremonies.
Ceremonies provide stability and order in the chaos of early grief
Ceremonies help confirm the reality of the death
Ceremonies help us validate the legacy of our loved ones
Ceremonies reassure continuation of the society
Ceremonies remind us of what still needs to be done
Celebration of Life Funeral Service – $5,995
Honors your loved one by celebrating a life well-lived. Services can be traditional or unique, and take place at the funeral home, a place of religious worship, a graveside, or other community venues. Our Funeral Directors will guide you through the process of selecting the type of services you want to be included.
A viewing and visitation may be held, before the service, to allow everyone time to remember your loved one’s endearing qualities.
During the service, readings, videos, speakers, and religious leaders can help create special intimate moments. We offer many different signature services to help personalize the service for your family. Families of veterans can also include military honors during the ceremony or hold graveside services at a National Veteran cemetery.
After the service, an interment or committal service can follow at the cemetery. A committal service is where family and friends gather at the graveside to commit a loved one to the earth and say final farewells together. These services can be held in place of a Chapel or Church service, take place outdoors, or inside a mausoleum. There are many options to personalize both the graveside service and the gravesite as well.
The Celebration of Life service truly reflects the uniqueness of the life it honors and can be customized to reflect their life. The following are included in our fees.
- Basic services with Funeral Director and Staff
- Transfer of loved one into our care
- Arrangement conference with immediate family members and Funeral Director
- Coordinate between clergy, church, cemetery, florist, newspaper, etc.
- Professional embalming, dressing, cosmetics, and other preparations of the body for viewing
- Viewing/Visitation/Rosary at our facility or preferred location
- Funeral service in our chapel, a church, graveside, or at a community venue
- Committal service at the gravesite or cemetery
- Funeral hearse or Funeral vehicle for transportation
- Utility car to transport flowers and other items
- Online Obituary tribute and social media sharing from our website
- Aftercare service with a Full-Circle Director to help wrap up estate issues and notification
Each Piece Serves a Purpose
“Each piece of the funeral serves a unique purpose and plays an important role in helping us express what everyday words and actions cannot. When people and ceremony come together, meaning emerges and healing begins to unfold. When you put the pieces together, a ceremony is created that is deserving of the special life that was lived.” (Source: Dr. Alan Wolfelt, grief expert)
- Visitation/Reception allows the family to receive friends, activate your support system, and give others an opportunity to express their concern and love for you. If the body is present, this gives friends and family one last opportunity to say goodbye.
- Music gives avenue to express through feelings what words cannot say. It plays an important role in helping people embrace their feelings.
- Readings capture our beliefs and express them in meaningful texts that comfort those present.
- Eulogy/Remembrance gives a voice to our inner thoughts and feelings about the person who died and helps us begin to embrace the meaning of their unique life. The word “eulogy” comes from the Greek eulogia which means praise or blessing. This is why we give thanks during eulogy for a person’s unique life.
- Symbols/Actions give people an opportunity to honor someone with their feelings through actions like lighting a candle, displaying a cross, or placing flowers on a casket.
- Gathering:Funerals give family and friends an opportunity to gather, share memories, and express their love and support for one another. Through community each person is strengthened, and mourners return home with a sense of loving support and feeling they are not alone.
The Value of a Viewing
Whether or not an open casket is part of the celebration is an individual family choice. The main reason that we have any “viewing” is because that allows people to have a physical presence to focus on when saying their goodbyes. Since most people are very visually inclined by nature, it seems to help them to see the person for the death to be “real” to them and allows them to better focus to begin to tidy up the loose ends that they have with this person. A funeral helps people begin to complete their relationship with the person who died, and sometimes seeing the body helps.