Types of Services
Caring for a loved one's remains through burial rituals
goes back to the beginning of time. Funerals are a way to help the living
with the grieving process. Funerals give friends and family an opportunity
to honor the life passed, grieve the loss, accept the passing and find
The type of service you choose, be it a funeral or cremation,
is a personal choice. Deciding how to honor and remember your loved
one will be up to you, and your funeral arranger will guide you through
this process to make sure all of your needs are met. No matter what
type of service you are planning, we will help you customize your tribute
to reflect your loved one's life and passions.
Funeral Service - Funeral customs
vary widely between cultures and between religious affiliations
within cultures. Commonly, visitation usually lasts one or two days,
and usually includes the body of the decedent being present, and
is then followed by the funeral service.
- A memorial
service is usually a secular service without the body present. Alternatively,
it is used to describe a less formal practice than a traditional
funeral, and include such things as eulogies, music and fellowship.
- A graveside
service, also known as a "direct burial", is a service
held at the grave site. In addition to being much less costly than
a funeral, it can be a warm and informal way for friends and loved
ones to honor the departed.
- A chapel service
is a service conducted in a place of worship. There are many cemeteries
that have a chapel located on their grounds where services are conducted.
- A church service
is a service conducted in a specific place of worship.
Committal Service - A committal
service is the final prayer at the cemetery or funeral home.
Just as you have choices when arranging a traditional
burial, you have choices when arranging a cremation. Again, it is a
personal decision and your funeral arranger will help guide you through
the necessary steps to ensure a fitting tribute.
Funeral Service - If you choose
cremation, a traditional funeral service is still an option. Allowing
family and friends visitation hours, be it one or two days, helps
with the grieving process. After the funeral service, the body will
then be cremated.
Memorial Service - As mentioned
above, a memorial service is usually less formal than a traditional
funeral service. You can choose to view the body or not. If you
choose cremation, you can have the memorial service before or after
the body has been cremated.
Direct Cremation - With direct
cremation, there are no services planned.
Once the cremation process has taken place, the remains
will be given to a family member or loved one. Some choose to purchase
an urn for the remains and keep them in their home. Others choose to
purchase a "scattering urn" and scatter the remains. You also
have the option to bury your loved one's remains.
Again, what you choose to do is a personal choice and
Kerr-Pastore Funeral Home will be there for you to help you with the