To begin to answer that question, it is helpful to understand that a funeral is for the living.
A funeral provides closure for what is often an unfortunate occurrence - the passing of a loved one.
A funeral is a way to say goodbye, but it is also much more than that; it's an opportunity to celebrate the life of someone special, and can actually enrich the memories of the deceased for those who are left behind.
Today, a funeral can be as unique as the individual who is being honored. From simple touches like displaying personal photographs to events created around a favorite pastime, funerals can reflect any aspect of a person's life and personality, and may revolve around religious and family traditions.
Funerals and funeral ceremonies (often called services) almost always coincide with Disposition - the term used by the funeral industry to describe the final handling of the decedent. The law states that only funeral directors and other authorized and licensed individuals may be permitted to legally 'dispose' of a deceased person's remains.
When planning for a funeral and deciding on funeral ceremonies, your initial decision is to decide upon the disposition of the body - choosing between burial and cremation. You should know that there are several variations of each. Click on the above links to learn more.
This is the first of many choices that need to be made, but be assured that we are available to offer assistance every step of the way, and to help you make sure that no details will be forgotten or left untended.