- Traditional "Full Service Funeral"
- Choices for the Memorial Service
- Funerals - Answering Your Questions
- Download Our FREE Memorial Planning Guide
- Useful Documents & Forms
Traditional "Full Service Funeral"
This type of funeral, often referred to by funeral providers as a "traditional" funeral, usually includes a viewing or visitation and formal funeral service, use of a hearse to transport the body to the funeral site and cemetery, and burial, entombment or cremation of the remains. It is generally the most expensive type of funeral. In addition to the funeral home's basic services fee, costs often include embalming and dressing the body; rental of the funeral home for the viewing or service; and use of vehicles to transport the family if they don't use their own. The costs of a casket, cemetery plots or crypt and other funeral goods and services also must be factored in.
A traditional service for burial, entombment or cremation, is usually the service of choice. At Combest Family Funeral Home we believe in the traditional funeral, because it often best serves the needs of family and friends.
The traditional funeral service may include the following:
- Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
- Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
- Professional support and administrative staff assistance
- Use of visitation rooms
- General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
- Funeral service
- Use of funeral coach
- Utility car
- Register book
- Acknowledgment cards
- Memorial folders or prayer cards
- Video Memorial
The traditional service is a meaningful expression for the family, and it gives friends and associates an opportunity to offer their tributes in the way of flowers or memorials to churches or organizations.
Generally, a member of the clergy or other person chosen by the family conducts a service of remembrance. We encourage the active participation of the family in helping plan this part of the service. Many times family members take part by giving a reading, singing or assisting the clergy.
All of our services can be customized to meet a family's needs or wishes. Increasingly, we find individuals want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute. Our staff is always available to help you plan and design a memorial that fully reflects your wishes.
Choices for the Memorial Service
Whether you're thinking about your own passing and the subsequent funeral service or working to put together a funeral for a loved one, you may feel like there are many big decisions to make.
Of course, it's true that there are many choices. And while that may seem a little daunting and disorienting, it is ultimately a comfort: Today's funeral and memorial services are highly customizable based on an individual's preferences, beliefs, and needs. Whatever kind of service you wish to have, it can all be arranged through the help of a skilled funeral director.
The venue, for example, can be highly variable. Though funeral homes still host the majority of memorials, there are also many people who choose to have funeral and memorial services in homes, churches or other places of worship, or even outdoors.
Music and multimedia are variables. Speaking with your funeral director, you can make arrangements for a local pianist, singing group, string quartet, or even a live band to provide an accompaniment that s either meditative or lively to the service; or, you can arrange for a full multimedia remembrance-video, pictures, slideshows, and beyond.
Many of today's funeral services are essentially all-day affairs- gatherings where family and friends arrive not just to mourn but then to linger and to spend time in fellowship together long after the service itself is over. This of course, attends a need for catering and perhaps also for music, both of which a funeral director can help arrange.
Different families express grief uniquely, and every person has varying wishes for their own remembrances. Thankfully, there are funeral arrangements to suit just about anyone and it is entirely possible to record any future wishes through a pre-arrangment conference.
Every funeral/memorial service should be a memorable, warm reflection of the person who has died.
Funerals - Answering Your Questions
Download Our FREE Memorial Planning Guide
Life is full of opportunities to show someone we love them. One such opportunity is the funeral or memorial service. Fill out this form to download our guide to creating a loving event that celebrates the choices they made, the relationship you shared, and honors the memory of your loved one.
Useful Documents & Forms
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- Death Certificate Form
- Legal Next of Kin Verification Form
- Embalming Authorization Form
- Cremation Authorization Form
- Your First Visit
- Who Needs a Death Certificate?
- Follow-up Checklist
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