A funeral signifies a purposeful chance to reflect on the meaning of a life which has been lived and to ascertain the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There isn’t any single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in its most profound sense. You and those you love are at the very centre of the process, and the selections you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a significant experience for everyone.
It is the aim of Henry W. Anderson Mortuary to help individuals complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to link to each other at the deepest levels and discover common strength.
Complete Funeral Service
Traditionally, the funeral will be a Whole Funeral Service. This comprises a family or public screening of the dead person. Following this will be a service, commonly in the church or at the funeral home. Coffins chosen may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars determined by the material the coffin is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the coffin when earth entombed. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to support the weight of the earth, preserving the cemetery property. A sealed vault are often used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are made to not only shield the gravesite, but are fabricated with interior liners that not only limit the entry of graveside components (water and earth) but raise the strength of the vault.
The Graveside Service can be another choice. This many times would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the graveyard where a graveside service could take place followed by the burial.
Complete Cremation Service
The Entire Cremation Service is another sort of chosen offering. This service will be just like a Whole Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be adapted by the use of a cremation coffin (coffin that’s designed to be cremated) or even a rental coffin may be used. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, correctly scattered, or returned to the family for safekeeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective stuff like fundamental and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
Immediate Cremation Service
The Immediate Cremation Service can be ordered as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other place. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death afterward embalming will not be essential. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) afterward embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Wake of the dead person is a critical step in acknowledging the death has happened. Having some kind of service or ceremony is also an integral factor to a healthy recovery of a decline because of departure.
At Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is crucial that you recognize that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to observe that life. By offering services and memorialization characteristics that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that’s comforting to the family and friends.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and those you adore. There are several things that require focus concurrently. Regardless of the day or hour, Henry W. Anderson Mortuary is consistently prepared to react to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director’s primary function is really to help you with the essential details of the funeral process. One of the services funeral directors provide are:
- Organizing funeral plans
- Securing required permits and death certificates
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging the music you have chosen
- Setting obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Helping in organizing for burial or cremation
- Helping in arrangements for cemetery space, solemn opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transport for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Oversight of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transport, funeral service, and burial if the dead person is to be sent to a distant place