Types of Funerals

July 26, 2019 2:11 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you are preparing for the end of life of a loved one, there are many arrangements you’ll need to make. One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to think about is which type of funeral service you want to have for them. Choosing a funeral home in Lake City, FL is a big decision, and it’s important to be familiar with what type of service you’d like to have as you interview funeral directors. Read about the different types of funerals below:

  • Traditional funeral services: A traditional funeral service includes a viewing and visitation, a traditional funeral ceremony and the burial at the gravesite. This is one of the most commonly picked options and is considered a full-service funeral. Loved ones and other attendees can view the body at the visitation and speak to the immediate family of the deceased. Typically, the body is embalmed prior to the viewing, but the casket can also be closed if the family wishes. The funeral service is typically held afterward at the funeral home in Lake City, FL or at a place of worship. The ceremony can include speakers, prayers, eulogies, readings and music, and is often accompanied by slide shows of photos. The family then goes to the burial site, and afterword, it is common to have a reception.
  • Graveside service: A graveside service or committal service is a funeral in which the entire ceremony takes place at the burial site. Attendees gather at the burial site for the ceremony led by an officiant, and the ceremony is accompanied by many of the same elements as a traditional funeral service. However, graveside services are typically shorter than traditional ceremonies. After the service, the body is lowered into the grave.
  • Memorial service: Often, in lieu of a traditional funeral service, a memorial service can be held. This is different from a funeral service in that the body is not present. Memorials can happen after the deceased is buried, or if the deceased was cremated, the urn with the ashes can be present at the memorial service. Many people choose to view a memorial as a celebration of the life of a loved one.
  • Direct burial or cremation: A direct burial happens when the deceased is buried very shortly after death, without a service. This option is an affordable one, as the body doesn’t need to be embalmed and it doesn’t require an expensive casket to display. Omitting the ceremony also reduces costs. The funeral home in Lake City, FL of your choice obtains the death certificate and takes care of the required permits and transportation to the cemetery. A direct cremation is a similar option, and requires a simple receptacle with no embalming.

At ICS Cremation & Funeral Home, we want to make the planning of your loved one’s arrangement as stress free and straightforward as possible. Whatever type of service or memorial you wish to have for your loved one, we want to make sure you’re able to show respect and celebrate your loved one’s life the way you need to. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

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