A traditional funeral service usually takes place at a local church or funeral home. The visitation or viewing is a time when family and friends can gather to reminisce about the life of the loved one who has passed away. Some families consider this a time of celebration and will share memories with each other. Visitation is held prior to the funeral service, usually the evening before. Family and friends can bring pictures and other memorabilia to add a personal touch. Floral arrangements are often displayed, but some families choose to have donations made to a charity. After the funeral service, the deceased is transported to the burial site where the graveside service is held.
A memorial service is a ceremony to honor and remember the deceased. It is often less formal than the traditional service and because there is no body present, there are more choices when deciding where to hold the service. It can take place in a church, funeral home, chapel, park, home, or other location.
Most crematories require the body be placed in a casket prior to the cremation process, but this is only a choice at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory. Afterward, the remains are placed in a permanent urn and placed in the final resting place chosen. The final resting place can be in a columbarium, mausoleum, crypt, home of a family member or friend or a building where niches can be selected for family units or single spaces. These niches are enclosed with glass or an ornamental front that protects the urn. Many cemeteries have specifically designed areas called urn gardens. Some cemeteries provide scattering gardens within their property.
Your personal planning professional will take the time to explain the value and benefits of these services, so you can make an informed decision.