A traditional funeral, or ‘full service’ funeral, usually includes the full services of a Funeral Director in addition to a formal funeral ceremony. A full service funeral will typically involve embalming, dressing of the body, choosing of a casket, visitation the evening before at a funeral home, church or hall, a funeral ceremony, use of a hearse to transport the deceased to the funeral home and cemetery, and burial, or cremation. Dalmeny Funeral Home will also provide guidance for costs related to a cemetery plot, services of a clergy or celebrant, submitting an obituary, funeral flowers, memorial books and catering.
A cremation service usually includes the full services of a Funeral Director. There is a choice to have a full funeral service with embalming, dressing of the body, choosing of a casket, visitation the evening before at a funeral home, church or hall and a funeral ceremony prior to the cremation process. Or, you can choose to have the cremation take place immediately after your loved one has passed away and then have a funeral ceremony with the urn present.
A memorial service can included everything that is included in a traditional service; the only difference is the deceased is not present at the funeral. The interment can be done the morning before the memorial service and the service is often held within a week of the death. These days, however, it can even be postponed for a long period of time for the sake of the family’s convenience. This may be the case especially if mourners must travel a great distance to attend. Some families decide to wait for a particularly meaningful holiday to hold the service as well. Realize, too, that the occasion honours the deceased and is a chance to celebrate his or her life.
A graveside service includes much of the services provided by the funeral home that are involved with a traditional service but the service itself is held at the cemetery rather than at a funeral home, church or hall.