When trying to decide on services for your loved one with funeral homes in Springfield, OR., it can be a little overwhelming. This can be due to the fact there are several different services to choose from and you may not know which one, or ones, you should choose. To help you make more sense of this process, we are going to talk today about some of the different services and what they are so that you can be better familiar with them.
This service is the one that most people are aware of and the one most people think of when they think of passing. A funeral service is typically religious in tone and follows a certain order of service. This order of service normally begins with an officiant welcoming guests and saying a prayer or scripture reading. The program will then move along and include music selections, other readings, eulogies given, and the obituary read. It closes with the officiant saying any last remarks and a closing prayer. At a funeral service, the body of the deceased is often present in a casket in the front of the room.
The graveside service, which is also called a committal service takes place after the funeral at the cemetery. Friends and family will gather and the officiant will once again begin the service with a short introduction and reading. This service is much shorter than the funeral and will end with the body being lowered into the grave. These services may be public where anyone can attend, or some families may wish to have them private and for family only.
These two events are very similar and both take place before the funeral service. These events are not as formal as the funeral and do not have a specific order of service. Rather, these events are a come-and-go type of affair with guests arriving and leaving at their own will anytime between the designated times. Often times light refreshments such as cookies and punch will be served.
With a visitation, the body of the deceased is normally not present. Guests come and offer their support and condolences to the mourning family. During a viewing, the body of the deceased is present. This allows guests to not only offer condolences to the grieving family but also approach the casket (if they wish) and say any final goodbyes.
A funeral reception is an event that happens after the graveside service. It is a time for friends and family to gather and share support for each other as well as to honor the deceased. You will find funeral receptions can range from small, intimate affairs to large events with several guests. It might be held at the funeral home or church but can also be held at a family home, outside in a park, restaurant, or anywhere else the family may decide.
As directors of funeral homes in Springfield, OR., we are here to help answer your questions and help you decide on the most appropriate services for your loved one.