Funeral services also allow people to look back on a life and recall precious moments that they may be able to share with others. In remembering the life, they also may be able to find support during this difficult time. This time together with others gives friends and relatives an opportunity to express the love and respect they feel for someone who was important to them and touched their lives in some way. Often, just seeing how much others care and being able to share memories can be a tremendous help to a family in adjusting to their loss. That is why funeral ceremonies are shared amoungst friends in the community and in some form have remained in our lives for thousands of years. No matter how small or elaborate that ceremony, funerals provide people with the means and environment to freely receive and express honest feelings of their loved one in a safe place.
Services often consists of one or more of the following components:
This is typically a formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to the burial/cremation with the casket or urn present. A funeral service often provides the family and friends with a sense of closure as it is time set aside just for that person. Although your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalize other elements of the service to meet your individual needs.
Visitation, Wake or Viewing
A visitation is a gathering of relatives, friends, and associates that is generally held the night before or immediately before the funeral service, with the casket or urn present. Also called a wake, calling, or a viewing, this time provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to your family.
Memorial or Tribute Service
Similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service or tribute service is one where the casket or urn is not present. This service can be held with or without a director present, and often there is no time constraint on when the service takes place after the death (whether it is days, weeks, or even years after the death). It also gives family and friends a time to come together in memory of the life in order to provide support and to celebrate the life.
Graveside or Committal Service
As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial interment of a casket or urn, and usually consists of final remarks by an officiant or loved ones, prayers, music, or memories. The graveside service may occur after or in place of a funeral service.
Celebrate a Life Lived
At Hendryx, we believe that each funeral service should be as unique and memorable as the life it honors. So no matter what service or combination of services you choose, we will make sure to help add the personal touch that will make the event as remarkable as the individual it is celebrating.
Regardless of whether you or your loved one have opted for burial or for cremation, the funeral or memorial service fills an important role. A funeral provides a unique opportunity to pay tribute to a loved one's life. It also plays a crucial role for the living because they acknowledge the death; allowing survivors to begin to heal and prepare for the changes that may lie ahead as they move forward. Allowing yourself to mourn or grieve for those indiviudals is often crucial to begin to heal. Mourning is never a weakness, in fact it takes much strength to be able to grieve. It should be looked upon as a time where you expressed your love for another person in the most honest way possible.