What You Need to Know About Different Kinds of Funerals | Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes

What You Need to Know About Different Kinds of Funerals

October 21, 2019

You might never have thought of it before, but there are actually several different kinds of funerals in Western culture. Whether you’re in the difficult position of planning a funeral service for a loved one, or writing your own end-of-life wishes for your loved ones’ benefit, deciding which kind of funeral you’d like is the first step in the planning process.

Should you find yourself in need of additional guidance, Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes would be honored to help. Contact our funeral planners in Clark County, WI today to get your funeral questions answered:

  • Viewings or visitations: Many families decide to hold a viewing or visitation when their loved one passes away. Some people find it a great comfort to be able to see the person’s body, as it helps them accept that they are no longer with us. This is often in addition to a more formal service, but occasionally a family will offer a visitation and keep the funeral or memorial private.
  • Committals or graveside services: Probably the most popular in media, a graveside service takes place in a cemetery. If the deceased will be buried, it will precede the coffin being lowered into the ground; if they were cremated, it will occur before the ashes are interred at the crematorium.
  • Traditional funeral: A traditional funeral often takes place in a chapel or church, but can also take place in the family home. The remains are present at the service, and then there is a procession to the cemetery in order to inter them into the ground. Another option is to have the remains at the funeral and then proceed to the crematorium. This option is a good one for those who were particularly religious or traditional. Many families find comfort in their familiarity.
  • Memorial service: A memorial can take place before or after burial or cremation, as the focus is not on saying goodbye to “the body,” but to the person themselves. This type of service works well for those who wish to have a less formal service, or one that focuses on celebrating the person’s life. They typically involve less religious context and can be held anywhere. Some families like to conduct memorials before scattering ashes in a place that was significant to the deceased.

As you consider which kind of service to hold, you should also make notes about what kind of music, officiant and ceremony you’d like to have, as well as photographs, flowers and other mementos to set the tone.

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Maurina-Schilling Funeral Homes has been a trusted funeral home Clark County, WI for over 70 years. We aim to provide thoughtful guidance and beautiful services to help you honor your loved ones. We have our own chapels, crematory, dining areas and other facilities, as well as strong partnerships with local florists and vendors, to make the funeral planning process as easy as possible. Contact us today to schedule a time to learn more about your options from our compassionate team.

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