What is a Tradition?
A way of doing something that has been passed down from generation to generation, is perceived to have value, and is considered to be the proper thing to do.
A Traditional Funeral Service generally means that there is a period for mourning following a death in the family, there will be arrangements for public viewing of the deceased and a public funeral service at either a Church or Funeral Home. Burial or entombment usually follows at a local cemetery. Cremation may be an option to burial and is considered to be a traditional part of general funeral services.
While the Traditional Funeral Service as described above is based on historic area practices and public sensitivity, these services can be modified or adjusted to meet special needs or to stay within a predefined financial limit.
Three types of Traditional Services:
- Traditional Service with the Visitation on one day, and the Funeral Service is held either at Church or the Funeral Home on the following day. Friends and Family usually go in procession to the cemetery for burial following the service.
- One Day Traditional Service with a period for Visitation prior to the Funeral Service and burial. All rites and services are concluded in one day although the deceased may be moved from the Funeral Home to a Church for the Funeral Ceremony, and then a procession to the cemetery for burial.
- A Graveside Service is a form of traditional service but adapted in that all services are held entirely at the cemetery or mausoleum. The casket can be open for a public viewing. Family and friends meet at the cemetery at a predetermined time, and there is no funeral procession.