Traditional Funeral Service
A funeral or memorial service represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral or memorial service. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral or memorial service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
It is the goal of Valley Memorial Park Funeral Home to help people complete the relationship with the one who has passed away and to provide an environment that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.
Traditionally, the funeral will be a Complete Funeral Service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casket. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only inhibit the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.
Graveside Service Only
The Graveside Service can be another selection. This many times would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony could take place followed by the burial.
Traditional Cremation Service
The Traditional Cremation Service is another type of selected offering. This service will be similar to a Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casket burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or even a specially designed cremation rental casket. Following the service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the ashes can be placed in a cemetery or mausoleum with a permanent memorial, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the ashes. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
Direct Cremation Service Only
The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is many times followed by a personalized memorial service at the church, funeral home or other meaningful location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. Embalming is generally not required. However, state laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of the deceased prior to cremation is a personal choice and can be an important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony can also be a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death. These are very personal choices and decisions. There is generally no "right way" or "wrong way" as long as it accommodates the needs of immediate family and friends.
Whether or not we assist you in arranging personalized memorial or funeral services, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends. Thoughtfully arranged personalized services (including video and music tributes) can generate powerful and meaningful memories of a life well lived. We specialize in assisting you with these details.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Valley Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the entire process. A few of the services funeral directors provide are:
- Facilitating arrangement of funeral, cremation and memorial plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging for music and video tributes
- Assisting in arranging for cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, cemetery service fees, flowers and monuments at the cemetery of your choice
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision and facilitating the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary transport arrangements if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
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