A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a loved one's life. Celebrating the impact of that life is a time honored tradition for both family and friends. At its core, the funeral service represents a time for sharing in its deepest sense. There is no right or wrong way to plan a funeral service. You, and the ones you love, are at the very center of the process. The choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
It is the goal of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel to help surviving family and friends to honor and celebrate a valued life. We strive to do this in a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.
Complete Funeral Service
While there is no typical approach to planning a funeral, a "complete funeral service" is the most traditional and comprehensive approach. This includes preparation of the deceased for viewing and a family or public visitation. Following the visitation, a service would be held. This is often at the funeral chapel or in a church but can be at any location that holds significance. At the the conclusion of the service the family typically follows the funeral coach in procession to the cemetery. This ceremonial act of staying with your loved one until the very end is concluded with a brief committal service at the graveside, followed by burial of the casket. A reception or gathering is often held following the service to commemorate a life lived.
Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket with earth burial. These minimum liners are typically constructed of either concrete or polypropylene. Liners are designed to keep the weight of the earth off the casket and maintain the integrity of cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. Burial vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.
The graveside service service is often planned in lieu of a traditional funeral service in a facility. However, some families choose to use the graveside as an additional opportunity to say good bye. The graveside service usually follows a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony and burial could take place.
Complete Cremation Service
The complete cremation service is identical to a Complete Funeral Service, except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated). Rental caskets are also available. This approach allows for a traditional looking hardwood casket to be present at a service or viewing. Once ceremonies are over, the interior insert containing the remains is cremated. A new insert is used after each use. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. An urns is used to hold the cremated remains. 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.
Immediate Cremation Service
The immediate cremation service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral chapel or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. In most cases viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery from a loss due to a death.
At Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel, we encourage families to create a personalized service that is in keeping with their family’s traditions. It is so important to acknowledge in death the person we loved so much in life. Personalizing the service also allows friends and the community a way in which to celebrate and remember. At Smith Lund Mills we offer so many choices to memorialize a person who was special and unique. We are sure to help you find just the right way to commemorate your loved one in an individualized way that is comforting to family and friends.
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, Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel 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 funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
- Arranging funeral plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Notification of the death to the Social Security Administration
- Assistance with filing burial insurance claim
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging the music you have selected
- Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
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