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Traditional Funeral Services
The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services
What is commonly called a traditional funeral service has a standard format that includes:
Visitation: Some people call this a viewing or a wake. This is when guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time in quiet conversation with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral (ex. the days before or on the day of the service).
Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It usually incorporates the traditional elements of music, the reading of select literary or religious passages, the presentation of a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, then this third element involves the procession of the hearse that bears the casketed remains of the deceased followed by the vehicles of the family and guests.
Funeral Reception: Traditionally held in the family home, today many choose to host this post-service gathering (repast) at a favorite reception center or public venue. This is considered a time to nourish the body with good food, and nourish the spirit and ease the heart by sharing memories, laughter, and mutual support.
A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life) has two primary functions: to publicly acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time of transition. While the event also involves the final care of the physical remains of the deceased through burial or post-funeral cremation, the service helps repair the tear of the social fabric of a community caused by the death and helps grieving friends and family members through an orchestrated time of social support.
If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one that involve the four traditional elements noted above, we invite you to call us at (440) 942-0700 to initiate the arrangement process.
Note: If you would like to explore the global history of funerals, there are links to relevant websites in the section below.
Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014
National Museum of Funeral History