While the way that funeral services can be customized may vary from one
funeral home to another, most traditional funeral services have a few very specific
features in common. Keep reading for a look at the common elements of
a traditional funeral, including its location, purpose, and structure.
Location of a Traditional Funeral Service
funeral service is typically held at a funeral home, place of worship, or a cemetery.
Many families use the services of a funeral home or place of worship that
they have a personal relationship with, and that their family has used
for funerals throughout the years. A funeral service may precede a cremation
service or a burial service. If the funeral service precedes a burial,
the body of the deceased may be present during the funeral service in
an open or closed casket.
Purpose of the Funeral Service
The purpose of most traditional funeral services is to mourn, pay final
respects to the deceased, and comfort each other in a time of sorrow.
Contemporary funeral services have become less somber over time, as families
prefer to modify traditional funeral services to allow family and friends
to share stories about the deceased and celebrate the deceased’s life.
Structure of a Traditional Funeral Service
While the structure of a traditional funeral service can be customized
to meet each family’s needs, it traditionally includes several traditional
elements. The funeral service may begin with a visitation period, which
allows family and friends to view the body of the deceased. After the
visitation, the funeral service is held at a funeral home, cemetery, or
place of worship. A burial service or cremation service follows the funeral
service and afterwards, family and friends may gather at someone’s
home for a reception or memorial.
If you’re making
funeral arrangements in St. Louis, our compassionate staff at St. Louis Cremation can help. We can help
you personalize a funeral service or cremation service to meet your needs.
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