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Burial Services

Up until recent decades, burial has been the most common final disposition method families choose. Traditionally, families will have their loved one embalmed, placed in a casket, and displayed for a viewing. After the funeral services are over, the casket holding the deceased will be placed in the ground and buried. A grave marker will be placed in the ground so families can visit their loved one’s grave later on.

 

 

What is Burial?

Burial is a type of final disposition where the deceased is placed into the ground. Traditionally, the deceased is embalmed and placed into a casket that is buried. However, natural burials are becoming more common. Typically, in this case, the body isn’t embalmed and is simply buried as is or even wrapped in a shroud and then buried.

 

It’s also common to do burial after cremation. This means that the deceased’s ashes are placed into the ground and buried. Typically, a grave marker or headstone will be placed where the ashes are buried. However, it is also common for people to keep their loved one’s ashes or even scatter them at a later time.

 

There also is above-ground burial or entombment. This is when the deceased’s body is placed in a casket, which then remains in a mausoleum.

 

 

Why Choose Burial?

Having a burial service allows you to give your loved one a proper funeral ceremony that they deserve. Witnessing the burial helps you honor and respect your loved one, while also helping you process their passing and cope with your grief. Additionally, you may choose burial based on your religious or personal beliefs.

 

Being in nature also can bring you some comfort while mourning your loss. Research shows that being in nature helps regulate serotonin levels in the brain, which helps stabilize our overall mood.

 

It also gives your family and friends a meaningful place to visit when you want to feel close to your loved one. It can be a personal or family tradition to regularly visit your loved one’s gravesite to leave flowers, share memories, or simply to sit and think about your loved one.

Burial Service Types

Whether you want a traditional in-ground burial or an above-ground entombment in a mausoleum, our funeral home’s staff can help you plan a meaningful burial service. 

 

Some burial services you can choose from are: 

 

  • An immediate burial without a visitation or service. Your family may decide on this option if your loved one requested that there was no visitation or service. However, the funeral isn’t just about the person being honored. It’s a way for their family and friends to begin their grief journeys.
  • A visitation with an open or closed casket before the funeral service or burial. Having a visitation before the funeral service gives you an opportunity to pay your respects to the deceased and express your condolences to their family.
  • A funeral service at a funeral home, church, or another location. This typically includes prayer, readings, singing of hymns, and a eulogy about the deceased’s life.
  • A graveside service at the cemetery. You can have a graveside service instead of a traditional funeral service or in addition to a funeral service. A graveside service takes place before the burial.
  • A celebration of life service. This is similar to a traditional funeral service, but provides more opportunities for personalization. It’s often held at a unique location and more celebratory in tone rather than somber. It also can include a burial service like with a traditional service. Or, it may take place well after the funeral service, so family and friends can continue to celebrate and honor their loved one’s memory.

You also can choose to have a graveside service in addition to or instead of a traditional funeral service.


Package Options

If you've chosen to have your loved one buried, you may want the casket present at the service. Many people choose to hold a viewing prior to the service. Whichever option you choose, we will work with you to ensure that you have every opportunity to bring family and friends together to say a final goodbye before the burial.

The service packages listed below reflect what most of our client families select. The fees for most of the items included have been discounted below what is listed in our General Price List.

There are no merchandise or third party charges included in our service packages. These items may include a casket selection, a cemetery outer burial container, flowers, clergy costs, obituaries, or death certificates.

Other memorial remembrance items may or may not be included depending on the service plan selected. Such items may include a DVD Memorial Tribute, prayer cards, a register book, personalized bookmarks, candles, jewelry, or a crucifix.

Please feel free to call or visit if you would like a personal conversation to help you with your decisions.

 

  

traditional funeral service

visitation, funeral service, interment service  $3,995.00



This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20 mile radius, embalming, dressing and casketing, use of facilities and staff for up to a one or two day visitation, funeral ceremony or services in our funeral home or another facility, and interment, hearse for service, lead vehicle if necessary, a committal service,a Memorial Tribute DVD, a memorial candle or crucifix for inside the casket, a visitor’s register book, prayer cards, thank you cards, attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

If this service package is selected a casket and possibly a cemetery outer burial container may have to be selected.  A grave space will require the container or burial vault, a mausoleum space will not. Both may be selected on our Resourses / Merchandise page.

Other items to be considered (Not included in our fee) would be any/or all cash advances such as cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates. ($20 each). Veterans may receive these at no cost.

 

 

 

private viewing for family

direct burial, or a graveside service if requested     $1,995.00


 

This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20 mile radius, dressing and casketing, use of facilities and staff for 30 minutes of visitation with an open casket (if desired) before the funeral service or direct burial.

Included are a visitor’s register book, personalized prayer cards, thank you cards, a Memorial Tribute DVD if desired, a memorial candle or a crucifix for inside the casket.  Attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

A funeral ceremony or services in our funeral home or another facility, a hearse if necessary within a 25 mile radius, a lead vehicle if necessary and a committal service if desired.

If this service package is selected a casket will be necessary if there will be a burial in a cemetery or entombment in a mausoleum.  If a ground burial is selected, an outer burial container ( or burial vault) will also be needed.  Both the casket and the outer burial container may be selected on our page Resourses / Merchandise. 

Other items to be considered (not included in our fee) may include any/or all cash advances such as cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ( $20.00 each). Veteran's may receive the death certificates at no cost.

 

 

 

no viewing, a direct burial, graveside service

$995.00 

 



A graveside service is a funeral service held at the grave site at a cemetery.

This package includes the basic service of the funeral director and staff, transfer of the deceased to the funeral home within a 20 mile radius, dressing and casketing, hearse for service, a committal service if desired, a visitor’s register book, prayer cards, thank you cards, if necessary,.

Attention to all details including filing of forms with government offices, preparation of obituaries and handling of floral tributes.

If this service package is selected a casket will be need to selected.  If ground burial is selected an outer burial container will also need to be selected.  If a mausoleum space is used no outer burial container is necessary.  Both the casket and container may be selected on our page Resourses / Merchandise. 

Also, cash advances may also be desired and are not covered in our fee; cemetery fees, newspaper fees, clergy costs, flowers, certified copies of the death certificates ($20 each) personalized memorial items such as a Memorial Tribute DVD, and a Memorial Candle.

In this case it is a stand-alone event. This charge does not include: embalming, use of facilities or staff for any visitation or ceremony, public or private, prior to interment.

 

The fees for Traditional Burials are displayed in our General Price List


Ready to Plan a Burial Service?

Whatever your preferences on burial services, our knowledgeable staff can help craft a service that reflects families’ funeral and burial service wishes.

 

Visit our funeral home or contact us to learn more about burial services.

 

 

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