A funeral 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 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 service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
It is the goal of Exquisite Family Mortuary to help people complete the relationship with the one who has passed on and to provide 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
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 casketed remains. 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 restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.
Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat. Direct cremation is by far the least expensive choice. The deceased is transported directly from the place of death to the funeral home. The body may or may not be cleaned and sanitized. Specifically, direct cremation does not involve embalming. Therefore, the family is generally unable to view the body prior to the cremation process. Of course, a memorial service can be held before or after the cremation process, with or without remains present.
Cremation with Service (Cremation Service)
Cremation with Service is another type of selected offering. This service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. Cremation with Service involves embalming the body. This allows the family to view the body in a funeral service prior to the cremation process if desired. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or even a rental casket may be used. 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. Urns are 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.
Cremation with Memorial Service
The Cremation with Memorial Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of your loved one, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where your loved one (the decease) is not present. We recommend that if you select the Cremation with Memorial option that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view your loved one as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after death has occured then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of your loved one 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 of a loss due to a death.
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.
At Exquisite Family Mortuary, 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.
Whether you need to arrange to move a deceased family member across the United States, or return a loved one back to their country of origin to their final resting place; the issue of transporting a body is an added dilemma to making funeral arrangements. At Exquisite Family Mortuary we desire to take the stress off of you so as to make the process easier. We will coordinate everything on your behalf, and with our knowledge, contacts and expertise, can guarantee you the safe and dignified transportation of your loved one at a fair price. The standard fee for funeral shipping services includes the collection and removal of the deceased, embalming, filing of documents, a combination-shipping unit and delivery to the departure airport.
To obtain a price guarantee, you can enter into a "pre-need arrangement" with Exquisite Family Mortuary. Your funeral plan will be the basis for the pre-need contract which will specify the services and merchandise being purchased. You can contract in advance for some or all of your funeral goods and services.