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Funeral Services

Planning a funeral service can be a very difficult process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.

Burial Services

Burial services are a type of funeral service that involves interring the body of a deceased person in the ground. This is opposed to other funeral services, such as cremation, where the body is incinerated.

 

There are many reasons why people choose burial over cremation or other options. For some, it is simply a matter of preference. Others believe that burial is a more respectful way to handle the remains of a loved one.

 

Still, others believe that burial is a way to ensure that the deceased person's soul has a resting place. In many cultures, it is believed that the soul cannot rest if the body is not buried.

 

Whatever the reason, burial services are an important part of many people's funeral plans. If you consider burial for your loved one, it is important to understand all that goes into this type of service.

 

There are different services that you can choose for a loved one’s burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:

  • Immediate burial means that your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering. This type of burial is usually chosen for religious reasons or when the family desires a more private send-off.
  • Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket and say goodbye or offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
  • Funeral or memorial services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. For more information, visit our page on personalization.
  • Graveside, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial. This type of service is generally less formal than a traditional funeral service.

 

When choosing burial services for your loved one, there are many factors to consider. The type of service you choose will depend on your budget, the size of your gathering, and your family's religious beliefs.

Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life. After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

  • Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
  • Graveside service for burial of ashes is similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
  • Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.



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Mulford Chapel | (815) 226-2273
1860 S Mulford Rd Rockford, IL 61108

 


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Riverside Chapel | (815) 654-2484
3910 N Rockton Ave Rockford, IL 61103


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