The term "Traditional Funeral Service" is often used to describe a funeral that is held in a church or funeral home where the deceased person is present. The traditional funeral is often followed by earth burial. A time of Visitation or Wake has generally occurred before the funeral.
Traditional Service - A traditional service for burial or cremation is often selected by local families. At White's Funeral Homes we believe in the traditional funeral, because it best serves the needs of our families and friends. The traditional funeral service may include the following:
Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
Professional support and administrative staff assistance
Use of visitation rooms - General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
Use of funeral coach
Memorial folders or prayer cards
The traditional funeral service can be a meaningful expression for the family. It also gives friends and associates an opportunity to offer their tributes in the way of flowers or memorials to churches or organizations. Generally, a member of the clergy or other person chosen by the family conducts the service of remembrance. We encourage our families to actively participate in helping plan this part of the service. Regularly family members take part by giving a reading, singing or assisting the clergy. There are no additional fees for arranging and conducting fraternal services.
A Memorial Service is very similar to a traditional funeral service, except the deceased is not present at the funeral. Families might choose this option when cremation, earth burial or entombment takes place prior to the funeral service or when services have taken place elsewhere and local people would like to gather to celebrate a life lived.
Graveside Services are designed for those families that choose earth burial with formal services held at the cemetery.
Satellite Arrangements are often completed by families that prefer to make arrangements locally before services take place in another area. When families contact us with their wishes we provide as much of the services locally as possible then work in conjunction with another service provider to ensure that their requests are fulfilled.
Visitation and Transfer Services are available to families that choose to have a viewing or wake before their loved one is transferred to another center. All transfers are completed by our staff unless air travel is determined to be more feasible.
Cremation is a method of disposition; it is considered the process of reducing the dead human body to natural elements by use of heat.
Earth Burial occurs when families choose to place a casketed body or urn into an earthly grave as the final resting place.
Earth Burial, Inurnment and Entombment provides families with a place to visit and memorialize should they wish to visit the grave or final resting place of a loved one.
Direct Burial is a service option available to families who choose not to have a service or gathering. The casketed body is interred in a cemetery or mausoleum as soon as possible without formal services.
Direct Cremation is a service option available to families who choose not to have a service or gathering. The deceased is cremated as soon as possible without formal services.
Direct Transfer Services are provided to families that choose not to hold local services and wish to have their loved one transferred to a facility out of the area.