Funerals serve an important purpose: they allow us to recognize a life that was lived and acknowledge that the life has come to an end. Funerals exist for the living, for survivors who suffer the loss of a loved one.
There is no single proper funeral service. We understand that every family is different. Influences such as religious and cultural traditions, cost concerns and personal preferences make each funeral as unique as the person who is being honored.
This section of our web site provides an overview of the different types of services that we provide. It is the goal of Stevens Mortuary to help people celebrate the life of their loved one who has died and to provide a setting that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. Our funeral directors will discuss the many options and details that make each of our services a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.
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 at the funeral home, in the church, or facility of choice. This would be followed by the graveside service and interment/ground burial or above ground entombment of the casketed remains. Most cemeteries require an outer burial container be used to encase the casket when buried, to help prevent sinking of earth covering the grave. The outer container may or may not be designed to seal. An outer container designed to seal is referred to as a vault. Neither is required for entombment.
Graveside Service Only
The Graveside Service typically will include everything listed above for traditional service with the exclusion of a service in our mortuary, church, or other location.
At Stevens Mortuary, we encourage families to create very personalized services. Families may bring photos and personal items to display during the visitation. Using your family photos, we can create a video tribute about the life of your loved one.
Overview of Cremation
Each year, we see an increase in the number of families who chose cremation. Their reasons for choosing cremation are varied. While cost may be a consideration, it is no longer the number one reason.
With cremation, the options for services are many…from Direct Cremation (no services) to a full Traditional Service or anything in-between. Services can be elaborate or simple, traditional or nontraditional. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning.
Some examples of choices are:
The body may be present for viewing. The family can receive friends and have a service in our chapel, their church, or location of their choice. Caskets are available that are designed for cremation or you may use a rental casket. The body would be cremated after the service.
- After the body has been cremated, the remains are referred to as cremains.
- The facility where the body is cremated, is referred to as the crematory.
Some choose to have a Memorial Service – with or without the cremains present. With this choice, the family can delay the service, if desired, to a more convenient time or have the service right away. Again, with this choice, the service may be held at the mortuary or location of their choice.
Options for disposition of cremains may include scattering, ground burial, and above ground columbarium niche. Cremains may also be kept by a loved one. After the body is cremated, the crematory delivers the cremains to the mortuary. They are in a plastic bag, sealed in a cardboard box. They may be kept indefinitely like this, or you may want to purchase an urn.
- For ground burial, most cemeteries require a rigid container (urn or equivalent) and/or an urn vault.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Stevens Mortuary is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
- Arranging funeral plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Coordinating the music you have selected
- Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Arranging special requests such as dove release and balloon release
- Arranging for military honors for veterans
- Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
You may want to consider pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored. If you have any questions about these services, or need more information, please feel free to give us a call. We're here to help you every step of the way. As always, there is no obligation.