Walters Funeral Directors Inc.






Types of Funeral Services

The type of funeral service chosen can depend on the ethnic, cultural, and/or religious customs of the deceased and their family. It is also important to consider the personal preferences of the deceased and the family in order to determine the most meaningful and beneficial way to commemorate the life of the loved one. The most common methods for disposition of the deceased are burial and cremation, and there are several types of services to choose from to accommodate either option.

For Burial:

Traditional Funeral Service

For a traditional funeral service, the deceased is present and available for viewing at the family's discretion. Traditional funeral services are usually held at our funeral home chapel or in the chapel of a church of the family's choosing. Visitation (a time for family, friends and the community to pay their respects to the deceased, and to allow people to extend their sympathy and support to the surviving family members) can be scheduled for the day before the service or on the day of the service, depending on the family's preference, but is not required. The funeral service will be conducted as arranged between the family, the funeral director and the chosen officiant. At the conclusion of the funeral service there is usually a procession to the cemetery and a brief committal service where final prayers and/or other rites are conducted at the grave site.

Graveside Service

For a graveside service, the deceased is present and available for viewing at the family's discretion. Graveside services are held at the cemetery of the family's choosing. Visitation can be scheduled for the day before the service or on the day of the service, depending on the family's preference, but is not required. The funeral service will be conducted as arranged between the family, the funeral director and the chosen officiant. As a part of the graveside service the committal service is also performed, which may include final prayers and/or other rites.

Direct Burial

With a direct burial, there will be no visitation and no services arranged. The deceased is transported to the chosen cemetery and burial takes place.

For Cremation:

Cremation with Traditional Funeral Service

Cremation is a form of disposition and does not restrict families from requesting a traditional funeral service for their loved one. The deceased is present and available for viewing at the family's discretion. The funeral service can take place at the funeral home or at a church, and visitation may or may not be included. After the funeral service is concluded, arrangements for cremation will be scheduled. The deceased will be transported to the crematory, and once cremation has taken place, the remains will be transported back to the funeral home and returned to the family. The family will be responsible for deciding the final disposition of the remains.

Cremation with Memorial Service

A memorial service is conducted without the body of the deceased present. The service can be conducted before or after the cremation takes place and with or without the cremated remains present. Without the body present, visitation is unnecessary, but the memorial service can still be held at the funeral home or at a church. The memorial service will be conducted as arranged between the family, the funeral director and the chosen officiant. Once the service and the cremation process is concluded, the remains are returned to the family. The family will be responsible for deciding the final disposition of the remains.

Direct Cremation

With a direct cremation, there will be no visitation and no services arranged. The deceased is transported to the crematory, and once cremation has taken place, the remains will be transported back to the funeral home and returned to the family. The family will be responsible for deciding the final disposition of the remains.

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