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Celebrating Life: Your Funeral Services Guide January 20, 2017

Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Celebrating Life: Your Funeral Services Guide, Cincinnati, Ohio

Saying goodbye to a loved one can mean carrying out their specific wishes, such as a funeral with no viewing, or planning a memorial or graveside service without any guidance. Numerous funeral service options are available for celebrating the lives of lost loved ones, each providing the chance for friends and family to gather, remember, and bid farewell.

Review the types of funeral services to choose from before beginning the planning process, and remember each option is easily customized:

  • Funeral: funeral servicesFunerals are arguably the most well-known way to celebrate the life of a loved one. They can be formal or informal, and serve as a “goodbye” event before the loved one’s burial, which happens immediately after the funeral. The type of funeral held may depend on the family’s faith or culture.

  • Wake or Viewing: Wakes and viewings are traditionally held the night before the funeral. They feature either an open or closed casket and provide a way for the family to receive condolences from friends and others who knew the deceased.

  • Memorial Service: Memorial services can occur any time after the loved one’s passing. Unlike funerals, memorial services can be held weeks or even months after the person’s death and do not include the casket or urn. 

  • Graveside Service: Graveside services are held at the grave of the deceased as the loved one’s casket is committed to the ground. Usually only a few family members and friends attend, and these services happen either after or instead of a funeral service. Graveside services can include prayers and readings.

  • Additional Celebrations: Many other possibilities are available for saying goodbye to a loved one, such as gathering to spread ashes at a favorite location of the deceased. Charity events are sometimes held in honor of the loved one, with proceeds donated to the person’s favorite nonprofit.


Discuss funeral planning with the compassionate team at Renfro Funeral Services to determine the best way to honor your loved one. The family-owned and -operated funeral home has proudly served Cincinnati, OH, and the surrounding area since 1921 and provides a full suite of affordable funeral planning options and related services. Call Renfro Funeral Services at (513) 221-4812 or visit the website to learn more about funeral packages. Follow the funeral home on Twitter for more great tips.

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