After the passing of a loved one, you'll be faced with several decisions, including the type of funeral service to hold. While there are many options for memorial services and religious ceremonies, a traditional funeral is the most common type. Because they are so widely used, traditional funeral services may be the best choice for your grieving family.
What Does a Traditional Funeral Service Consist Of?
A traditional funeral service consists of a wake or viewing, followed by a service held in a funeral home or place of worship. Your loved one is then laid to rest in the cemetery of your choice. This type of funeral service offers opportunities for family members to bid farewell to the deceased and for the deceased to be remembered and honored.
There are several reasons to opt for a traditional service along these lines. First, this is a socially accepted format for a funeral, which will help prevent objections from conservative family members during this emotional time. Thanks to the familiar structure, a traditional funeral can also be comforting to those mourning the deceased, providing stability and opportunities for closure. Finally, there is room within a traditional funeral service for religious involvement and personalization with the deceased in mind.
A traditional funeral does have some drawbacks. Some find the format less personal than other types of memorial services and would prefer more flexible arrangements to fit the personality of the deceased. In other cases, funeral costs for a traditional service can be a burden, and more inexpensive options such as cremation are preferred.
If you're unsure which type of funeral service to choose, your funeral director will help you reach a decision which fits your circumstances. Contact your funeral home today to discuss options for your loved one.
Leo M. Bean And Sons Funeral Home has served the Rochester, NY, community for over 40 years, providing funeral service arrangements and accommodations to families in their time of grief. If you have recently lost a loved one, they’re here to help. Call the funeral home at (585) 426-7830 to speak to a funeral director, or contact them online for any questions or requests.