You have to consider many details during funeral planning, including elements of a graveside service. Whether it occurs at a burial site, mausoleum, or columbarium, it’s where family and friends will say their final goodbyes. If you’re unsure what to include, a funeral director explains a few common components.
Funeral Planning: 4 Elements of a Graveside Service
Conductor or Officiant
This role usually is reserved for a representative of the church or faith followed by the deceased. However, a conductor also can be a friend or family member. They will lead the funeral service proceedings, such as prayers, readings, and other rituals.
A eulogy is a speech that pays tribute to the deceased. It's presented by a friend, family member, or the officiant and shares stories and details about a loved one's life. Graveside services often are limited to one or two eulogies if seating isn’t available.
During funeral planning, you’ll consider options for floral arrangements to put on top of the casket or display next to the burial site. White lilies are a popular choice for funeral flowers because they represent spiritual rebirth. However, you could opt for your loved one’s favorite flowers or choose colors with special meanings. For instance, red represents love, white is a sign of innocence, and yellow is emblematic of friendship and loyalty.
Viewing or Visitation
To allow loved ones to say a private goodbye, consider holding a viewing or visitation before the graveside service. Viewings are similar to wakes, where the casket is left open. During a visitation, everyone is given a moment with the casket, which typically is closed.
A graveside service doesn’t have to follow a particular routine, and a trusted funeral home will work with you to create a fitting tribute to your loved one. Dunn Funeral Home in Bristol, CT, will explain your options and see to every detail. To arrange a consultation for funeral planning, call (860) 583-9219 or contact them online, where you will find information about their services and grief support.