When planning a funeral for a loved one or making prearranged funeral arrangements, there are a lot of decisions to make. If you haven’t attended many funeral services or planned one before, you may not know where to start. Here are a few core parts of the funeral to begin thinking about and planning.
A Guide to Funeral Services
A eulogy is a speech presented to honor the deceased. It may include a brief summary of the person’s life history; thoughtful details about what kind of person they were; fond memories; quotations from songs, books, poems, or religious writings; and other special touches that reflect their unique personality. Many people have more than one person deliver a eulogy because hearing from multiple family members, friends, work colleagues, and others, provides different perspectives about the deceased.
Held at the graveside—or, if the deceased was cremated, at the cremation chapel—a committal service is a brief ritual in which close family members and friends say goodbye to their loved one for the last time. This service is often, but not always, a religious ceremony featuring prayers for the soul of the deceased and comfort of those left behind. For funeral services honoring veterans, military honors may be presented as part of the service.
Funeral services often conclude with a reception at a home of a friend or family member, place of worship, or restaurant or banquet facility. This part of the service gives the mourners a chance to share a meal, reminisce about the deceased, and tell their favorite stories about their loved one. Because funerals often bring together people who don’t see each other on a regular basis, the reception offers an opportunity for them to reconnect.
When you need help planning a funeral, contact Belmont Funeral Home in New London County, CT. Serving the area for over 65 years, their team assists their clients in a compassionate way. Call (860) 537-2900 to speak to a member of their team, or visit their website to learn more about their funeral services.