Funeral and Memorial Services
Funeral arrangements often require many difficult decisions, and we are
committed to serving and guiding you through the process both before the
funeral, through pre-arrangement and consultation; when services occur;
and after services, through aftercare and grief support. We know that
the loss of a loved one is a lifelong change, and understand the
importance of making ourselves available to answer your questions and
help fulfill your needs.
A funeral service is a formal gathering at the funeral home or another location. One or several individuals that knew the deceased may speak at the funeral, whereas other families choose to have a favorite clergyperson or non-religious celebrant speak. The speaker may offer prayers or words of wisdom, as well as remarks on the deceased's life and character.
We are determined to provide each and every family the opportunity to create a unique, special memorial for their loved one while providing options that will fit each family's budget.
A memorial service is a special service that takes place without the body of the deceased present. Memorials are often held in a church, fraternal hall, or other location. A memorial service can take place just days after the death of a loved one, or even weeks or months, allowing the family to make time for distant relatives to travel or reserve space at a special venue of their choice. A memorial service can even become an annual event if the family chooses.
As cremation has increased in popularity, so has the idea of a memorial service. Often, a memorial service will take place after cremation has occurred. Sometimes the cremated remains will be present in an urn. However, memorial services are not exclusive to cremation - many families will hold a memorial service after burial has taken place. A memorial service can be held in conjunction with other services like a visitation and funeral, or it can be the only service held to honor the life of the deceased.
Viewings or Visitations
A public viewing or visitation provides an opportunity for the family of the deceased and his or her friends, relatives, and colleagues to come together. A traditional visitation is held at the funeral home. Friends and colleagues can pay their final respects to the deceased and offer condolences to the family. A viewing or visitation can also be private and limited to the deceased's immediate family.
If your family's personal preference is earth burial, there are many options for designing a personalized ceremony to remember your loved one. Usually ceremonies revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home. Regardless of the services you choose, you have many options for personalizing the service and ensuring that it truly reflects the unique life of your loved one.
If cremation is your preference, you may be surprised to learn that the opportunities for creating a unique tribute are just as numerous as they are with burial ceremonies. Cremations are performed at our Oak Hammock crematory facility, which operates exclusively to meet the needs of the families we serve at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home.
After cremation has taken place, families may choose to bury the urn or place it in another permanent resting place such as a mausoleum, columbarium, or church niche. A committal service can accompany the placement of cremated remains in a final resting place, and like a funeral service can include remarks offered by a clergyperson or other individual.