Planning a Funeral Service
Every person is unique and their funeral service should reflect that. Whether you are planning a funeral service after cremation or before a burial, the purpose remains the same. The funeral service should honor the deceased and help those affected by the loss begin to heal. Planning a meaningful funeral service is the single most important step you can take toward healing after loss – for everyone involved.
Thomas Lynch, a Funeral Director and writer, said that “A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” And we couldn’t agree with him more.
If your family is in need of assistance planning a funeral service in Chambersburg, our staff are here for you. Below we have broken down different aspects of the arrangement process to help you better understand what’s involved.
As always, if you are unsure how to plan a funeral service, feel free to reach out and speak with a member of our staff – they will gladly assist you. We understand that this is a common challenge when planning a funeral, therefore we have outlined a brief funeral service planning guide for your benefit.
The Arrangement Conference
Following your initial call to the funeral home, your funeral director will schedule a time for you to drop by the funeral home and complete your arrangements. The arrangement conference is a time for you to ask questions, share stories about your loved one, and explore the many options available to you.
During this meeting, the funeral director will begin discussing how you want the deceased to be cared for. Regardless of the method of disposition (burial or cremation) you select, your family can still plan any type of memorialization service. A common misconception is that if a loved one is cremated you cannot hold a funeral service after cremation. This could not be further from the truth. Although many funeral services will have the deceased’s body present, your family can still hold a funeral service with or without the cremated remains there.
The arrangement conference is also when you can add your personal touches to the service. From musical selections to flowers, funeral merchandise and much more, the choice is all yours. Your funeral director will answer any questions you may have during the meeting and help you make educated and informed decisions.
The first decision involves selecting the perfect location for your loved one’s funeral service. You can choose to hold your ceremony in our beautiful chapel or you can choose to hold it elsewhere. Just let us know what you think would be best for all concerned.
Next, you may wish to inform your wider circle of family and friends of the event location, date, and time. We will help you spread the word, through our print and online channels to bring your community together to commemorate your loved one’s life.
When Choosing Burial
If you’ve chosen to have your loved one buried, you may wish to have the casket present at the service. In addition, many people choose to hold a viewing prior to the service. Whatever you decide, we will work with you to ensure that you have every opportunity to bring family and friends together to say a final goodbye before the burial. For more information on our burial services, click here.
About Cremation and Ceremony
Many families think that when they choose cremation, there is no way they can hold or plan a fuenral service, funeral, or remembrance service.
This is simply not true. In fact, we strongly recommend that you hold a funeral service to help you and your loved ones in the healing process.
There are new options available to you which make it easier to bring cremation and ceremony together. We can provide you with a rental casket for your loved one, so that family members and friends can benefit from attending a visitation and a funeral prior to the cremation.
Today many families wish to have a funeral reception following the service, and this is something we would be pleased to arrange for you. It can be a small, intimate gathering, or a larger, community-wide event. Please contact us to learn about all of the ceremonial and reception options available to you
What Comes Next in Planning a Funeral Service?
In short, what comes next involves coming together with family and friends to discuss their needs and desires and to actually plan the funeral service. Before you begin planning a funeral service, you should first confirm whether or not your loved one had completed funeral prearrangements. Regardless of whether or not they had planned a funeral service with us or another funeral home, you should first locate those plans.
When you come to our funeral home for the arrangement meeting, please bring any documents the deceased had completed outlining their wishes for their funeral service. This will help make the arrangement process easier and ensure their final wishes are fulfilled. If no such documents were completed, we ask that you speak with family and friends of the deceased to begin brainstorming what you would like to include in the service. Doing so will help you have a better idea of what you need to make the service meaningful as we honor the deceased’s life.
As always, if you need further assistance or want to begin planning a funeral service in Chambersburg, please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of our staff will gladly speak with you and provide guidance, going through each detail of our funeral service planning guide.