The term “traditional service” is often used to describe funeral services of various types that do not involve cremation. Most people in our area prefer some type of traditional service or disposition.
A service, religious or non-religious in nature, is often held at the funeral home or church. Prior to services, there is usually a visitation period where the family can gather and receive friends. The casket can be opened or closed, depending on the wishes of the deceased and the family. Following the service, there is usually a procession to the cemetery where burial or entombment take place.
Another option is a “graveside service”. This is a simple burial service held at the cemetery without a visitation period preceding it.
Whatever your preferences are, our staff is committed to carefully listening to understand your needs, and then customizing a service to meet those needs. We will help you to create a service which is meaningful and appropriate. Keep in mind a “traditional service” does not have to be “traditional”.
Cremation services are as unique and personal as the person you are honoring. Our staff provides many different services which are innovative and personal. We have many Cremation Options available, including urns, keepsake jewelry and Finger Print Jewelry. Offering families the opportunity to arrange and choose services specially designed for them will help create a more meaningful tribute.
Visitation or Gathering
Visitations play an important role in the healing process. It provides a time for family and friends to gather, share memories and to show their support for one another. The ceremonial container or memorial urn may be present with memorabilia items and pictures displayed. Visitations can be facilitated at the funeral home or personal residence and usually precede some type of service.
A memorial service is held when the family does not desire to have a traditional service. When this option is selected, the casketed remains are not present. If you choose, the cremated remains may be present in the memorial urn of your choice, which can be personalized if desired. Memorial services may be held at a church, the funeral home or other setting of your choice.
This option is available to families who do not want a memorial service or visitation. After the completion of the necessary authorizations, the cremation is performed and the cremated remains are returned to the family. You may select a memorial urn in which to place the cremated remains for your retention, scattering or burial.
Families who choose cremation have the option of selecting a memorial urn in which the cremated remains would be placed. Chipman Funeral Home offers a variety of memorial urns, most of which can be inscribed with personal text such as names and dates, a favorite picture or hobby or a custom design. For a more personal touch, keepsake jewelry and keepsake urns are available if you wish to keep a small portion of cremated remains with you at all times.
Ceremonial / Alternative Containers
Ceremonial containers are designed to be suitable in appearance for visitation and service. They are constructed of environmentally friendly materials which make them also suitable for the cremation process or, if you prefer, a rental casket can be utilized.
Alternative containers are used when a visitation or service will not take place prior to the cremation. They are simple, inexpensive containers that provide an enclosure for the remains throughout the cremation process.
The final disposition of the cremated remains can take place several ways. Burial in a family plot or placing the memorial urn in a niche is most common. You may also wish to scatter the cremated remains. A complete scattering is possible or a partial scattering is an alternative. If partial scattering is chosen a portion of the cremated remains would be retained by the family.