Here at the Eagleson Funeral Home we offer several types of funeral services. Before you select a service it might help to think about why we have funerals, as the hardest thing you’ll ever do is say goodbye to someone you love. It will be a tremendous change for you and your family. Taking some time now to think about how to say goodbye can make a tremendous difference when the time comes.
A funeral is an important opportunity to pay tribute to someone you have loved. Regardless of your traditions, it’s a time for relatives and friends to gather, to share memories, to tell stories – to cry and to support one another. It’s often been said that funerals are for the living. That’s why it is important to say goodbye in a way that’s comfortable for you.
Funerals today are more personal – they don’t have to be oppressive formal affairs, with standard music and a complete stranger conducting the service. Far from it. A funeral can and should be a celebration of life.
Before choosing a funeral service, take into consideration the needs of each individual family member and the many options available to your family. It may help family members to have a viewing type of funeral service, so as to begin the healing process. The body present services as a focal point for mourners and helps them acknowledge the reality of death.
If there are any questions that need to be addressed please feel free to contact us.
Traditional Funeral Service
The Traditional Funeral Service is when your loved one is present. The night before the funeral there would be visitation generally in the evening with the casket open. The service itself is normally the following day, either in the chapel of the funeral home, in a church, or in a location chosen by the family. A funeral often consists of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon, and music. After the funeral there is a procession to the cemetery, which stands for a public honouring of the individual. A committal service may be held at the cemetary or place of service. There is usually a reception to follow at the reception centre of the Funeral Home, at the church, or at the family’s private home.
A Memorial Service is when the deceased is not present. It may take place at the funeral home, the family’s residence, an eldercare centre, a church, or even outdoors. This is a time to remember your loved one through fellowship with friends and family. The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. For example, having a traditional funeral service here and then a memorial service back in the deceased home town. A memorial service can be done after a burial or cremation, if this meets the need of the family.
The Committal Service is a brief service at the gravesite after a traditional funeral service but prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final good byes at the resting place by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket. We offer a traditional funeral service followed by cremation. Cremation is a form of disposition. It does not restrict you from have a visitation with and open casket and a funeral service the following day. It is even possible to have a procession to the cemetery for a committal service.
Direct Cremation is when there is no funeral ceremony. The deceased is placed in the care of the funeral home until the proper paperwork has been completed, and the necessary permits are obtained. Then the body is placed in a cremation container or casket and then transported to the crematorium. Following cremation, the remains are placed in a basic urn and are ready to be buried, placed in a niche, or taken home to be scattered. There is also a Direct Burial which dose not consist of a funeral service. Again the person is placed in the care of the funeral home until the proper paperwork is completed. Then the body is prepared and placed in a casket of the family’s choice. The casket is transported to the cemetery for burial.