The traditional funeral service provided services with the body present. This incorporates a visitation when family and friends pay their final respects, say prayers and to share stories and memories about the deceased. This portion of the service is usually in the afternoon and/or evening with an open and/ or closed casket specified by the family. The following visitation or the next day, a service is held either at the funeral home, a church or location of the families' choosing. The service may consist of prayers, scripture readings, eulogy, sennon and music.following the service, the pallbearers carry the casket to the waiting vehicle and then a procession to the cemetery. At the cemetery there is a final committal service for the beloved before placement of the remains in a grave ort crypt. As an alternative to the cemetery, the body may be transferred to a crematorium. If cremation is chosen, the cremated remains may be buried in a cemetery, placed in a niche in a columbarium or returned to the family. There may be a reception that follows the ceremony at the family's home or a location of their choosing.
Memorial Services are very similar to traditional funeral services with one distinct difference, the body of the deceased is not present. The family may receive friends and relates at the funeral home or church called a family gathering. Customarily, photos and memorabilia will be placed throughout the room to trigger memories and experiences that can be shared among the attendees. The family gathering is usually concluded with a religious ceremony, prayers or nonsectarian ritual of closure called a "Celebration of Life." The body may have been buried privately, cremated to donated to science.
Families choosing to donate the body of their loved ones to science or a medical school must prearrange the donation prior to the actual death. Most medical schools provide transportation services of the remains to their facility and procurement of the death certificate. Some however, require the survivors to arrange and pay for this service. Remains of the body are then cremated and can be returned to the funeral home or family, usually taking 18 and 24 months. Most medical schools retain the right not to accept the body at the time of death, at their discretion, even with prearrangements.
Regardless of the type of services you request, Boyer & Cool provides services of a funeral director and staff which includes, initial conference with family or responsible party, preparation and filing of necessary authorizations and permits, recording of vital statistics, staff assistance prior to, during and following the funeral. Coordination with those providing other portions of the funeral (cemetery, crematory and others). The transfer of deceased to funeral home (25-mile radius), embalming and other preparations. Use of the facility for visitation and funeral services/rites, ceremony or services in other facilities, online obituaries, committal or other disposition services.