Our ideas about funerals come from many places: our geographic location, the culture and society we live in, our faith, and our life experience. Funeral services in Borneo look very different from those held in Tanzania, and there are even significant differences between the funerals held in ethnically and/or geographically diverse regions of North America.
Despite these differences, funeral services have much in common. As you weigh which type of service is right for you, keep in mind that these choices are extremely personal and situational. What is most important is that you and your loved ones feel you are doing the right thing for the deceased, and that the service becomes a meaningful ceremony that offers closure to those who are grieving.
A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (such as a memorial service or celebration of life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual, and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during a difficult time.
Traditional funeral services include:
If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, please contact us.
At Walton’s, we care for your loved ones during the cremation process as if they were our own. We promise each family the following services:
We offer three cremation options that can be modified to meet your needs:
Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service does not involve a casket display (although the urn with the cremated remains may be present). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.
A memorial service can be held in a church, funeral home, community hall, or a place of importance to the deceased and their family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration of life.
Our experience has shown us that many of today’s families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.
If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:
Today, many families want a service to celebrate the life of the person they lost. A celebration of life service is just that — you can design a celebration of life that is as unique as the life of your loved one, and we are here to help you do it.
We always enjoy working together with families in planning a celebration of life for their loved ones. While it can be challenging to plan an event that both pays tribute to and celebrates the life of a complex individual, it’s also one of the most rewarding things any of us can do for someone we’ve lost.
Celebrations of life are not burdened by social expectations. They can be anything you want them to be. However, while some families or individuals may simply want everyone to get together and have a party, it’s also important to keep in mind what your the emotional needs of your guests are. It may be best to combine the celebration with some of the more familiar goodbye rituals found in traditional services.
The celebrations we plan with families should be shaped as much by their own emotional and spiritual needs as their desire to celebrate the life lived. Think about who will be at the service, and what they’re likely to want or need. Then, find ways to incorporate the unique lifestyle and personality characteristics of your loved one, add live music or refreshments, and you’re well on your way to a remarkable celebration of life.
Celebrations of life are intended to lift everyone’s spirits by focusing on positive memories. If you’d like to learn more about celebrations of life, read our 9 Steps to Planning a Celebration of Life. Our experience in arranging and hosting celebrations of life will guide you in the process of planning your own.
We believe the story of every veteran’s life deserves to be shared. We are deeply committed to providing families with exceptional veterans services and can assist you in securing military burial benefits. When it comes time for you to make arrangements for the veteran in your life, know that our staff is both qualified and committed to providing them with the military honors they deserve.
When arranging for veterans’ burial services, you can rely on us to complete all the necessary paperwork involved in obtaining the military death and burial benefits that are available. These can include:
Call us to learn how we can work together to pay tribute to your veteran.
Rostad, Curtis, “The Basics of Funeral Service,” Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014.