Funeral planning can be a difficult process while grieving the loss of a loved one. But having a funeral provides those who are grieving a place to receive support, come to terms with their loss, say goodbye, and honor their loved one’s life. Being surrounded by family and friends lets everyone share stories and memories and creates a lasting support system as everyone begins their grief journey.
Depending on your personal preferences, there are several services to choose from for a loved one’s burial:
- For immediate burial, your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
- A visitation, also called a viewing, calling hours, or wake, lets everyone gather together in a room with your loved one in an open or closed casket to say goodbye and comfort the bereaved.
- Funeral or memorial services can be held at a funeral home, church, or even your home. The service is for celebrating and honoring your loved one’s life. Both the visitation and service can be personalized to your loved one’s passions.
- Graveside, chapel, or committal services take place at the cemetery. They let everyone be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final resting place through ground burial.
Many people don't realize that they can still have traditional services such as a public viewing, visitation, and funeral ceremony before the cremation takes place. After the cremation and services, there are several options for your loved one’s final disposition:
- Interment is when you bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, memorial site, cremation niche or urn garden, or other indoor and outdoor locations. Please reach out to our staff for a detailed list of interment options.
- Graveside cremation services are similar to traditional ground burials, as everyone is at the burial of the cremated remains and honor your loved one through other meaningful tributes.
- Scattering is when you spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, cemetery, over water, or another significant location. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
- By placing cremated remains in multiple urns, family members who live in different locations can each have their loved one's final resting place close to them.
Green Burial Services
If your loved one was passionate about the environment or enjoyed spending time outdoors, a green burial service may be the perfect way to honor their memory. It’s a meaningful way to pay tribute to their legacy while also being eco-friendly.
Our staff prides itself in offering a variety of green burial options. For more information about green burial services, please contact our staff.
Remote Funeral Attendance or Livestreaming
The Healy Chapel is proud to offer the ability to remotely attend all aspects of a funeral service (Visitation/Wake, Funeral/Memorial Service, Graveside Ceremonies) if a family chooses to.
When a life ends, friends and loved ones need a chance to cope, to grieve, to pay their respects and begin healing.
Funerals and memorial services hold an important place in the grieving and healing process, but these days people often find themselves unable to attend services due to distance, illness, or family and work commitments.
The Healy Chapel can provide a private internet link to the families which choose to use this service that they can forward to friends and family who are unable to attend funeral services in person. Through this link, they can view the services from anywhere with an internet or cellular signal, using their phone, tablet, or computer.
The services can be viewed live or at a later date and includes a guestbook for those viewing remotely to leave their thoughts, memories, and condolences.
We use discreet equipment, making it very unobtrusive for those attending the services in person.
Ask us for more information about how our Remote Funeral Attendance/Livestreaming works and how to arrange for it during funeral services.