Simply understanding some critical differences in types of services can help you identify what you want to have for your loved one. A brief overview of some choices follows:
- Funeral Services: Most often held within days to weeks of a death, this service offers an opportunity for remembrance and tribute. The chance to “say goodbye” so soon after a death is thought to be very healthy for the grieving process.
- Memorial Services: As this service is generally held without the deceased's body present, the event's timing may be much more extended from the date of death if needed. Cremated ashes (if applicable) may or may not be present for this service.
- Viewing/Visitation Services: These are often held in conjunction with funeral services. However, it’s available for families to receive the support and comfort of friends in connection with other types of services. If a viewing is held, the prepared body is usually displayed within a casket for loved ones to pay their final respects.
- Graveside or Chapel Services: Usually, this service is held at the place of burial. Often this is scheduled just before the final interment.
- Cremation Services: This process prepares final remains for burial, scattering, or other placement as desired. The reduction of the deceased body to tiny ashen particles occurs through careful protocols that are respectful and individually performed. Preparing the final remains through incineration is gaining popularity in many areas.
Remember that the services above can be combined together as desired. This includes the services for funeral and cremation in Negaunee, MI which can be held for the same person.
You Choose the Products You Need
When it comes to necessary products for the final disposition of your loved one, you will be asked to select those that are required. Depending on how the remains are being prepared and the final resting place, the needs will vary. For an intact burial, a casket or burial shroud of some type will be needed. Many cemeteries also require a burial vault (also called a grave liner) for interment to take place in their grounds. Caskets are made from many types of materials, colors, and sizes.
If cremation is chosen, an urn will often be needed, even if only temporarily. If ashes are to be scattered, a temporary urn will often house the remains until the scattering ceremony is held. It is also possible to bury cremated remains. To do this, they will need to be sealed in a container that meets the specifications for the place of burial. Some families choose to place the remains in more permanent, displayable urns and keep them at their homes to feel their loved one is near.
Memories are often tied to objects, and sentimental mementos can bring comfort after the passing of a loved one. Keepsake jewelry is one such offering that may be ordered before your loved one’s remains are prepared for their final disposition. Keepsake jewelry might include a cast of a fingerprint or may have a small portion of their ashes built into the accessory.
A Few Things to Know About Green Burial
For the eco-conscious consumer, green burial is an important consideration. Not all cemeteries support more natural burial procedures. This is especially true if the cemetery requires burial vaults that are typically made from long-lasting materials such as concrete. There are certified green burial sites throughout the country that have stipulations for interment to take place.
Contact Us to Make Arrangements
As you face the decisions around funeral and cremation in Negaunee, MI, we invite you to contact us at Canale & Pennock Funeral Service. With easy access for your needs, we are located at 123 W Barnum St, Ishpeming, MI 49849. We can be reached at (906) 485-1500 for appointments or to arrange for immediate care.