If your family's personal preference is earth burial, there are many options for designing a personalized ceremony to remember your loved one. Below are just a few options you have:
Viewing or Visitation
A public viewing or visitation provides an opportunity for the family of the deceased and his/her friends, relatives and colleagues to come together. A visitation is often held at the funeral home, but can take place in a church or other location. Friends and colleagues may pay their final respects to the deceased and offer condolences to the family. A viewing or visitation may also be private and limited to the deceased's immediate family.
Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life service is a formal gathering at the funeral home or another location. One or several individuals that knew the deceased may speak at the Celebration of Life, whereas other families choose to have a favorite clergy person or non-religious celebrant speak. Speeches may offer prayers or words of wisdom, as well as remarks on the deceased's life and character. Greenlawn Funeral Home has 14 trained and certified celebrants on staff to help you and your family with your service needs.
A graveside service occurs at the place of committal. Often, a graveside service occurs directly after a funeral ceremony, but it may also be the only service held. Much like a funeral ceremony, a family member or other person may offer a few remarks.
A memorial service is similar to a funeral service except that the body is not present. A memorial service may take place shortly after burial occurs or at a later date.
Regardless of the services you choose, you may have options for personalizing the service and ensure that it truly reflects the unique life of your loved one.