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Elements of a Traditional Funeral Service
Wake or Visitation
This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.
A traditional funeral service 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.
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If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (585) 436-7730 to begin.
Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014