Types of Funerals
by Funeral Home Resource Team
There are many types of funerals and funeral services including traditional full-service funerals, direct burials and direct cremations. Every family and individual is different and what is right for you may not be for others.
With a traditional funeral, a visitation period or viewing period is set, and then a formal funeral service is completed. Using a hearse for the remains to be transported as well as a family car are generally included for additional costs, and burial, cremation or entombment completes the service. The advantage of choosing a traditional funeral is that it's easiest to arrange, as it follows a pattern that most people are familiar with. Just about any Funeral Home or Funeral Director will be able to assist you with traditional funeral planning. A traditional funeral makes many of your choices easier because there's established etiquette for the different stages of the ceremony. However, a traditional funeral is generally one of the most expensive kinds of funeral.
Direct burials involve the body being buried within a short time frame after death occurs, and is normally done in a very simple container. There is not a visitation or viewing involved, and the costs are much less than a full service traditional funeral due to this factor. The costs for a direct burial normally include the basic services fees, transportation of the body as well as a casket or container and a cemetery crypt or plot. When a family chooses to be present during the burial, the funeral home will normally assess an additional fee for graveside services.
Direct cremations include the body being cremated within a very short time after death occurs. Cremated remains (also referred to as cremains), are then placed inside an urn or container. There is normally no visitation or viewing for this type of funeral, but memorial services are common. There can be a memorial service with the urn present, or without as there is no difference in cost at the funeral home. Cremains can be kept at home or buried in a crypt or niche at cemeteries, or even scattered in approved areas. This service always costs less than a traditional funeral, and includes the basic services fees, transportation and care of the body as well as a crematory fee in most cases.
The type of funeral you choose is completely up to you and your family. Factors such as costs, religion and culture as well as traditions and personal preferences are all things that will affect your choice of final disposition.