A public visitation (regardless if the body, or if the cremated remains are present) provides an opportunity for the family, friends, relatives and colleagues to come together at a specified time and place to support the family by acknowledging the death and honor the life of the deceased. The viewing of the body is a separate matter. If the choice is to have the casketed body present for a public viewing during the visitation at the funeral home, then the body must first be embalmed. If the choice is to have the body privately viewed by the family, then in most instances the body does not need to be embalmed.
The term "funeral service" typically implies that the casketed body is present for the service. Funeral services can be conducted at the funeral home, a church, or any other location deemed appropriate by the family. A funeral service is a formal gathering officiated by a clergyperson or by any other person the family chooses. We will assist the family in organizing this event so that it embraces their needs.
The term "memorial service" typically implies that the body is not present. If the body has been cremated, the family may choose to have the cremated remains present for the memorial service, or not. We will assist the family in organizing this event so that it embraces their needs.
A committal service, also known as a graveside service, commonly follows the funeral, or memorial service. A committal service is conducted at the cemetery and too is officiated by either a clergyperson or some other person chosen by the family. Like funeral services and memorial services, a committal service may be a public event, or conducted privately.
Today the cremation rate in Minnesota exceeds 50%. Therefore we often serve families who chose cremation for the final disposition of their loved one's mortal remains. Glen and Mike each have the expertise to complete the cremation process. They are also experts at assisting families from all faiths with arrangements for funerals and memorial services. Cremation is a process which reduces the body to boney fragmentations by direct heat. The end result of cremation is not too different from the end result of an embalmed body encased in a casket & vault and then buried in a grave. In both cases the end result is boney fragmentations. In the crematorium this end result is realized after several hours. In the grave this end result is realized after decades.
Cremation can precede the memorial services, or it can follow the services. Thus, we offer many options to families. Some families chose to have the body embalmed and present for a visitation and funeral service. The body is then cremated .
Regardless of the services you choose, our staff has the expertise to offer all available options to you for personalizing the services, thus ensuring your expectations are truly realized. Also, our funeral home is designed specifically to host any of the services mentioned above, including a catered reception following the services if so desired by the family. Please contact us directly for further information, or to answer any questions you may have; we are always available to provide assistance.