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Regardless of which direction you choose, some sort of service is expected from family and friends of the deceased. Dennings Funeral Home is here to help create a unique and memorable service that people will remember fondly for years to come. This section contains useful information about what to do when death occurs, writing an obituary and funeral etiquette.
No matter if a death is sudden, or if it something that was a long time coming, the loss of a loved one makes us feel emotional and overwhelmed. No amount of preparation can fully prepare you for the loss of a loved one. When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering.
Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship. The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not. You have the option of having the remains interred (earth burial), or it may be entombed in a crypt inside a mausoleum (above ground burial).
Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died. The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory, where, through intense heat, is reduced to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble coarse sand.
Giving a meaningful, moving eulogy can be a nerve-wracking situation for even the most accomplished public speaker, but it need not be. How can you summarize somebody’s life in a few short minutes, while being both somber and funny at the same time?
Like everything in society, funeral etiquette, and what is expected of you, has evolved over time. As always common sense, and good discretion, is the best guide to proper funeral etiquette. Here are a few "do’s" and "dont's" of funeral etiquette.