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There are many ways to customize a funeral service or gathering to reflect on the person being remembered and to allow those present to participate. We are well known in the funeral service for our flexible pricing and our innovative approaches to memorialization. We invite you to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations to discuss custom itemizing from our general price list, which is available for your retention.
When people think of traditional casketed funerals they assume that embalming is a requirement for this kind of service. Actually, embalming is only required if the family would like to have a public viewing or if it is a winter entombment. If a family selected a graveside funeral without a viewing then embalming would not be a requirement.
Farley-Sullivan provides traditional funeral services tailored to family wishes and needs. The following is a summary of services, from which a family usually selects from:
Visitation – Calling Hours – Wake
Depending on your religious beliefs, the time to meet in the evening or afternoon has become known by several names. Visitations allow families to set a time and place for relatives and friends to come together in an informal setting to express their grief and sympathy to the surviving family. Usually this takes place in the funeral home, but can also occur in a church or private home. The timing for this is usually in the evening to allow people who work to attend.
A funeral service is a tribute to a loved one with the remains present. This can take place in a church, private home, or the funeral home. Usually a clergy officiates. This service is a reflection of a life lived and is a starting point for a life without the loved one.
Graveside Funeral Service
This is a funeral service that is held by the grave in a cemetery. Some people like this kind of service where it is in the outdoors and may reflect the personality of the deceased. Tents are available if the weather looks inclement.
An immediate burial is selected when a family does not wish to have any form of tribute for their loved one. Burial occurs soon after the grave is prepared and usually there are no clergy or family present.
Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home provides cremation services tailored to family wishes and needs. There is a requirement by the crematory that an Authorization for Cremation needs to be signed by the family before a cremation can be completed.
Casketed Service of Remembrance
Many people do not realize that you can have an open casket viewing and funeral before cremation is to be completed. Embalming would be required to preserve the remains for a public visitation. Families have the option to select a rental casket for this type of service where the casket shell is reused every time and the interior is changed after each use. After services are completed the remains are taken to the crematory for the cremation itself.
This type of service is for families who would like to have the cremated remains present for a Memorial Service at one of our facilities, a church, a home, or a cemetery. During this time we have found that people enjoy pictures in a collage or a DVD presentation, which reflects memorable times during a person’s life.
Gathering of Remembrance
A gathering at one of our funeral homes is when you set a time and place to talk with family and friends about the loss of a loved one. This is a non-structured time, much like a visitation or wake in years past, that allows the community to talk and mourn a person’s loss.
This is our most basic form of cremation service. It is the handling of the cremation, without any formal public service.
Cremation Rules and Policies
When the type of disposition of human remains selected is cremation there are several requirements that need to be followed:
The remains cannot be cremated until 48 hours after the time of death
The following paperwork and permits need to be completed:
A copy of the death certificate
A permit for disposition
A Medical Examiner’s Authorization
A Cremation Authorization needs to be signed by the closest next of kin in the following order:
Son or Daughter
Brother or Sister
Self (if part of a prearranged plan)
Many people think that embalming is a state law or requirement. It is not. Embalming is a requirement by the funeral home if an open casket funeral or a delayed burial is required.