Planning a funeral service can be a very difficult process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.
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When a loved one dies, the ceremonies of bereavement are in place to demonstrate to us that the community shares our loss.
There are different burial services designed to meet your individual needs and preferences.
- Immediate burial means your loved one is buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
- Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather, with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket, to say goodbye, and to extend sympathy and support to you.
- Funeral or memorial services celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. This can be held at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home.
- We can personalize both the visitation and the funeral service to reflect the personality of your loved one.
- Graveside, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, and family and friends are present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition.
Cremation Specialty Services
In the words of Bill Hoy, “These ceremonies remind us all of the ancient notion that when someone dies, it is important to stop what we are doing, turn aside, and note the fact that our hearts are heavy, our support for each other is unwavering, and our loved one's life is worth remembering.”
The purpose of every element of a funeral tradition is to provide transformative experiences that move us toward healing, and that is our biggest objective for you.
Sometimes a family chooses cremation because their loved one wanted to “keep it simple.” In turn, the family may think that choice means they must handle the rest of the ceremony themselves, without some of the customary funeral arrangements and details.
Almost daily, people are surprised to learn just how many options are available with cremation. Simply put, choosing cremation doesn’t mean you give up the benefits of other funeral traditions.
In fact, cremation ceremonies have helped both funeral directors and the families they serve to leave behind the idea of a “right” way to do funerals, and opened us up to new opportunities to create meaningful and personal ceremonies for you.
And we can still “keep it simple” while including such details as flowers, words spoken by a celebrant and participants, a guest book, and a follow-up gathering or luncheon.
If you choose cremation, we’ll discuss your ceremony options in detail, to meet your needs.
After the cremation and memorial services, you have choices for your loved one's final disposition.
- Interment means you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our cremation specialists for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
- Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial. Loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains, and honor the deceased through prayers or other meaningful tributes.
- Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other chosen site. You may choose to scatter some of the cremated remains, and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
- Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
Green Burial Services
Whitaker Funeral Home offers a green burial option, so you can honor your loved one’s life while reducing their environmental impact. Please ask us for details about this option.
Whitaker Funeral Home
Phone: (803) 276-5000 | Fax: (803) 276-5002
1704 College St, Newberry, SC 29108
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