Burial services offer flexibility in terms of venue choice, ranging from religious settings to cemeteries or woodland burial grounds. This guide provides an overview of what to expect at a burial service and covers the key aspects of planning such a funeral.
Preparation before the Funeral:
The funeral director will visit the family’s home with the hearse and any accompanying limousines to transport them to the chosen funeral venue. Alternatively, the family can opt to meet the funeral procession directly at the venue.
During the Service:
– Pallbearers will lift the coffin and proceed into the funeral venue.
– The family typically follows the coffin and takes their seats at the front.
– It is up to the family’s discretion whether guests should wait inside the venue or stand outside until the coffin enters.
– The funeral service will commence, often featuring readings, eulogies, and music chosen by the family.
After the Service:
– Family members may choose to form a line outside the venue to greet departing attendees.
– The hearse and funeral cortege will proceed to the cemetery.
– Pallbearers will carry the coffin to the graveside.
At the Graveside:
– Pallbearers will lower the coffin into the grave.
– The officiant may offer a few words and invite the family to place flowers or earth into the grave.
– Unless the family wishes to participate, the filling of the grave typically occurs after everyone has left the burial site.
A burial service provides an opportunity to bid farewell to a loved one in a venue of the family’s choosing. Understanding the sequence of events and key considerations can help ensure a respectful and meaningful farewell.