A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on a life that has been lived, and to honor the memory of that life for family and friends. Funerals also provide a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. However, there is no single proper funeral service. At Platts, our intention is to work with you and your family to help make every service personal and meaningful.
We will guide you through the wide range of decisions that have to be made. Those decisions include choosing a casket, a vault and or an urn, the type of service and who will preside, and a method for people to express their sympathy, such as flowers or donations to the deceased's favorite charities.
Memorial & Funeral Service
Generally, a gathering is held in a funeral home or a place of worship. A gathering with the body present is a funeral service. If the body is not present, the gathering is referred to as a memorial service. Whether you choose to bury, cremate or place the deceased in an above ground vault, you may arrange either a memorial or funeral service.
It is often customary to have a period of visitation or a reception at the funeral home. During this time the casket may be open or closed, according to the family's preferences. Some families opt to receive friends at their home or other location.
A graveside service permits family and friends to gather at the time of burial with their clergy right at the cemetery. This service is offered for families that do not want or need a formal wake, viewing, or funeral. A graveside service can be a warm and informal way for friends and loved ones to honor the departed.