5 Funeral Ceremony Types to Consider for Your Loved One

Monday, April 6, 2020

A funeral ceremony is not only an event organized in remembrance or honor of the deceased. Funerals are part of an important step in the grieving process for many families. The ceremony doesn't have to be a traditional burial service. 

You can personalize funeral services and chose from various types of funeral services to honor your loved one. 

Types of Funeral Ceremonies 

You have options for ceremonies and types of funerals aside from a traditional service after the passing of a loved one. 

Traditional funeral service 

This is one of the most common types of funeral ceremonies. During a traditional funeral service, the body is present for gatherers to pay their respects before burial. Unlike services such as a wake or viewing, a traditional funeral service is formal and often lead by a religious figure.

Committal service 
committal or graveside service may accompany a different funeral ceremony but can also be performed on its own. It is a brief ritual held by the graveside of a deceased loved one at the time of burial. Family members and close friends often bring flowers to throw into the grave as the casket is lowered down. 

This type of service is less formal and often a more intimate gathering attended by fewer people than other types of funeral services. 

Memorial Service 

memorial service may take place before or after the burial of a loved one; the body or remains are not present. It's a way for a community to honor the life of the deceased; A time to share pictures or videos, stories, and memories. A family member may be designated as the eulogist to deliver speeches. 

A memorial service can be organized with a funeral home or take place in one's own house. This type of service is informal and supports the need for closure and cathartic grieving. 



A viewing, which may also be called a wake or visitation, is an informal gathering of people to see the departed loved one. It is a time for family and friends to gather for condolence and support.

The viewing is often a part of a traditional open-casket funeral service, but this ceremony is less formal and can be performed on its own. 


Deciding the type of funeral service you want to hold for your loved one is not an easy decision. We can help you plan a beautiful life celebration and show you your options. 

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