3 Different Types of Funeral Services and How to Plan Them

Monday, September 6, 2021

Are you arranging a funeral for yourself or a loved one? Even if you hire a funeral planner, you have responsibilities. You have to choose between various types of funeral services, locations, guest lists, and so much more.

While it may seem unusual, planning a funeral isn't much different from planning a party. Remember, funerals are for the living. You're celebrating the life of a loved one (or setting up a celebration for yourself if you're planning ahead).

We're here to help you get started. Keep reading to learn how to plan several types of funerals.

1. A Traditional Funeral Service

Traditional funerals are what most people are already familiar with. These funerals vary depending on religious background and culture.

Most of the time, traditional funerals start in a church or funeral home (though you can also have a funeral anywhere as long as you get permission from the property owners). The funeral continues at the gravesite if there will be a burial. 

You have to decide whether or not you want a viewing. During a viewing, the deceased will have an open coffin. They'll look as if they're sleeping, but some people are uncomfortable with this idea. 

Some people choose to have a religious figure run the funeral. They may sing hymns. You'll have to arrange decoration options with the funeral site. 

You'll need to designate someone to give a eulogy, though other people may also want to share their words and feelings. 

2. Spreading Ashes

More and more people are choosing to spread ashes as an alternative to traditional burials (though some people do both). When a loved one chooses cremation options, you may want to release their ashes somewhere that they'd enjoy. 

During this type of funeral, you'll be in a more relaxed environment. You'll have a smaller guest list. Someone may still give a eulogy, but everyone can speak about the deceased. 

Many people choose to sing songs and reminisce during these funerals. Afterward, you'll toss the ashes. It's popular to throw ashes into bodies of water. Make sure you take note of any regulations before you scatter ashes. 

3. A Celebration of Life 

If you're interested in a positive funeral experience, consider a celebration of life instead. While this is still a sad experience, celebrations of life are all about remembering the good times instead of wallowing in grief. Wouldn't your loved one want you to be happy? 

Celebrations of life tend to happen in non-church environments. Again, make sure that you get permission from a property owner before choosing a place for your celebration. 

You want to provide food, allow people to speak, and even sing songs and play music. You're not celebrating a passing, you're celebrating a full life.

Choose Between These Types of Funeral Services

Funeral services range from traditional to festive. Which of these types of funeral services is right for you or your loved one? Whether you want a traditional burial with a viewing, a celebration of life, or a scattering of ashes, you have a lot to plan!

We want to help you. At Schumacher and Benner, we can help you plan a funeral and provide you with options for headstones, cremation, and more. Check out our services to start planning today. 

Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory is the only private on-site crematory in Pottstown, PA. That is why we can truly say, your loved one never leaves our care. Our funeral directors are crematory technicians certified by the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to help insure the highest standards.  

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