Our funeral directors strive to provide quiet support to the family during a time of great emotional stress, and attend to all aspects of the funeral service in a professional and caring way. A funeral is a gathering of family and friends after the death of a loved one that allows them the opportunity to mourn, support each other and pay tribute to the life of the deceased. It often consists of one or more of the following components:
A formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial or cremation, a funeral service often provides a sense of closure to family and friends. Although your faith or culture may dictate some elements of a funeral service, you may want to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, a casket or urn is present, though you may choose to have the casket open or closed.
Visitation, Wake or Viewing
Held the night before or immediately prior to the funeral service, the visitation – also called a wake or a viewing – provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay respects and offer condolences to your family. As with the funeral service, you may want to decide if you want an open or closed casket should one be present.
Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial or tribute service, a casket or urn is usually not present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together in your memory and celebrate your life.
As its name implies, a graveside service may be held at the grave site just prior to burial of a casket or urn, and usually consists of final remarks, prayers or memories. The service may occur after or in place of a funeral service.
A variety of cremation options exists. Some families prefer traditional visiting hours at the funeral home, followed by a church or funeral home service prior to cremation. Other families choose to have a public or private memorial reception at the funeral home after cremation; or immediate cremation followed by a memorial or graveside service at a date that is convenient for the family or those traveling from a distance.
Direct Burial or Cremation
Our directors stand ready to help your family arrange for any type of funeral service. A direct burial or cremation is when there are no services before a burial or cremation take place. Should be there a need to place an obituary in the local newspaper, memorial cards as a keepsake for friends and family, or an urn to house cremated remains, our directors will guide your family through a meaningful memorialization. We can also arrange for a memorial service after burial or cremation take place. If desired this may give family and friends time to share and express their love while avoiding cost associated with a traditional funeral.
Faupel Funeral Home offers services and selections to arrange any of these services. We also stand ready to help you arrange any other type of service, to meet the requirements of your faith or your family traditions.
The following are specific services our Funeral Director will assist you with:
- The transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home
- Professional care of the deceased, which may include sanitary washing, embalming, dressing, hairdressing, cosmetology, and casketing
- An arrangement conference with the family to plan specific details for the funeral
- Locating the deceased’s doctor to sign a death certificate; then filing this certificate; obtaining the requested amount of certified death certificates for the family
- Obtaining all necessary permits and authorizations, as required
- Preparing an obituary to be placed in any newspapers requested by the family
- Contacting local cemeteries as required
- Care and arrangement of floral pieces, and delivery to the family’s residence after the funeral
- Arranging for Pallbearers and motor equipment, including limousines, as required
- Ordering special floral pieces at the family’s request
- Arranging for Cash Advances for cemetery expenses, clergy honorariums, music, funeral escorts, and custom acknowledgment
- Contacting Fraternal or Military organizations to take part in the ceremony
- Arranging for a personalized remembrance package, consisting of a guest register book, memorial folders, acknowledgments
- Assist with Social Security and Veteran Affairs