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Traditional Funeral Services

No two lives are exactly the same, and no two funeral services should be, either.

A funeral service that’s both significant and memorable should be as distinctive as the person being celebrated. It should be a service and gathering reflecting the person’s wishes, honoring and highlighting your loved one’s life. A funeral director can help provide, with knowledge and experience, along with the high quality service, some of the support and direction needed to help with this momentous service.

Traditional funeral services would follow two formats.

A traditional funeral service would incorporate a visitation a first day, with the funeral ceremony the next day, followed by a traditional earth burial. The visitation would usually be held at the funeral home and the ceremony can be either at the funeral home or at a church.

A consolidated traditional funeral service would have both the visitation and the ceremony on the same day followed by the burial.

A funeral is an important event. It helps give meaning to a person’s life. It enables family and friends to come together to express feelings of grief and sadness and to accept the reality of death, so they can overcome the emotional pain.

The funeral director can help provide information regarding available services, facilities, merchandise and costs.

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Cremation is another common form of final disposition.

Many individual reasons base a decision for cremation, such as family tradition, religious obligations, personal beliefs, convenience or cost.

Cremation does not take the place of a funeral service, like burial, it is another form of disposition. By considering all of your funeral options, cremation can also be an important part of the remembrance process. Many of the traditional funeral service choices can also be incorporated with cremation choices.

An important thought is that before finalizing any decision on what to do after death, your immediate family should be consulted. Make sure everyone is knowledgeable and comfortable with your choices. Discussing your wishes with your family before the need arises can make decision making possibly easier and beneficial.

Many questions can be asked with Cremation, such as what is cremation? During the cremation process, intense heat is used to reduce human remains into small bone fragments. These fragments are then further reduced into a powdery form, then being referred to as ashes.

What can be done with the ashes? In most states, cremation is considered legal final disposition. The ashes are usually returned in a temporary plastic container. The next of kin has the decision as what to do with these remains. They can be placed in an urn and kept by the family, interred in a grave in a cemetery, or scattered in certain locations.

Can I also have a funeral or memorial service with cremation? There are many choices; the range can include a traditional funeral service followed by cremation, which may include a public viewing and ceremony. Another service idea would be the use of a memorial service usually held days or weeks after the death. Or some families select a direct cremation disposition with no services.

Some important things of note with cremation in Wisconsin would be that State Law requires a 48 hour waiting period between the time of death and cremation. Also a Medical Examiner or Coroner also needs to provide a cremation permit in addition to the family authorization.

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