Traditional funerals are characterized by the services, not by the burial. Yes, burial is still a popular disposition method, but it’s rivaled by cremation services in Baltimore, MD. Both burials and cremations can be part of a traditional funeral service, and neither disposition method takes away from the personal, heartfelt experience of a classic funerary ceremony.
Typically, a traditional funeral follows a pattern of services, led either by a church officiant or a funeral director. The funerals are formal in tone and mood and might include the decedent’s favorite hymns, poems, quotes, and songs. In some cases, a funeral director will recite a custom eulogy, while, in other cases, the memories and reminiscing stories come from friends and family of the deceased. There could even be singing from someone close to the decedent.
Traditional funerals also often have visitations or public viewings of the deceased in their casket. Loved ones can spend an hour or two with the body as a final farewell. In cases of cremation, the body will either be embalmed or refrigerated to slow decomposition for funeral visitation before cremation services. Or the body will be cremated, then the remains will be displayed at the front center of the room during the funeral.
Oft-times, traditional funerals will have a service sheet or program that serves as an itinerary of the services. It gives guests an outline of what they can expect while attending the funeral, from songs and dedications to times for eulogies and kind words or memories. Most people keep the program as a memento.
How to Send Flowers to a Funeral in Respect for Family and Friends of the Deceased
Funeral homes in the United States are run by the federal government, so they have strict regulations and rules. One of those is the delivery of flowers and other funerary supplies or tributes.
When you can’t attend a funeral personally, sending flowers is a good way to show care and respect to the family and friends of the deceased. To send flowers, call the funeral home to confirm the date of the services, and ask when the best time would be to send a floral arrangement. If there are special instructions required, such as which door the delivery should go to, the funeral director will let you know over the phone.
Is It Okay to Cry During Funeral Services?
Yes, it’s a time of grief and loss. Everyone expresses grief differently. If you feel the need to cry, then cry. You won’t be the only one. There’s no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your tears, especially when you are mourning someone you cared about. It’s also okay to not cry. Don’t feel pressured to feel a way that you don’t feel. Emotions are fickle things, and everyone has the right to mourn how they want.
Cremations, while a popular disposition method, have no bearing on the traditionalism of a funeral. As stated above, traditional is more about the services than anything else. You can still have a classic funeral without a burial.
You can learn more about cremation services in Baltimore, MD. Talk to us at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. to schedule a consultation and learn about cremation services/funeral home services. Visit our office in Baltimore or call our location.