Mar 09 2015
Most of Tennessee’s funeral homes facilitate excellent funeral services for both traditional burial and cremation. Knoxville, for an instance, has funeral homes and chapels that offer funeral arrangements before cremation. Knoxville funerals also offer different types of funeral services, depending on the families’ preferences or the deceased’s pre-arranged funeral plan. When a citizen dies and opts for (or the family opted) cremation, Knoxville funerals—most of them, if not all—will usually take over most of the post-mortem arrangements including the procurement of death certificates and assistance in filing and claiming benefits. When facilitating cremation Knoxville funeral homes proceed with the arranged funeral plans and transport the body to a partner crematory out of town or perform the process on-site if they own a crematory. For cremation, funeral plans may or may not include funeral or memorial services as opted or arranged.
Usually, funeral services are replaced by memorial services when the family decides to cremate the deceased prior to a funeral service. The difference between a funeral and a memorial service is the deceased body’s presence. A funeral service is held with the body in a casket; it requires the presence of the dead body. A memorial service takes place when the body has already been buried or cremated; it is something like a post-burial or post-cremation funeral, only that it is called a memorial instead of a funeral service.
Funeral services can be done traditionally, graveside, or as immediate burials. Traditional funerals are those that include public viewing and visitation, funeral service at a preferred place, and committal service at the cemetery during burial. Traditional funerals can be done at funeral homes, chapels, halls, or the deceased’s own home. During the public viewing, the body of the deceased is placed in a casket and displayed to the public in an arranged setting with flowers, lamps, light fixtures, candelabrums, draperies, and a guestbook. This is when the people get to see the deceased for the last time. The visitation is held on the night preceding the funeral; this is when family members, other relatives, and friends get together to say their last goodbyes in an event of prayers, commemoration, and even celebration of the deceased’s life with them. The funeral service takes place at the funeral chapel or a church before the deceased is transported to the funeral crematory for the cremation process. The committal or memorial service then takes place at the graveside, facilitating a ritual of prayers as the family members bury the urn that contains the deceased’s cremated remains.
Graveside funerals are simpler in itinerary or locations. The viewing and visitation are held at the funeral homes and then the deceased is transported to the cemetery for the funeral service instead of a chapel or church. The funeral and committal services are then held at the graveside. For the cremated deceased, however, it will be called a graveside memorial service because the deceased’s body is no longer present among the living mourners. Instead of transporting the deceased from the funeral home to the cemetery for the funeral, the body is brought to the funeral’s crematory for the cremation process before taking the remains to the cemetery for the memorial service and urn burial.
Immediate burials are also known as green burials. The body of the deceased is not embalmed and immediately transported from the place of death to the funeral home for burial arrangements or cremation. After the arrangements are done or the cremation process is finished, the body is buried with only a brief committal or memorial service.
Opting for a funeral or memorial service is definitely a thing of preference. Many factors affect such decisions, like the presence or availability of immediate family members, financial difficulties, time constraints, and diverse religious practices.