Traditionally, the funeral will be a Complete Funeral Service.
This includes a family or public viewing at the funeral home or in the church of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by the earth or above ground burial in a cemetery of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the graveside, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.
How to honor a life
After someone dies, the people left behind are tasked with carrying on with their lives. This can be particularly difficult if the individual was a family member or a close friend, but it must be done. No matter what your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), grieving after a loss is healthy and completely necessary.
- Light a candle. You can do this at church and say a prayer, or do it at home and feel the warmth of their memory.
- Make a quilt out of their old clothes.
- Hold a memorial service or candlelight vigil.
- Finish any projects they were working on.