At Hurst Funeral Homes, we strive to serve our clients' needs and best interest. We are here to help make the experience as comfortable and emotionally reassuring for you as possible. Considerations include funeral planning, securing the necessary permits and copies of death certificates, preparing the notices, sheltering the remains, and coordinating the arrangements with the cemetery, crematory or other third parties; transporting the remains; embalming and other preparations.
When a loved on dies, grieving family and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral - all of which have to be made quickly and often under great emotional stress. To help relieve families of some of these decisions, an increasing number of people are consulting with us for the pre-arrangements and pre-financing needs.
Traditional full service funeral
Includes our professional care; use of the funeral home for viewing and visitation; formal ceremony or memorial service; use of equipment and staff for a graveside service; use of a hearse or limousine; a casket; outer burial container or alternate container; and burial, entombment or cremation of the remains.
Services include transportation and care of the body; The body is buried shortly after death, usually in a casket or simple burial container; no viewing or visitation is involved. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later.
Among the several preplanning decisions to consider if choosing cremation is, will there be a service for viewing the deceased before cremation? A wake or visitation hours can be arranged just as they are for earth burial or entombment. Although a casket is not required for cremation, if a viewing is chosen before the cremation, a casket can be rented or one that is combustible can be purchased. Cremation can be considered as an end in itself, but most families feel the remains should have final resting place that can be identified with names and dates. Many urns are available for permanent containment of the cremated remains.
We are well versed in the various requirements arranging transfers for the deceased: regarding necessary paperwork and special casket requirements. Our funeral directors can ensure that all arrangements are made to secure safe passage of your loved one to almost any destination around the world.
Alternatives To Traditional Services
Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of funeral. Some find comfort in family and friends, flowers, the church service. Others find comfort in solitude and prefer simple, small private last rites with only close family and intimate friends. The deceased or their survivors may not belong to a community that has a defined funeral service, or they may be in a situation where a traditional service would be inappropriate. In these cases memorial services and receptions can be chosen as an alternative to traditional services. These events are less formal than traditional services. As a focal point of the service, pictures of the deceased, memorabilia from his or her life, hobby items or mementos may be brought to the place of gathering. This is a way of focusing on the life of the person being remembered. We respect the wishes in this respect of those in mourning and provide facilities for receptions or can assist you with arranging them.