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When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honor your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.  


A funeral service is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life well lived. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a funeral service to honor your loved one. We are happy to provide a traditional funeral or something completely unique. Many cultures and religions have special funeral traditions and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. This is a moment for you and your family and we are honored to help you in any way that we can.

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Just like a funeral service, a memorial service is a time to remember your loved one. This can be held shortly after death or weeks later, with or without an urn present. What’s important is that it creates a time and a place for family and friends to gather together and support one another, share memories and pay their respects. We can hold a memorial service at our funeral home, the final resting place or at your home. 

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A casket burial is a traditional service and there are many options you can choose from. We can provide an immediate burial without a public service; a visitation, viewing or wake with a closed or open casket; a funeral service at our funeral home, church or private home and a graveside service at a cemetery. You can choose whether you’d like a public or private service or a combination. It is entirely up to you how you wish to pay your respects. 

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Cremation has become a popular option for many people because it can be more flexible as to where and when you hold a service. You can have a traditional funeral service before a cremation or a memorial service at any time with or without the urn present. You can keep the urn, scatter the ashes or have the urn buried in a grave or columbarium where we can hold a service. Whether you choose burial or cremation, we’re here to offer you a meaningful ceremony.

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Green burial is not really a new concept. Prior to the introduction of embalming during the Civil War, all burials in the United States were Green. As time and society changed, cemeteries then required some sort of grave liner to keep the grave from sinking over time. In fact, even today many religions have burial customs that are very Green.  

The perspective of the Green Burial Council is that embalming and burial vaults/grave liners are not eco-friendly. A true eco-friendly position looks at the material that the casket and clothing use as well as the carbon footprint of getting the material to the burial site. England is further ahead in the eco-burial movement, yet shipping a casket from there to here defeats the purpose.  

So, there is then the Hybrid-eco-concept, where families find ways toward the Green concept, but maybe have to cross the line on some items. If the family burial grounds are in a cemetery that requires a grave liner, there are many steps that may keep the burial environmentally friendly, but include the grave liner. Since many of our burial customs, rites and rituals are for the living, we find ourselves as mediators trying to find a delicate balance between the needs and wishes of the interested parties (the decedent and various family members).  

Please feel free to contact us about the options that are available to you. 

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