There is no single proper funeral service. A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
It is the goal of Johnson-Romito Funeral Home to help people complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.
At Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge the life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.
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Complete Funeral Service
A Complete Funeral Service is often referred to as a traditional service. A complete funeral service includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. After the viewing (also called “visitation”) there will be a service typically in a church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by a burial or entombment in a mausoleum. When a complete funeral service takes place the family would select a casket of their own choosing. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on what type of material used in construction of the casket. Your funeral director will educate you regarding the different types and styles available to you. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner or a vault be used when burying a casket. The vault and minimum graveliner are constructed of concrete or steel and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. Graveliners and vaults come in a variety of styles and types; again, your funeral director will educate you regarding the different types and styles available to you. Further details regarding caskets and vaults can be found in the “Merchandise” section of this website.
A Graveside Service can be another selection. Rather than having a service at a church or the funeral home, some families choose to have a short service directly at the cemetery graveside. This service often follows a time of visitation at the funeral home. Burial would take place following the graveside service.
Complete Cremation Service
Complete Cremation Service is another type of selected offering. This service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of a burial or entombment. During the viewing or visitation a special cremation casket or rental casket would be used. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
Immediate Cremation Service
An Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Johnson-Romito Funeral Home is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
- Arranging funeral plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging the music you have selected
- Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
For more information about our Professional Services, please contact us by e-mail or call at (440) 232-1441. We're here to help.