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Esther Mears
B: 1932-12-24
D: 2024-02-21
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Mears, Esther
Clayton Turner
B: 1938-06-06
D: 2024-02-19
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Turner, Clayton
Carol Ballew Porter
B: 1969-09-14
D: 2024-02-18
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Ballew Porter , Carol
Mary Pilkerton
B: 1935-02-24
D: 2024-02-16
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Pilkerton, Mary
Mary Cole-Murphy
B: 1948-10-07
D: 2024-02-15
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Cole-Murphy, Mary
Mark Steggell
B: 1974-08-07
D: 2024-02-11
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Steggell, Mark
Fotios Skouzes
B: 1957-10-03
D: 2024-02-08
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Skouzes , Fotios
Yvonne Bennett
B: 1948-10-12
D: 2024-02-03
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Bennett, Yvonne
Mary Hayden
B: 1932-10-10
D: 2024-02-02
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Hayden, Mary
Frances Wathen
B: 1929-09-26
D: 2024-01-31
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Wathen, Frances
Carroll Higgs
B: 1946-06-21
D: 2024-01-31
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Higgs, Carroll
Robert Abell
B: 1964-09-01
D: 2024-01-28
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Abell, Robert
William Holt, Sr.
B: 1935-01-02
D: 2024-01-25
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Holt, Sr. , William
David Dyson
B: 1957-06-21
D: 2024-01-23
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Dyson, David
Dorothy Reisinger
B: 1929-03-25
D: 2024-01-22
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Reisinger , Dorothy
Charles Bean
B: 1950-03-26
D: 2024-01-22
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Bean, Charles
Nancy Tinsley
B: 1947-11-02
D: 2024-01-16
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Tinsley, Nancy
Richard Long
B: 1941-10-21
D: 2024-01-16
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Long, Richard
Mary Hammett
B: 1946-08-30
D: 2024-01-15
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Hammett, Mary
Nancy Alvey
B: 1950-02-20
D: 2024-01-13
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Alvey, Nancy
Joan Wilson
B: 1939-10-11
D: 2024-01-11
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Wilson, Joan

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (301) 475-8500 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014