Some families prefer to choose a traditional worship-oriented funeral ceremony as their ideal funeral option. See what that option typically includes.
Immediate family, extended family, friends, neighbors and other people from the community. These people come to pay their respects and offer support for the deceased person’s family. Funerals can also be very private, where only a few people attend.
A funeral is a ceremony or group of ceremonies held in connection with a viewing, burial, or cremation for a deceased person. Funerals allow us to acknowledge that someone we love has died. By having a funeral or participating in a funeral, it not only allows a chance for loved ones and friends to say goodbye, but also gives them the opportunity to receive emotional support from one another. Family and friends can take this time to relate to each other at a more personal level and find shared strength.
The time between death and a funeral is about 2 to 5 days, but some may take as long as 2 weeks. Some religions require the deceased to be buried or cremated as soon as possible, so these funerals happen faster. In certain cases, a death may require further investigation from the Medical Examiner, which can postpone funeral plans by five to six days, or more. If there are people who are planning to come to the funeral who live far away, or even abroad, it’s a good idea to let them know as far in advance as possible so that they can make travel arrangements.
Funerals are usually held in funeral homes, religious places of worship, cemetery chapels, or at the gravesite. These locations are generally best suited and equipped to handle the funeral service and its logistics, and anything special that’s planned for the deceased person, such as military honors, dove or butterfly releases, or spiritual/family customs.
Funerals offer continuity and hope for the living and allow us to reflect on the meaning of life and death which is why custom funeral options are helpful. While sad, death is just as normal in life as the joyous occasion of a baby being born into this world. When death occurs, it may be tragic and sudden, take place after a long illness, or happen naturally after a person has lived a long, happy life. A Funeral helps the living honor their deceased loved one and often provide an outlet of love for that person. Funerals may help people receive closure in the relationship with the one who has passed but it does not mean the deceased is forgotten. They continue to live on in the hearts, mind, and soul of the people they’ve touched over the course their life.
I cannot thank you enough for all you did for me and my family to ensure that Charles' burial was such a wonderful experience. The arrangements that you and the funeral home here in Florida worked on to ensure my husband's casket was shipped to Philadelphia was outstanding. From transporting his body from the airport, calling me when you picked him up, arranging the Navy Honor Guard for him, to the day he was buried at Gate of Heaven on the VA Lawn in Berlin, New Jersey, you and your staff ensured that every detail was perfect. My family has had prior experience with Bateman Funeral Home in the past years and the same attention to detail was always the same. You and your staff are attentive and caring and I highly recommend your funeral home. Thank you Charles and Staff for all you do to ease the sadness.
My father passed away in June and it was devastating. Not only did we need to try to process our loss but we also needed to make funeral arrangements, which is overwhelming in a time that is already difficult. We reached out to Bateman-Allen Funeral Home and Charles were amazing. He was kind and supportive and guided us through every detail. Charles went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and answered every question. There are so many things that you don't think about and having a caring, compassionate person to guide you through meant everything to me and my family. Thank you Bateman-Allen Funeral Home and thank you, Charles.
Our family recently lost my brother-in-law. Charles made a very hard time much easier for our family. He was compassionate and patient yet very professional. He went above and beyond accommodating our every need. Words cannot express how grateful we are. We highly recommend Bateman-Allen Funeral Home to everyone.
We can’t thank you enough for all you did for us during the difficult time due to the loss of our family member. You were available to see us with an hour of our loss. We are thankful that you did everything you could to bring her close to us where we knew she was cared for with respect by you. You were available to us every time we needed something – day or night and nothing was a problem for you in anything we asked. In our eyes, you went over and above of what we expected in every aspect of taking care of our loved one.
Deborah H. and Diane W.