A funeral service, without the body present, is typically referred to as a Memorial Service. This option is selected by families for a variety of reasons including the expressed wishes of the deceased, the condition of the remains or when a cremation has already taken place.
A Memorial Service follows the same basic pattern as a traditional funeral except the body of the deceased is not present. A visitation is held to allow for a family, friends and the community to express their condolences. At Carson’s, we focus on making the visitation a celebration of the life your loved one lived by using memorabilia, photos and videos to help you tell the story of a lifetime.
Next, there will be a formal memorial service. This could take place at the funeral home or at a local church. In addition, the memorial service could be officiated by a clergy member or by Carson’s Certified Funeral Celebrant.
If a cremation has already taken place, families may choose to have the urn present and on display for both the visitation and memorial service.
After the formal service, family and friends will proceed to the cemetery where the burial or entombment will take place.