Celebration of Life Services

Traditional Funerals

Full Service with Viewing: Traditional Funeral

Funeral ceremonies have been part of the human experience since the dawn of time. Every society in every era has developed rituals which celebrate the life of the deceased, honor their memories, and provide a healing experience for those who remain.

Here in Maquoketa, approximately 60% of funerals follow a traditional pattern that reflects the values, faith, and heritage of America’s heartland.

The pattern begins with a public visitation usually held at the funeral home. The body will be present, and friends and family will stop by to pay their respects. 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. After the formal service, a hearse will be used to transfer the body to the cemetery where the burial or entombment will take place.

"There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.”

John F. Kennedy