A properly performed funeral is a privileged opportunity to return to God,… the gift of the deceased. It expresses our hope in Eternal Life and the Resurrection of the Body
No matter how well we try to prepare ourselves, the loss of a loved one and preparing for their funeral often reveals just how unprepared we actually are,… and how confusing and complicated things can get. This is especially true when a death is sudden and unexpected.
Don’t go through this difficult time alone. Look to your church community, your family, and close friends for immediate support. The Ministers and Chaplains at Still Water Ministries-Indiana Pastoral Care are also available,… regardless of your church or religious affiliation. We pray that the information on this page will be helpful to you.
What’s the difference and which one should I do?
A FUNERAL SERVICE will have the Casket with the Body or the Urn with the Ashes present. The service is usually held in a church or chapel but can be done anywhere,… such as in a home, an outdoor location, or anyplace that was special to the deceased or is meaningful to the family. Traditionally there will be Scripture readings, hymns, a brief sermon, the Lord’s Supper (if desired) and prayers that affirm God’s power over death and His promise of everlasting life. Family & friends are encouraged to participate in the service with readings, tributes, and a eulogy,… giving thanks for the life of the deceased, with special emphasis on the gifts, accomplishments, and contributions of the person’s life.
A GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE takes place after the main Funeral Service and is held at the location where the body/ashes will actually be laid to final rest. A GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE may include some of the same elements as the Funeral Service, however, it is shorter. Some families prefer to hold only a GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE in consideration of the elderly, handicapped, or those who are just mentally exhausted.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE (remembrance) can be held anywhere, indoors or outdoors since the body or ashes are usually not present. MEMORIAL SERVICES will often display a picture of the deceased since the body, in most cases, has already been buried or cremated.
Note: Funeral Services, Memorial Services, Remembrances/Tributes can be held just about anywhere, indoors or outdoors, such as in the home of the deceased, a park, a beach, on a mountain, hillside, in a church, or anywhere that is meaningful to the family.
A Burial/Committal Service is always held at the specific location where the body will be laid to rest (gravesite) or where the cremated remains (ashes) with be interred (columbarium).
Please call or email us if you have any questions or need additional information. We look forward to hearing from you.
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