When you choose to bury your loved one (as opposed to cremating them), your mind may immediately go to the traditional burial that includes a public viewing, a funeral service, and perhaps even a graveside service as well.
However, here at Cox Funeral Home, we recognize that not every family and not every situation is exactly the same. Personal preferences, family dynamics, the circumstances surrounding the death, finances, and more can all affect the kind of burial you wish to give your loved one.
Overview of Burial Services
Before you can decide what type of services will work best for your family, you need to understand what is available. Here are the basic burial services from which you can choose:
- Immediate Burial
The burial of the deceased without any additional services.
- Public Visitation
A gathering of friends and family with the body of the deceased present (either in an open or a closed casket).
- Funeral Service
A service to say goodbye to the deceased and to celebrate their life with the body present.
- Memorial Service
A service to say goodbye to the deceased and to celebrate their life after the burial.
- Graveside Service
A service beside the grave to commit the deceased to their final resting place.
Personalization of Burial Services
Thanks to the many factors affecting the kind of burial families can or want to give their loved one, it is important that you be able to personalize the burial and the services surrounding it. That is why you have so many choices when it comes to bidding goodbye to the deceased.
For example, the location of public viewings and funeral services can include a church, a cemetery, a house, a funeral home, or some combination of locations (for example, you may have a funeral service at a church and a later memorial gathering at your home).
The service (or services) can also be personalized. The songs, eulogies, speeches, and decorations you have will depend on your personal preferences and on what you know your loved one may have wanted. Some families may include a video of happy memories or a recorded goodbye from the deceased. Others may choose simply to have eulogies. Some families may prefer a religious service, while others may want things to remain secular.
To that end, we provide a number of different types of burial services, and a number of different burial packages so you can choose the services that work best for you and your family.
We provide burial packages that allow you to pursue the following types of burial:
- Immediate Burial (No Services)
- Traditional Burial with Visitation the Day Before
- Traditional Burial with Visitation the Day of
- Graveside Service
Each package comes with the following:
- Transfer of the deceased to our funeral home
- The support of our staff, including that of a funeral director as you plan for the burial and/or services
- The preparation of the remains, either through embalming or other means
- Transportation to the cemetery
All transportation must take place within 25 miles of Cox Funeral Home to be included in the package price.
What follows is a look at the unique services available for each individual package:
In our immediate burial package, you receive the services you need to prepare the body for burial and to transport the body to the cemetery. However, because you are choosing to inter your loved one right away, with no additional funeral services, you will not receive embalming, or the option to use our facilities, staff or equipment for funeral services, viewings, or other means.
With the immediate burial package, you may choose to provide your own casket, or you may purchase one for an additional cost from us. Either way, you will receive compassionate service from the heart in promptly laying your loved one to rest.
Traditional Funeral Packages
Our traditional funeral packages let you choose to have the visitation either the evening before the funeral or the same day as the funeral. Regardless of which you choose, here are the services you can expect to receive in addition to the basic services listed above:
- Use of our funeral home to hold the visitation and funeral service
- A flower van for transporting flowers to and from the funeral home
When you choose the traditional funeral package, you will need to purchase the casket and burial container separately, either through another supplier or through us. Other miscellaneous services, taxes, and expenses will also be an additional cost.
When you choose to hold a service by the graveside, we can provide you with the basic services listed above, as well as the following:
- Staff and equipment support during the services
When you choose the graveside services package, you will need to purchase the casket and burial container separately, either through another supplier or through us. Other miscellaneous services, taxes, and expenses will also be an additional cost.
Transferring Remains Between Funeral Homes:
There may be times that you wish to transfer your loved one between funeral homes, either from our facilities to another location, or from another location to us. At these times, we are happy to help you move your loved one to the location that will best meet your needs. Simply contact us regarding the transfer you desire, and we will work with you to make the appropriate arrangements and ensure that your loved one is moved with the dignity they deserve.