Funeral Services

A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.

It is the goal of McLean Funeral Directors to help people complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.

 

 

THE HEALING POWER OF MEMORIAL SERVICES 

Coping with a loss is never easy, and services are an essential part of the recovery process. A Funeral service provides those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing and peace. No matter the setting, style, or direction you choose, our professional staff are honored to assist you in creating a service that reflects your loved one's unique life journey.

Traditionally, the funeral will be a Complete Funeral Service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased, the day before the funeral services are scheduled. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home chapel, where a personal variety of song, scripture, poetry, music, and eulogies are presented. This would be followed by a procession to the cemetery or mausoleum, usually escorted by local law enforcement for safety, and a committal at the final place of rest.

 


BURIAL SERVICES

There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending on your individual needs and preferences:

Immediate Burial means that your loved one's physical remains will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.


Visitation
(also called a "viewing", "wake" or "calling hours") allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one (in an open or closed casket) and gives everyone the opportunity to say goodbye and offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.


Funeral or Memorial Services
can take place at a funeral home, in a church or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. For more information on personalization, visit our page on Celebrating Life.


Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services
are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.

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