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.
Here at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, we are dedicated to assisting you with arranging the type of service that you feel will best help you to honor the life of your loved one. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making the arrangements that you feel are best for you.
There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:
Immediate Burial is a funeral service without any viewing or ceremony, or use of the funeral facilities for services. Embalming is not required except in certain special cases. If no embalming after 24 hours, refrigeration is required.Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making arrangements for an Immediate Burial funeral service.
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 Service is a service with the deceased present, and usually includes an open casket viewing the night before, or just hours prior to the beginning of the service. The visitation usually takes place at the funeral home, with the funeral service usually taking place at a church. However, these services can also take place in the funeral chapel. Embalming is required for an open casket public viewing. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making arrangements for a Traditional Funeral Service, or with any question you may have. You will be given a general price list when visiting our funeral home, or one can be mailed to you upon request.
Memorial Service. At H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, we offer a Traditional Memorial Service (Cremation with remains present). The Traditional Memorial Funeral Service with the deceased present usually includes an open casket viewing prior to the service, with the funeral service taking place in a church or chapel. Instead of burial, the deceased is cremated following the services. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making arrangements for a Traditional Memorial Funeral Service.
Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services is a funeral service with the deceased present; however, the casket may not be open. There may be a visitation prior to the Graveside Service at the funeral home. If no viewing is to take place, embalming is not required by law, except in certain special cases. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making arrangements for a Graveside Service.
The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case - when you choose to care for the physical remains through cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life: you can provide a chance for friends and family to say goodbye through a final viewing before the cremation, and you can also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:
Direct Cremation is a funeral arrangement without any viewing, ceremony, or use of the funeral facilities for services. Embalming is not required except in certain special cases. If the deceased is not embalmed after 24 hours, refrigeration is required. Our crematory requires a rigid combustible container for cremation.Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making arrangements for Direct Cremation.
Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
Graveside Services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for internment or another form of disposition.
Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.
We can assist you with making arrangements to have your loved one transported to or from any funeral home, nationally or internationally. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with making forwarding or receiving funeral arrangements.
Here at HW Oldham Funeral Home and Cremation we are 100% committed to service. We realize that it is always the family's choice as to the type of service they choose. It's our goal to carry out the wishes of each family we serve to the best of our ability. We offer a large variety of items and services, which can be customized or personalized, from Memorial DVD's, Memorial Folders, to Personalized Cremation Urns. Our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with choosing the customization that will best help you memorialize your loved one.
We can help you use technology to bring together family and friends from all over the world in honor of a loved one who has passed. Webcasting you loved one's service gives those who are unable to travel the ability to see the service live or watch it later at their convenience. This is an especially meaningful solution for loved ones who are serving overseas and cannot attend the funeral in person.
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