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 visitation and service prior to cremation taking place. This allows family and friends the opportunity for closure and support through a final viewing. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one’s life after cremation as well. You can hold a formal service or a personalized life celebration with the cremated remains present in an urn. This can be held in a church, at a luncheon facility, or at our facility. Our staff will assist with organizing and planning the service or life celebration, and personalize the details.
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 or with an urn present) and gives everyone the opportunity offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
Funeral or Memorial Services, or Life Celebrations 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. You can choose to have a Funeral Service take place prior to cremation, or a Memorial Service which is designed to take place after cremation has taken place, and is often referred to as Life Celebration. 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 or mausoleum entombment. This can follow a Funeral Service or be selected for a more simplistic option. If the family chooses not to bury the cremated remains at a cemetery, a graveside service would not take place.
Immediate Cremation means that your loved one’s physical remains will be cremated without a public service or gathering.
After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one’s final disposition. These are described in Burial Options.
At Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory we are proud of our new on-site cremation facility. Our crematory offers the most efficient cremation cycles available, and includes a team of specialists that can monitor the whole process 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This service provides comfort to the families knowing that their loved ones do not have to leave our facility, and are taken care of every step of the way by our familiar staff.
Groff Funeral Home & Crematory - Serenity Room
Our new Serenity Room allows families to gather before, during or after the cremation process in an inviting and comfortable space where they are able to reflect on the life of their loved one. If the family wishes, they can also view the crematory directly from this room. Whatever your reasons for choosing cremation, it is wise to explore the many options available. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, or to see our facility for yourself.