At Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, every family has their own choice of which type of service they wish to provide for their loved one. There are many different types of services which are based on the funeral practices of different religious and cultural traditions. Costs and personal preferences also play an important role when families endeavour to make the difficult decision. By exploring the different funeral options available, a more informed decision may be made with options for basic, traditional, cremation or something in between. The funeral service can be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular.
Traditional (Full Service Funeral)
A “Traditional” funeral is the term used by funeral providers which usually includes a viewing of the deceased with a private or public visitation and a formal funeral service. A hearse is utilized to transport the body from the church or funeral home chapel to the cemetery for burial.
Fees charged by the funeral home are the funeral home’s basic cost which includes the embalming and dressing of the body; rental of the funeral home for the viewing or service and the use of vehicles to transport the body. The cost of the casket must also be factored in. Other fees related to the service which are not the funeral home’s costs but must be paid to external providers would include purchasing of burial plot if not already purchased, opening and closing of grave, clergy/organist/soloist fees and publishing of obituaries. The traditional funeral is generally the most expensive type of service.
The traditional funeral service may be the following:
- Transfer of the deceased to the funeral home
- Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
- Professional support and administrative staff assistance
- Use of visitation rooms
- General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
- Funeral service
- Use of funeral coach
- Register book
- Acknowledgement cards
- Memorial folders
At Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, we believe the traditional funeral service allows the family to go through the grief and healing process by allowing families time to come to terms with the loss of their loved one. It is a meaningful expression for the family as it allows friends and associates time to give their condolences. Active participation in the how the service will be conducted is an option the family can choose by being involved in the details of the service.
All our services can be customized to meet a family’s needs or wishes. At Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, we find families want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute. Our staff is always available to assist families to design a memorial that fully reflects their wishes.
There are many options for families to choose from. Cremation does not limit one’s choices. Choosing cremation does not necessarily eliminate the choice to have a service. With cremation, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place, whether in an existing family burial plot, in a cemetery or placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium.
Scattering cremated remains may be done at a designated place on land or water in accordance with provincial and local laws. It is not recommended to scatter the cremated remains on personal property (should your home be sold) or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains. For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit later. It allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived.
Options available prior to or following the cremation can include the selection of a casket or an urn, visitation with or without the body present (memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point). A memorial service is very similar to the traditional service and helps celebrate a life lived. Our staff will be pleased to give families full details of the products and services available. Photographs, special songs, treasured items can all be utilized before and during the service to make it more meaningful. Families can tell us what made their loved one special and we can give them ideas for personalizing the service.
The body is cremated shortly after death, without embalming. The cremated remains are placed in an urn. No viewing or visitation is involved, although a memorial service may be held with or without the cremated remains present. Direct cremation usually costs less than the “traditional” full service. Costs include the funeral home’s basic services fee, cremation, transportation and care of the body. The cost of a cemetery plot or crypt should be considered if the remains are to be buried or entombed.
We have a Funeral Celebrant on staff to help you plan and conduct Celebration of Life Services, Non Religious Funerals and any other type of remembrance ceremony tailored to meet your needs and desires