At Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, we pride ourselves on our ability to personalize and individualize each funeral service so that it is a truly memorable experience and a fitting tribute. The way a person is remembered is as unique as the person himself/herself. We listen carefully to what your wishes are and pay attention to every detail as we carry them out.
The funeral service fills many needs. It serves as a special tribute to the life of one who has died and helps family and friends come to terms with the reality of the death of a loved one. It brings people together for support and comfort. The funeral service is a way of saying goodbye and letting the healing process begin.
A typical funeral service has three parts:
- The viewing, which usually takes place at the funeral home either the evening before or right before the funeral service.
- The funeral service itself.
- The committal service and interment, which takes place at the cemetery.
The viewing, also known as the wake, is a period of visitation in which friends and relatives gather with the family to extend their sympathy and comfort. Typically, the viewing is held the evening before the funeral service, although recently, many families prefer to hold the viewing right before the funeral service.
The funeral service itself is typically held in the chapel at the funeral home or in a church chosen by the family. The service typically consists of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, possibly a sermon and hymns, poems and any other music or script that holds meaning for the family.
Following the funeral service, family and friends usually proceed to the cemetery for the committal service. The committal service is a brief ceremony at the gravesite or cemetery chapel. It may be private or public, depending on the wishes of the family. At the committal service, final goodbyes are said.
Although the traditional funeral can be very formal and scripted, there are many ways to personalize the service to meet the needs of family members and pay a unique tribute to your loved one. Choice of music, flowers and readings all serve to personalize the service. In addition, photo and memory displays can be included in the service, either at the viewing or the service itself. Choice of the casket and clothing for the deceased tailor the service specifically to the individual who has passed away. Even the choice of pallbearers serve as reflection on the life of the individual. Pallbearers may be friends, relatives, representatives of the military or fraternal organizations or any group that played a significant part of the individual’s life.
This service is by invitation only and may be held at the funeral home, a place of worship or the cemetery. Usually, invited relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service.
Some families would like to be present at the cemetery for burial. A member of the clergy or a family member can preside over a committal service at their loved one’s graveside before they are laid to rest.
Flowers, prayer cards and other merchandise can be ordered if the family desires.
Immediate burials can be arranged without a visitation or a funeral service. Once all of the paperwork is complete (signatures and permits), we will place your loved one in a casket of your choice and take the deceased to the cemetery for burial.