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Alba Iris Sanchez
B: 1955-04-29
D: 2020-03-31
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Iris Sanchez, Alba
Maria Viruet
B: 1955-08-01
D: 2020-03-29
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Viruet, Maria
Nelson Cepeda
B: 1957-06-27
D: 2020-03-27
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Cepeda , Nelson
Jose Badillo
B: 1946-09-16
D: 2020-03-25
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Badillo, Jose
Junior Rosa
B: 1975-04-08
D: 2020-03-10
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Rosa, Junior
Pierre Jean
B: 1946-10-22
D: 2020-03-07
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Jean, Pierre
John Vannatter
B: 1981-03-20
D: 2020-03-04
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Vannatter, John
Charles Schwambach
D: 2020-03-02
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Schwambach, Charles
William Brown
B: 1940-12-21
D: 2020-03-01
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Brown , William
Gloria Graul
B: 1932-05-26
D: 2020-03-01
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Graul, Gloria
Hemenegildo Maldonado
B: 1970-12-17
D: 2020-02-26
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Maldonado , Hemenegildo
Edgardo Alvarez-Mateo
B: 1972-01-10
D: 2020-02-25
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Alvarez-Mateo, Edgardo
Rolando Bonilla Ramos
B: 1987-06-03
D: 2020-02-19
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Bonilla Ramos, Rolando
Gayle Kastenbaum
B: 1947-04-01
D: 2020-02-15
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Kastenbaum, Gayle
Nikka Westbrook
B: 1985-04-01
D: 2020-02-15
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Westbrook, Nikka
Sharon Good
B: 1957-01-01
D: 2020-02-14
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Good , Sharon
Saturnina Colon
B: 1950-11-20
D: 2020-02-09
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Colon, Saturnina
Rosaida Otero Rodriguez Montalvo
B: 1963-04-08
D: 2020-02-02
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Otero Rodriguez Montalvo, Rosaida
John Maier
B: 1936-03-08
D: 2020-01-31
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Maier, John
Abigail McNeill
B: 1960-06-15
D: 2020-01-25
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McNeill, Abigail
Betty Wilkinson
B: 1925-01-31
D: 2020-01-21
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Wilkinson , Betty

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (610) 373-4500 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014