Obituaries

Hiram Torregrosa
B: 1936-01-12
D: 2020-11-27
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Torregrosa, Hiram
Juan Rijo
B: 1946-06-24
D: 2020-11-26
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Rijo, Juan
Edward Setley
B: 1959-04-14
D: 2020-11-25
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Setley , Edward
Anthony Burden
B: 1949-08-07
D: 2020-11-25
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Burden, Anthony
Hilda Santiago Valles
B: 1953-04-20
D: 2020-11-25
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Santiago Valles, Hilda
Pedro Ruiz
B: 1979-07-13
D: 2020-11-16
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Ruiz, Pedro
Ernest Barrett
B: 1929-04-14
D: 2020-11-14
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Barrett, Ernest
Marie Lamercie Masse
B: 1941-04-12
D: 2020-11-12
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Lamercie Masse, Marie
Frances Joseph
B: 1927-09-17
D: 2020-11-10
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Joseph , Frances
Cecilia Cruz
B: 1960-06-01
D: 2020-11-08
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Cruz, Cecilia
David Bender
B: 1949-01-17
D: 2020-11-05
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Bender, David
Victor Vargas
B: 1959-07-26
D: 2020-11-04
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Vargas, Victor
Daniel Brito
B: 1954-02-26
D: 2020-11-03
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Brito , Daniel
Milagros Caraballo Velez
D: 2020-11-01
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Caraballo Velez, Milagros
Valentin Morales
B: 1955-03-29
D: 2020-10-31
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Morales, Valentin
Milagros DeLeon Gervacio
B: 1943-01-23
D: 2020-10-25
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DeLeon Gervacio , Milagros
Ana Castillo
B: 1942-03-15
D: 2020-10-19
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Castillo, Ana
Julie Zarzuela
B: 1974-07-17
D: 2020-10-15
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Zarzuela , Julie
Luis Ortega Pagan
B: 1967-06-14
D: 2020-10-10
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Ortega Pagan, Luis
Raie Fogelman
B: 1927-06-06
D: 2020-10-08
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Fogelman, Raie
Mirna Aponte Mendez
B: 1955-05-18
D: 2020-10-08
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Aponte Mendez, Mirna

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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