Memorial Services And Funerals At Funeral Homes
Some people use ‘memorial service’ and ‘funeral’ as interchangeable terms, but they really are two different things. If you need to plan a final service with funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV, it’s totally fine to mix the terms up. The professional understands that not everyone is used to the terminology. However, it is also nice to know the differences so you can choose the right path for your loved one and your family. Here are some ways to tell them apart.
Funerals Happen Soon, Memorial Services Can Happen Any Time
Traditional funerals generally take a few days to arrange and then they are held so you can honor your loved one and proceed with burial according to a certain timeline. Memorial services, on the other hand, don’t have that strict timeline and they can be held any time. You can have a memorial service right away or you can wait for weeks, months, or even a year. Once cremation is complete, you can have a memorial service whenever it meets your family’s needs.
Funerals Happen With The Deceased Present, Memorial Services Don’t Have To
While funerals generally have the casket there with the mourners -- sometimes opened, sometimes closed -- memorial services are different. You can hold a memorial service a year after a funeral was held, for example, and the person’s remains will not be present. If the person is cremated, you can have the memorial right away with or without the ashes there. The remains don’t have to be present with a memorial service.
Funerals Happen In Certain Locations, Memorial Services Happen Anywhere
It takes a lot of arranging to make a funeral happen and there are only certain venues that have the space for it. The funeral home is always a great place for a funeral and many families also like having the service in their home church. Memorial services, on the other hand, can take place anywhere. Without a casket to consider, they can be held in a park, in a family home, in a restaurant, in a funeral home, in a church, or anywhere else.
Funerals Have Traditions, Memorial Services Can Be Anything
While most funerals follow a certain organizational structure, memorial services can be customized into anything you want them to be. You can have an open mic where anyone speaks, or you can have something short and intimate in a park. The choices are endless, and many families like to customize the services according to their loved one’s personality.
If you still don’t understand what a funeral service is versus a memorial service, funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV can help you differentiate. As long as you can describe what kind of service you want, the term you use doesn’t really matter. Just make sure your guests understand so that they know what they are attending and how to dress and act. The professionals at Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services can help you with all of the details start to finish.