Arranging a Traditional Funeral

A ‘full-fledged’ funeral is also known as a traditional funeral or a formal funeral. It consists of all the bells and whistles that are typically associated with funerals such a ceremonial service, a full-fledged cortege, decorated hearse and elaborate caskets. Your funeral director will provide you with detailed itemized cost of all the services included in a traditional funeral such as mortuary care post death, embalming, an elaborate casket, decorated hearse and mourning coach, arranging for cemetery space, liaising with all vendors, visitation rights, opening and closing of the grave site, outer burial container, a headstone, relevant newspaper announcement, flowers, the wake, other ritual items, the burial clothing and much more. This is apart from the basic fee charged by the funeral director for supervising the entire event and for all staff involved. When you opt for the full-fledged service, you also receive expert guidance regarding everything related to the funeral and continuous support from a dedicated staff.

Arranging an Immediate Burial

An immediate burial is less ornate and does not include a funeral ceremony at a funeral home. It is a more affordable option in case you cannot afford a traditional funeral or it is not convenient for all the members to stay back for a long ceremony. Funeral directors will explain the services included under immediate burial such as taking care of the body after death, carrying it directly to the cemetery from home or morgue and stopping at a funeral home to collect the death certificate or burial permit. Immediate burial does not include a proper funeral ceremony, visitation ceremony, elaborate casket, embalming, several other optional rituals, elaborate floral decoration, decorated hearse and mourning coach, newspaper notifications and so on.