Through the years, funerals have evolved into what we today call the "traditional funeral." Consisting of a visitation period followed the next day by a service and subsequent earth-burial, this is still the most common type of service we perform.
The process of the traditional funeral consists of gathering necessary information on the deceased, such as date and place of birth, parents, type of employment, memberships and relatives, followed by a decision on when and where to have a visitation period and funeral service to accommodate the family and their relatives and friends. The visitation and/or service can be held in a church, lodge, funeral home, or other suitable place.
Typically, the body is embalmed, cosmetized, dressed and placed in a casket selected by the family. The embalming is done as soon as possible and is a simple operation designed to preserve the body throughout the time period necessary to hold the visitation and services.
Frequently, veterans and/or fraternal organizations are called to participate in services held in conjunction with visitation, the funeral service itself, and/or the service at the place of burial or entombment.
Once services are concluded, the casket can be buried in a cemetery, entombed in a mausoleum, or cremation can take place. Cemetery burial usually entails the purchase of an outer burial container or burial vault in which the casket is placed to prevent the earth above it from collapsing.
Today, there are many, many different ideas about how a funeral should be held. These ideas range from the above mentioned traditional funeral to immediate burials, immediate cremations, veteran services, as examples. With nearly 100 years of experience behind us, we at Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home and Crematory are available anytime to discuss with you the different choices you have today. Feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your wishes either at the funeral home or in the comfort of your own home. Or, if you prefer, we will mail you a complimentary brochure.