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Funeral Services

It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense.

A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.

It is the goal of Macy & Son Funeral Directors to help people complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.

Complete Funeral Service

Traditionally, the funeral will be a complete funeral service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when earth buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.

Graveside Service

The graveside service can be another selection. This many times would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony could take place followed by the burial.

Complete Cremation Service

The complete cremation service is another type of selected offering. This service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or even a rental casket may be used. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Immediate Cremation Service

The immediate cremation service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

Personalized Services

At Macy & Son Funeral Directors, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.

A majority of families we serve tend to select funeral arrangements and services in keeping with the service options listed below. While you are free to arrange services on an itemized basis, the below service plans are designed to simplify the funeral arrangement process. Your funeral counselor welcomes your questions.

Burial Arrangement Packages:

Traditional Service – Chapel, Church or Other Facility

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, transfer of remains to funeral home within a 50-mile radius, embalming of remains, dressing, casketing and cosmetology of remains, use of facilities for visitation, funeral coach within a 50-mile radius, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Graveside/Cryptside Service

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, transfer of remains to funeral home within a 50-mile radius, embalming of remains, dressing, casketing and cosmetology of remains, use of facilities for visitation, funeral coach within a 50-mile radius, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Immediate Burial with Memorial Service in Chapel, Church, or other Facility without Viewing

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of memorial service, minimum sanitation and care of remains, use of facilities for memorial service, preparation/holding room (includes refrigeration), automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), transfer of remains to funeral home, delivery to cemetery, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Immediate Burial with Graveside Service without Viewing

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of graveside service, preparation/holding room (includes refrigeration), automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), transfer of remains to funeral home, delivery to cemetery, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Family Viewing with Immediate Burial

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, transfer of remains to funeral home within a 50-mile radius, washing and disinfecting of remains, dressing, casketing, cosmetology, hairdressing, setting of features, 3 hours of private scheduled viewing time, delivery to cemetery, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Immediate Burial

Immediate burial (without ceremony) includes:

  • initial transfer of the deceased from place of death to funeral home 
  • transportation of the deceased to cemetery 
  • basic service of staff 
  • temporary shelter of remains 
  • dressing and casketing

Forwarding of Remains to Another Funeral Home (In The U.S.A. or Outside U.S.A.) 

This includes:

  • initial transportation of the deceased from place of death to our funeral home
  • embalming (if necessary) 
  • basic services of staff 
  • local transportation including trip to airport (airline or other shipping charges not included) 
  • Translation of Documents 

Receiving of Remains From Another Funeral Home

This includes:

  • basic services of staff 
  • local transportation of the deceased to cemetery or crematory 
  • trip to airport

How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You

When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Macy & Son Funeral Directors is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:

  • Arranging funeral plans
  • Securing necessary permits and death certificates
  • Care and custody of the body
  • Coordinating all details with the clergy
  • Arranging the music you have selected
  • Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
  • Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
  • Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
  • Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
  • Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
  • All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location

For more information about our professional services, please contact us by e-mail or call at (503) 472-6151. We're here to help.

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