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We are pleased to offer both Traditional Funeral Services and Traditional Cremation Services.  


You may ask "What is a Traditional Funeral Service?"  A Traditional Funeral Service historically meant when the deceased body was present for a visitation, a service and a burial was to follow.  Today a Traditional Funeral Service has a new meaning where we have a Funeral Ceremony or Celebration and the disposition of burial or cremation to follow. 


A Visitation/Viewing/Wake normally is a time anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours (or longer) that family, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend to view the deceased and extend their condolences to the family.  The Visitation/Viewing/Wake may be held in the funeral home, church or other location (in accordance with necessary permissions)


In our area of Texas you may see the word Visitation, Viewing or Wake.  A visitation means that the deceased is present, but the Casket will be closed.  A Viewing or Wake means that the deceased is present and the casket is open.  These two terms are used interchangeably in other areas of the state/country.


After the Visitation/Viewing/Wake has been completed, the next step is the Funeral Service.  Again, the actual Funeral Service can be held in the Funeral Home, church or other location (in accordance with necessary permissions).  Everyone that is staying for the service is invited to be seated and in most circumstances, a member of the clergy will lead the services.  Members of the family may participate as well with readings, poems, verses, music and tributes.  When there is not a clergy a Certified Celebrant can be hired to organize and deliver a beautiful customized service religious or non-religious attachments. 


When there is a Mass of Christian Burial, this will be held in a church.  The viewing may be held at the funeral home and then everyone will process to the church for Mass.


At the conclusion of the funeral service or Mass of Christian Burial, everyone will be asked to proceed to their vehicles and will drive in procession (with their emergency lights on) to the cemetery for burial.  The Clergy will accompany and there will be a final committal at the grave which can also be accompanied by music, readings, verses and poems. 


In most circumstances, after the graveside committal, family and friends are invited to a reception/repast of the family's choosing. 


Our services and timelines of what to expect while we serve you 


(Days)

Meet with the Funeral Director to plan arrangements.

 ID. View, Visitation/ Wake/ Vigil

Service

You will receive a 24 hour phone call from the Funeral Director


(2 weeks)

Meet with the Funeral Service Advocate

Death Certificate(s)

PIN for Legacy Touch Keepsakes/fingerprints

Help close out accounts, change mail, notifications list

Meet with Sheldon Mitchel, to prepare and update Estate Planning

Last Will and Testament

Beneficiary Designations

Durable Power of Attorney

Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will


(1 month-9 months)

Grief Meetings are available for you for free!

Headstone setting ceremony at cemetery and flower plans

Gravemaker for genealogy for free!

Call from Funeral Service Advocate to Discuss your Funeral Arrangements


(End of the year)

Memorial Program for Christmas

A walk to remember through our city park showcasing your loved one

Follow us on Facebook for events and ways to stay connected in grief.


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