Planning services can be a difficult process while grieving the loss of a loved one. Having a service provides those who are grieving a place to receive support, come to terms with their loss, and say goodbye while honoring their loved one’s life. Being surrounded by family and friends allows everyone to share their favorite stories and memories while creating a lasting support system as they begin their grief journey.
For cremation services, we like to encourage families to hold a visitation and/or service to honor their loved one’s life. After the service and cremation have taken place, there are still a few decisions that should be made in regard to your loved one’s final disposition:
- Interment is when you bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. A few of these final resting places can include but are not limited to a local cemetery, mausoleum, memorial site, or urn garden. Please reach out to our staff for a detailed list of interment options.
- Graveside cremation services are similar to traditional burials, as this allows everyone to gather at the burial site where the cremated remains will be interred.
- Scattering is when your loved one's cremated remains are spread at a significant location by land, air, or water. You can also choose to scatter a portion of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
- Families can also choose to place the cremated remains in multiple urns. This option is usually chosen by families that live in different geographical locations because this allows them to choose a final resting place that is close to where they live.
Depending on your personal preferences, there are several service options when choosing burial.
- For an immediate burial, your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or family gathering.
- A visitation, also called a viewing, calling hours, or wake, allows everyone to gather together in a room with your loved one. Families have the option to have an open or closed casket while sharing stories and gaining closure.
- Funeral or memorial services can be held at a funeral home, church, or even your home. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and ability to think outside the box to help families create a unique service to honor your loved one’s life.
- Graveside or committal services take place at the cemetery. These services allow for everyone to be present as their loved one is laid to rest. This can help provide closure because it allows you to say your final goodbyes.
Ship Out Services
Our services reach far beyond Arizona’s borders, since we understand that families live near and far. Our staff has extensive experience helping facilitate transportation both national and internationally. Whether your loved one needs to be brought back to Arizona or taken back home we work closely with other Funeral Homes across the country as well as consulate and embassy offices to get your loved one to their final resting place.
Anatomical and Body Donations
Donation is a deeply personal decision. The two most common types of donations are transplant donation and whole-body donation through medical research and education. There are a number of different factors to consider when choosing this option. This can sometimes include, cost, traditions, religious and personal preference may all affect your ultimate decision.
Typically, any type of donation is time-sensitive and will need to take place soon after your loved one has passed away.
Services will usually occur after the donation has happened. Although traditional funeral and viewing services are not available when choosing whole-body donation. Families can arrange to hold a memorial service before or after your loved one’s cremated remains are returned.