Death can be an overwhelming experience. Our dedicated staff will assist you with the necessary arrangements involved in planning a funeral service. Our experience and attention to detail will help you through this difficult time.
As we begin, it may be helpful to remember why funerals are important. From the earliest times, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about the death of someone we love.
- Help us acknowledge that someone we love has died
- Allow us to say goodbye
- Provide a social support system for family members
- Offer us the opportunity to commemorate our loved one in a meaningful way
Pre-Arranged Funerals and Advanced Funeral Planning:
We offer our families the option of Advanced Funeral Planning. As more and more people are choosing to plan their funerals in advance, we have found three basic reasons why our families think this makes sense:
- It relives an emotional burden from those you love.
- You can express your own wishes.
- You can relive the financial burden from those you love.
Speak with one of our Funeral Planning professionals today and you may be amazed at how good it makes you feel to get your wishes on file with us. Enjoy the peace of mind that the decisions have not been left for others to face.
Over the years, many of the families we have served have told us they would like help personalizing their funeral services. We can offer you several ways to create a meaningful service – from ideas on personalizing the ceremony with personalized register books and folders to enhancing the casket you select with features that can reflect the unique qualities of you or your loved one.
We can help you plan a funeral with meaning and purpose, whether at the time or in advance. We are here to answer questions, make suggestions and carry out your wishes. Please remember, all decisions rest with you and your family.
Traditional Funeral Service is when your loved one is present. The night before the funeral there would be visitation generally in the afternoon and evening with the casket open. The service itself is normally the following day either in the chapel of the funeral home or in a church, chosen by the family. A funeral often consists of scripture reading, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon, and music. After the funeral there is a procession to the cemetery, for a committal service. There is a reception to follow at the church or the families home which concludes the services.
A Memorial Service is when the deceased is not present. It may take place at the funeral home, a church, or even outdoors. This is a time to remember your loved one through fellowship with friends and family. The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. For example having a traditional funeral service here and then a memorial service back in the deceased’s home town. Or, a memorial service can be done after a burial or cremation if this meets the need, of the family.
The Committal Service is a brief service at the gravesite after a tradition funeral service but prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final good byes at the final resting place by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket. If the committal service is the only service then it becomes what we call a grave side service and is accompanied by a visitation the night before. The grave side service is a more lengthy service consisting of scripture reading, eulogy, poetry, and music.
Cremation is a form of disposition. It does not restrict you from having an visitation, open casket and a funeral service the following day. It is even possible to have a procession to the cemetery for a committal service. We offer a traditional funeral service followed by a cremation.
Direct Cremation is when there is no funeral ceremony. The deceased is placed in a refrigeration unit until the proper paperwork has been completed, and the necessary permits are obtained. Then the body is placed in an cremation receptacle (container) and transported to a crematory. The cremation chamber is heated by gas jets. Then the cremated remains are placed in a urn and ready to be buried, placed in a niche, or be taken home.
In times of grief, all your questions and concerns are important to us. In fact, complete information and referral counseling is one of the many services we offer to the community. We welcome your questions, either by phone or in person.
After Care: For years our staff at Moss Funeral Home has been dedicated to provide for each family that we serve the finest funeral service care. We have extended that same service, care and concern to the loved ones and families after the funeral and beyond.
An Aftercare Program was incorporated into our service in 1997 and is a routine service to the families we serve. Our aftercare providers are Mrs. Ruth Lager and Mrs. Sylvia Henken.
Our program includes follow-up care, telephone and home visits, information on grief management and coping skills, a referral grief group for peer support and program of community network resources.
Ruth or Sylvia call on our families to explain the program and services available through the funeral home. If you would like to speak with them before that time, please call the funeral home at 618/526-7144. It is our goal to provide superior service during the loss experience and to extend that same service to the bereaved after death.
Our primary concern is that you need not feel alone.
Please do not hesitate to ask us questions, at no obligation. We are only a phone call away. 618/526-7144