When most people think about funeral homes in Columbia, TN and the rest of the country they probably just think about flowers and caskets, undertakers and black suits. However, funeral homes actually offer a lot more services than what you might imagine.
From organizing the funerals themselves and dealing with the more practical aspects of death to grief counseling and more, funeral homes offer a wide range of services aimed at honoring the deceased and helping the bereaved through the difficult time of loss. Some of the most common services are:
- Memorial Services – Memorial services are very similar to funerals, except for a few key differences. First, the body does not present or necessarily intact at a memorial service. Since the body is not present, there is no time or scheduling constraints for memorial services, and the body can be cremated beforehand. Memorial services are typically less religious and more informal than funerals and are hosted in a variety of locations.
- Committal (or Graveside) Services – While memorials and funerals oftentimes include a graveside service, graveside services can also be performed independently from other funeral and cremation services. When a graveside service is not preceded by a funeral or memorial, it’s called a committal. Committal services are generally very brief but have some ceremony around lowering the body into the grave and covering it with soil. These services take place at the cemetery, columbarium, mausoleum or wherever the body’s final resting place may be.
- Funerals – A funeral is a formal event or ceremony about the deceased, typically with religious or cultural leanings. Funerals are a time of remembrance and celebration for the deceased and provide an opportunity for family and friends to grieve together. A funeral usually happens a few days after death in a funeral home, church, or even the deceased’s house. For an event to be a true funeral, it requires the body to be present and intact.
- Viewings and Visitations – Viewings and visitations are also generally held in tandem with a funeral or memorial as they allow family and friends to visit with and express sympathy for the bereaved. Viewings and visitations help people grieve together in an intimate, less formal setting than funerals, and are usually held at the funeral home, but can sometimes take place in a church, home or other location. Viewings, specifically, have an open casket for final goodbyes and visits and occur before or during the visitation.
Most funeral homes also provide long lists of other helpful services including:
- Transfer of the deceased from the place of death
- Help to notify relatives, friends, and coworkers
- Filing all permits, certificates, and authorizations
- Planning special ceremonies or events including Veteran’s services
- Assistance with social security claims
It’s important to note that not every funeral home offers the same services, so be sure to check with your local funeral home to see if they can provide what you need. Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, located at 2517 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401, offers a range of Columbia, TN funeral home services. Give us a call at (931) 388-2135 to learn more.