In order to provide a family with a ceremony that marks the conclusion of a life lived with dignity and meaning, we firmly believe in facilitating a ceremony that means the most to you.
Our three locations are available to accommodate your needs for a service that best fits your needs. Often families prefer a service that is not worship-oriented. This may include poetry readings, personal readings or remembrances or it may simply serve as a time of quiet reflection. The decedent may or may not be present for these services. If a committal service at the cemetery is chosen, friends may be invited to this service or it can be private.
At Owen-Weilert-Duncan, we believe the funeral ceremony is about how your loved one lived their life and your place in that life. We strongly encourage families to bring in photos, mementos and remembrances that will be displayed in the casket or in their own special section. Personalizing the casket, exterior and interior, by color selection, type of fabric, individualized corner pieces or by engraving will help tell the story of your loved one, for all to read. Flowers, the music chosen, prayer cards or memorial folders all contribute to this final chapter. With so many personal and individual choices to be made, it is important that you receive, from one of our staff members, the options that are available to you.
A funeral fulfills several important needs in today’s society. By providing a special tribute to a unique life, a funeral brings together relatives and friends who can lend support and comfort when it is most needed. When the opportunity is given to express the love and respect felt for someone who was very important to them, the family is shown just how much others cared for their loved one. This can be a comforting way of helping the family adjust to their loss.
Many families prefer to choose a traditional worship-oriented funeral ceremony. A traditional ceremony typically includes:
• Viewing at the place of worship or funeral home, either prior to the ceremony or the evening before
• The funeral ceremony itself, conducted at the funeral home or place of worship
• Procession to the cemetery for a final committal service
Being traditional does not mean being without choice. Each funeral at Owen-Weilert-Duncan is tailored to your preferences. Some of the areas that can reflect your personal choice are:
• The flowers for the ceremony
• Music – can be contemporary, jazz, traditional hymns, etc
• Merchandise – the casket selection, clothing, etc
• Prayer cards or memorial folders
• A collection of photographs, mementos or remembrances to be placed in the casket or displayed in their own special section
Just because a family has chosen cremation does not mean that a funeral ceremony to honor the person who has died can not take place. There are several options such as a visitation or gathering of family and friends at the funeral home or another location. A funeral or memorial service can take place either before or after cremation. This service can, again, take place either at the funeral home, place of worship or any other location you may choose. Every service is tailored to the family at Owen-Weilert-Duncan and we want to make sure that you are aware of all the options and choices that are available to you.
The personalization of your ceremony can be accomplished by:
• Your flower selection
• The music chosen
• Type, color and size of urn
• Prayer cards or memorial folders
• Family collection of photos, remembrances and mementos
Most families choosing cremation decide on burial of the cremated remains. Whether it is private graveside service, or for friends and family, it is an important final moment
Included in Owen-Weilert-Duncan services is our Aftercare Program. At no extra charge, we reach out to every family we serve during their grief to offer caring, information and support. We recognize that the grief journey can be a long and difficult one, that some survivors have minimal support and that special help is often necessary to assist survivors with the transition from life prior to the death of a loved one to a meaningful life after the death.