What is a funeral?
A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died. Funeral customs comprise the beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor. These customs vary widely between cultures, and between religious affiliations within cultures.
What type of service should I have?
1.Traditional Funeral Services
These services typically include a service to commemorate the life of the deceased with the body present in an open or closed casket. Visitations usually take place where the mourners gather to express condolences. A procession to the cemetery typcially occurs where additional ceremonies may take place and the deceased is buried.
Memorial Services commemorate the life of the deceased without the body present, many times done in association with cremation.
Sometimes commemorative services are held at the cemetery, beside the grave, immediately prior to burial.
Also known as "direct" dispositions, non-commemorative funerals are when the deceased is buried, cremated, or donated to medical science without any formal service to remember the life that has passed.
Can I personalize my funeral service?
It is important to try and make the service unique to the loved one you have lost by focusing on the persons life and memories shared by those left behind.
Why should we have a public viewing?
Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary.
Why do we need an obituary notice?
An obituary is a news article that reports the recent death of a person, typically along with an account of the person's life and information about the upcoming funeral.
What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the deceased. Funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
When death occurs, Picha Funeral Home personnel are available to assist you at any hour, seven days a week. Please call 608-489-2516 or 608-462-8256 for assistance.
What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?
When death occurs away from home, Picha Funeral Home can assist you with out-of-state arrangements and transfer the deceased to a preferred location.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes the deceased, slows the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the deceased. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.
Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
As more people are choosing cremation, funeral service professionals are striving to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are for a funeral service. Often funeral directors find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. Therefore, they request direct cremation and deny the surviving friends and family an opportunity to honor them with a memorial service. In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn't mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded.