Planning a funeral can be a stressful processes. Grieving accompanied with difficult finanical and family decisions can make even the most collected individuals struggle at the time of loss. However, pre-planning a funeral can eleviate much of the load that is placed on family members who are left to see out final arrangements. Many families have even been able to save significantly on their funeral just by becoming aware of the details in the planning process. This step by step planning guide will be a resource to help assure you are aware of each piece. If you are helping a loved one plan their funeral, review this guide with them to ensure their final plans are carried out.

The first step in planning a funeral is choosing wether you would like to be buried in a traditional way or be cremated. If you already know which you prefer, feel free to click on that option to take you to the next step. Otherwise, we have provided a little more information on each below so you can better understand your choices.

STEP 1: Choose Burial or Cremation

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What You Should Know About Burial Planning

The burial service is a dignified process that includes time for a private or public viewing of the deceased, a funeral service to remember and honor them,  and a procession to the cemetery for a graveside ceremony to formally say goodbye. Most individuals understand what burial means, but many are not aware that they have a number of options when it comes to burial services such as, full service burial , direct burial, or memorial services. These options provide family members the opportunity to celebrate their loved ones life just as a traditional burial service would. The following information will help explain these options.

Traditional Burial

A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived, and to determine the impact of that life on family and friends.

There are many burial planning options and it is our mission at Local Funeral Info to make these options available to families who select burial as the final disposition of their loved one. A traditional burial service includes a time for a private or public viewing of the deceased, a funeral service to remember and honor them, followed by a procession to the cemetery for a graveside ceremony to formally say goodbye. There are numerous variations by which a funeral service is specifically tailored to respect the wishes of the deceased and their family, including styles of caskets, floral arrangements, etc.  Families have a variety of burial options and packages such as:

  • Two Hour Evening Viewing and Next Day Funeral Service or Graveside Service         
  • One Hour Viewing & Funeral Service with Graveside Service
  • Private Family Viewing and/or Graveside Service, with a Memorial Service
  • Basic Burial with Graveside Service
  • A Direct Burial (No Ceremonies)
  • Personalized Funeral Services

Two Hour Evening Viewing and Next Day Funeral Service or Graveside

The public viewing period provides an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to mourn, to comfort each other, and to celebrate and remember the life of their loved one.   A funeral service the following day (in a church, event center or the funeral home) with the body present can be personalized to reflect the life and interests of the deceased, as well as their impact on the lives of others. The funeral service is normally followed by a escorted procession to the cemetery and a graveside service for the final interment.  For military service men and women, veterans benefits maybe available.

One Hour Viewing & Funeral Service with Graveside Service

This option provides for a public visitation time followed by the funeral service (in church, funeral home, or other location) with the body present. After a procession to the cemetery, the decedent is properly interred with a graveside service at the cemetery.

Private Family Viewing and/or Graveside Service, followed by a Memorial Service

A meaningful way to have both private family time and a public ceremony, this option allows the family to privately mourn for their loved one, and to limit the size of the graveside ceremony. The family will often follow the graveside committal ceremony with a public memorial service at church or another location.

Basic Burial with Graveside Service

In cases where the family does not wish to view the body, a burial can be performed with a graveside service to honor their loved one. This service can be as elaborate or as simple as the family chooses.

Direct Burial (No Ceremonies)

A direct burial of the body, but without any formal ceremony. A family member often witnesses the burial.

Customized Utah Burial Planning

Your individual wishes and desires might include a combination of several items. Your funeral service professional will assist you in arranging the specific set of goods and services that meets your unique funeral needs and wishes.

Most traditional burials are interred using a vault where the casket is placed.  For local and state requirements, click the link for additional information.

Please contact us at (888) 635-9794 if you would like more information regarding your options.  Localfuneralinfo.com.  Like us Facebook

Direct Burial/Grave Side Service

With this type of service there is no church service; all services, if any, will happen at the grave side.  There is not a viewing, meaning the casket will not be open at any time during the services. Because there is no viewing or church service it is not necessary to embalm the body and the family can save on this cost. For direct burial the family will have to make decisions about the following:  type of casket,  and type of vault  (if the cemetery requires a vault).

The family will need to have purchased a cemetery plot and they will also need to pay for the opening and closing costs at the cemetery.

A direct burial is less expensive than a full service because there is no embalming and there is no church service, therefore cutting out the expenses that go along with those options.  If you have any questions about Direct Burial please contact us at 1-888-635-9794.

Full Service

This type of service is the full traditional service that usually includes a one-to-two-hour viewing the night before the funeral service,  a viewing, or family time, one hour prior to the service on the day of, at the location of the service (usually at the funeral home, church or event center where service will be held), after services transportation of casket, family, and flowers to the cemetery.  For a full service burial, the family will have to make decisions about the following: type of casket , type of vault, and retail options such as memorial books, prayer cards, programs or memorial folders, flowers, etc. You will need to know where you want the service held, either at a church, event center, or the funeral home itself.  These options vary depending on the funeral home you choose. The family will need to decide what clothing they will want their loved one to wear and give that to the funeral home at least 24 hours prior to the viewing. The family will need to have purchased a cemetery plot and they will also need to pay for the opening and closing costs at the cemetery. If you have questions regarding burial services don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-888-635-9794.

Laws of the funeral industry

FTC Disclosures and Funeral Rule https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule

What You Should Know About Cremation

Cremation is the dignified process of using the mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution processes that reduce human remains to bone fragments.  Most individuals understand whatcremation means, but many people are not aware that they have many options when it comes to Utah Cremation Funeral services such as   direct cremation,  full service cremation or memorial services.  These options provide family members the opportunity to celebrate their loved ones life just as a traditional burial service would.  The following information will help explain these options.

Full Service Cremation

This type of service is a full traditional funeral service that ends in a cremation instead of a burial.  This type of service  usually includes a one-to-two hour viewing the night before the service, as well as a viewing or family time one hour prior to the service the day of at the location of the service (usually at the funeral home, church or event center where service will be held), plus after services transportation of casket to the crematory.  The family will in most cases be able to choose whether they want to go to the crematory and watch their loved one enter the crematory or not.

For a full service cremation, the family will have to make decisions on the following: whether they want to purchase a cremation casket (this is a casket made of wood) or go with the a rental option the funeral home may have. Rental caskets are caskets that allow for a removable insert that looks just like a casket interior to be placed in them. The end of the casket usually has a removable panel that allows the insert to slide out and it becomes its own separate container which will go into the crematory.  The family will also have many retail options such as memorial book, prayer cards, programs flowers etc.. The family will also need to choose an appropriate container to put the ashes in usually an urn, though there are also several keep sake options.  Many families save money with this option in comparison to a full service traditional funeral  because they are able to bypass the cemetery costs.  If you have any additional questions about full service cremation please call us at 1-888-635-9794.

Cremation with Memorial Services

This type of service is where the cremation takes place, the ashes are placed in a minimum plastic contain or an urn and the urn is usually present at a service held after the cremation at the funeral home, church or event center.

For this service the family will have to make decisions on the following: what type of casket or cremation container they would want to purchase,  and what type of urn and keepsakes they would like to have.  There are also other retail options such as memorial books, prayer cards, programs, etc. If you have any questions about cremation with memorial service please call 1-888-635-9794.

Direct Cremation

This type of service is where cremation takes place, the ashes are placed in an urn, and then given to the family or spread in desired area with no service of any kind.

For this service the family will need to make decisions on what kind of cremation container they will want to purchase and the type of urn they will want to purchase.  If you have any questions about direct cremation services,  please call us at 1-888-635-9794.

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