Obituaries

Mary Morgan
B: 1925-06-03
D: 2017-07-24
View Details
Morgan, Mary
E. Dianne Reeder
B: 1942-01-09
D: 2017-07-21
View Details
Reeder, E. Dianne
Billy Devine
B: 1960-07-06
D: 2017-07-19
View Details
Devine , Billy
Paula Reed
B: 1947-10-14
D: 2017-07-18
View Details
Reed , Paula
Rita Goddard
B: 1952-09-23
D: 2017-07-17
View Details
Goddard, Rita
Joseph Lang
B: 1944-03-11
D: 2017-07-14
View Details
Lang , Joseph
Camille Norris
B: 1938-07-24
D: 2017-07-11
View Details
Norris , Camille
Sandra Seek
B: 1955-05-23
D: 2017-07-10
View Details
Seek, Sandra
David Wathen
B: 1969-05-03
D: 2017-07-07
View Details
Wathen, David
James Cooksey, Sr.
B: 1938-01-11
D: 2017-07-06
View Details
Cooksey, Sr., James
Anna Vial
B: 1926-03-05
D: 2017-07-06
View Details
Vial, Anna
Jason Delahay
B: 1975-12-07
D: 2017-07-04
View Details
Delahay, Jason
Mary Tennyson
B: 1921-12-08
D: 2017-06-30
View Details
Tennyson , Mary
Ethel Ressler
B: 1944-03-07
D: 2017-06-30
View Details
Ressler, Ethel
James Hill, Sr.
B: 1938-07-24
D: 2017-06-28
View Details
Hill, Sr. , James
Lucy Mae Hanson
B: 1930-05-17
D: 2017-06-24
View Details
Hanson, Lucy Mae
George Spalding
B: 1935-12-29
D: 2017-06-22
View Details
Spalding, George
William Gillingham
B: 1919-07-17
D: 2017-06-21
View Details
Gillingham , William
John Hammett, Jr.
B: 1965-12-07
D: 2017-06-17
View Details
Hammett, Jr. , John
Michael Worrey
B: 1954-08-22
D: 2017-06-17
View Details
Worrey, Michael
Regina Gallia
B: 1924-07-23
D: 2017-06-17
View Details
Gallia , Regina

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909

What is a Funeral?

All we need to do is say the word "funeral" and within microseconds, you have an image in your mind of what a funeral looks like. This mental image comes from many sources: the geographical place, culture and society in which we live; our faith; our life experience. Obviously then, a funeral service in Borneo would look very different from one held in Tanzania; there are even significant differences between the funerals held in ethnically and/or geographically diverse regions of North America.

Yet, despite the differences, these funeral services have much in common. We invite you to read further to learn the really simple answer to the question "what is a funeral?" Should you have questions about what you read here, we encourage you to call us at (301) 475-8500. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to explore the commonalities behind the wide spectrum of funeral ceremonies seen around the world.

What Makes a Funeral?

No matter where it's held, a funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to engage the living participants in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. It's a socially-acceptable way for members of a community to re-affirm and express their social attachments.

Anthropologists label a funeral as a rite of passage, which affects everyone involved–including the deceased. His or her social status changes dramatically, from a living contributing member of the community to one whose contributions are in the past, and relegated to memory. But the status of each of the survivors– the immediate family most especially– has also changed. In fact, the funeral service can be the start of a defined period of mourning for bereaved family members, marking this transition in a uniquely identifiable way. 

It could be said then, the focus of a funeral - no matter where, no matter when - lies in acknowledging change. And without doubt, human beings (as individuals and as a community) have trouble dealing with profound changes like the death of an integral member of the group. When you take this perspective, it becomes easier to understand the importance of ceremonially acknowledging the tear in the social fabric and the symbolic restoration of its integrity.

Funeral Services in Our Area

For families and individuals living in this region (as elsewhere in the nation), a funeral service can mean many things. Some fall back on what is commonly called a "traditional funeral"; others see that same traditional service as an emotionally unfulfilling event. Fortunately, thanks to a number of unique social forces, there are alternatives. Today, end-of-life commemorative services range from the traditional funeral, to a memorial service and the increasingly popular celebrations-of-life. If you have yet to realize the immense value of such a collective acknowledgement of loss, reach out to us. Call (301) 475-8500 to speak with one of our experienced funeral service professionals.


Sources:  
Huntington, Richard and Peter Metcalf, Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual, Cambridge University Press, 1979.