Obituaries

Joan Polko
B: 1935-04-29
D: 2019-12-13
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Polko, Joan
Gladys Guy
B: 1927-06-17
D: 2019-12-11
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Guy, Gladys
James Gatton
B: 1984-08-05
D: 2019-12-10
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Gatton, James
Henry Lee
B: 1931-07-27
D: 2019-12-04
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Lee, Henry
James Miles, Jr.
B: 1937-01-12
D: 2019-12-02
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Miles, Jr. , James
Donna Lawrence Emerson
B: 1950-11-05
D: 2019-12-02
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Lawrence Emerson, Donna
Florence Kessler
B: 1934-05-23
D: 2019-11-29
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Kessler, Florence
Linda Ching-Swarey
B: 1946-03-11
D: 2019-11-27
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Ching-Swarey, Linda
Alice Bowman-Veney
B: 1929-09-18
D: 2019-11-26
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Bowman-Veney, Alice
Henrietta Plum
B: 1938-11-29
D: 2019-11-25
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Plum, Henrietta
Raymond Melvin
B: 1945-01-24
D: 2019-11-23
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Melvin, Raymond
Mary Kane
B: 1924-09-18
D: 2019-11-22
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Kane, Mary
Bernard Lawrence
B: 1961-07-18
D: 2019-11-20
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Lawrence, Bernard
Joseph Nelson
B: 1959-11-21
D: 2019-11-17
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Nelson, Joseph
Gladys Farrell
B: 1925-08-06
D: 2019-11-14
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Farrell, Gladys
Charles Hill
B: 1960-03-14
D: 2019-11-10
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Hill, Charles
Charles Marshall
B: 1936-11-23
D: 2019-11-09
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Marshall, Charles
Ramona Hayden
B: 1931-03-10
D: 2019-11-09
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Hayden, Ramona
Annie Russell
B: 1935-04-26
D: 2019-11-08
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Russell, Annie
Mary Somerville
B: 1945-08-22
D: 2019-11-08
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Somerville, Mary
Mary Dyson
B: 1927-08-15
D: 2019-11-07
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Dyson, Mary

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (301) 475-8500 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014