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Warren Guy
B: 1948-05-27
D: 2020-11-18
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Guy, Warren
Terrence Munsinger
B: 1952-01-23
D: 2020-11-11
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Munsinger, Terrence
Margaret Tippett
B: 1928-04-11
D: 2020-11-10
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Tippett, Margaret
Deborah Forrest
B: 1953-03-31
D: 2020-11-10
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Forrest , Deborah
Catherine Stalcup
B: 1921-09-05
D: 2020-11-09
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Stalcup, Catherine
Jason Drury
B: 1980-12-09
D: 2020-11-08
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Drury, Jason
Dorothy Wathen
B: 1945-03-24
D: 2020-11-06
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Wathen, Dorothy
Gary Burton
B: 1942-06-09
D: 2020-11-05
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Burton, Gary
Christine Phillips
B: 1948-03-02
D: 2020-11-05
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Phillips , Christine
Margaret Guy
B: 1937-02-08
D: 2020-11-04
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Guy, Margaret
Agnes Mattingly
B: 1928-01-02
D: 2020-10-31
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Mattingly, Agnes
James Noble
B: 1944-02-29
D: 2020-10-31
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Noble, James
Philip Woodburn
B: 1955-06-20
D: 2020-10-30
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Woodburn, Philip
Martha Smith Greenwell
B: 1950-08-27
D: 2020-10-29
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Smith Greenwell, Martha
Kay Hall
B: 1943-05-27
D: 2020-10-28
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Hall, Kay
Charles Stanley
B: 1944-10-16
D: 2020-10-27
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Stanley, Charles
Norman Pilkerton
B: 1938-11-17
D: 2020-10-24
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Pilkerton, Norman
Richard Abraham
B: 1930-05-12
D: 2020-10-24
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Abraham, Richard
Leary Gatton
B: 1965-04-12
D: 2020-10-23
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Gatton, Leary
Shelby Polen
B: 1997-12-28
D: 2020-10-23
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Polen, Shelby
Violet Duncan
B: 1947-01-08
D: 2020-10-18
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Duncan, Violet

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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