Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship. The casket is typically present at both events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not. You have the option of having the remains buried, or it may be entombed in a crypt inside a mausoleum. Family or religious traditions are often a factor for choosing burial. Decisions need to be made on whether the body needs to be embalmed, what kind of casket to use, what cemetery to use and what to put on the gravestone.
Funerals are expensive. When shopping around for a funeral service provider, it is important to recognize the differences in the overall level of service and the way fees are quoted. Every funeral provider charges separately for two main components – professional services and merchandise. Some funeral homes have a lower service charge, but their merchandise may be higher. Our funeral homes’ prices are on the lower end by comparison to others and represent what we think is the ideal combination of price and value.
At Raffeo DiCecco Funeral Home, we emphasize on service & care over merchandise, as our clients mainly value the positive experience with our staff, facilities and the thoughtful care we implement.
Monumental cemetery: A monumental cemetery is the traditional style of cemetery where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground. There are countless different types of designs for headstones, ranging from very simple to large and complex.
Lawn cemetery: A lawn cemetery is where each grave is marked with a small commemorative plaque that is placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground-level. Families can still be involved in the design and the information contained on the plaque, however in most cases the plaques are a standard design.
Mausoleum: A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb or the tomb may be within the mausoleum.
Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains. While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family a place to come to mourn and visit.
Natural cemeteries: Natural cemeteries, also known as eco-cemeteries or green cemeteries is a new style of cemetery set aside for natural burials. Natural burials are motivated by the desire to be environmentally conscience, although natural burials can be performed at any type of cemetery, they are usually done in a natural woodland area. Conventional markings such as headstones are generally replaced with a tree or a bush or a placement of a natural rock.
There are alternatives to burial. See Cremation Services