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Gwindolene Latimer
B: 1926-11-10
D: 2018-08-12
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Latimer, Gwindolene
Ghronda Tarpley-Adam
B: 1950-09-28
D: 2018-08-10
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Tarpley-Adam, Ghronda
Jimmie Middleton
B: 1934-01-22
D: 2018-07-31
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Middleton, Jimmie
Troy Deen
B: 1957-02-05
D: 2018-07-29
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Deen, Troy
Robert Rifenburgh
B: 1934-07-18
D: 2018-07-24
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Rifenburgh, Robert
Betty Roland
B: 1954-09-02
D: 2018-06-27
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Roland, Betty
Oretha Sipe Caffey
B: 1932-01-29
D: 2018-06-27
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Sipe Caffey, Oretha
Helen Benson
B: 1915-04-25
D: 2018-06-24
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Benson, Helen
Sherry Key
B: 1942-10-26
D: 2018-06-12
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Key, Sherry
Delbert Turner
B: 1936-07-03
D: 2018-06-08
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Turner, Delbert
Martin Cano-Borrego
B: 1996-07-13
D: 2018-06-08
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Cano-Borrego, Martin
Francisco Maldonado
B: 1960-10-26
D: 2018-06-07
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Maldonado, Francisco
Jack Boone
B: 1931-04-17
D: 2018-05-31
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Boone, Jack
Michelle Bolinger
B: 1983-10-18
D: 2018-05-28
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Bolinger, Michelle
Robert Welborn
B: 1950-09-12
D: 2018-05-26
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Welborn, Robert
Dorothy Gregory
B: 1934-11-08
D: 2018-05-22
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Gregory, Dorothy
Terry Allison
B: 1965-02-06
D: 2018-05-15
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Allison, Terry
Elizabeth Swinney
B: 1945-01-16
D: 2018-05-12
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Swinney, Elizabeth
Ted Holmes
B: 1962-08-08
D: 2018-05-10
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Holmes, Ted
Yvonne Sloan
B: 1936-02-10
D: 2018-05-04
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Sloan, Yvonne
Antonio Martinez
B: 1940-02-09
D: 2018-04-29
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Martinez, Antonio

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What is a Funeral Ceremony & What Are Funeral Rites?

what is a funeral ceremony orange flowerAll 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, what a funeral service in Borneo would look like is 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 (325) 928-4711. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to explore the commonalities behind the wide spectrum of funeral ceremonies seen around the world.

What is the Meaning of a Funeral Ceremony?

what is the meaning of a funeral ceremony cemetery imageA 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.

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.

What are Funeral Rites?

Funeral rites are the traditional ceremonies associated in connection with burial or cremation. These rites vary across religious groups often with a specific set of rules for what to do. If you would like to follow the funeral rites traditional to a particular religion and do not have someone to guide you, feel free to contact us and we will help you find helpful resources.

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 (325) 928-4711 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.


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