The funeral service itself is the first step in dealing with the grief of those who are left behind. A funeral brings together friends and relatives in mutual support at a time when it is needed most. A funeral arrangement for yourself or a loved one involves some of the most personal decisions you will ever make. At Howell and Jolley Memorial Chapel, P.A. Funeral & Cremation Services, we feel that ever person’s life is unique and we strive to make each funeral just as distinctive as that person. We feel that it is very important for you and your family to be pleased with your decisions.
Most people select one or all of the following aspects of our professional service:
The visitation allows you and your family to gather together to remember the life of your loved one and receive the comfort and support of friends and community. We will assist with personalization at this time. We offer an array of printed materials including memorial folders, register books, thank you notes, laminated obituaries and memorial cards, and Video/DVD photo tributes.
This time is the one that immediately follows the funeral ceremony and/or the committal service and can be either a public or private event. A gathering provides a special time and place for family and friends to give comfort to each other and say their goodbyes. Many times the gathering is held at a church or a place of worship, with food preparation and service provided by member volunteers.
This aspect of any funeral service is very important because it allows for the “closure” that is needed in the grieving process. This can be held in our chapel, a house of worship, or another facility. We will make all contacts and coordinate the details regarding location, facility and those individuals who may wish to participate in the ceremony, including clergy or celebrant and/or musicians. If you do not have a worship or a church affiliation or a pastor to officiate, we will arrange for a funeral celebrant.
The committal service usually occurs at the cemetery, which has been selected by you. We will make all arrangements for interment or inurnment. We will also assist with directing a scattering ceremony if you have chosen a cremation disposition.
Some families prefer cremation, and there are many options that are available with that decision. These options include a full tradition funeral service with cremation, cremation with a memorial service, or memorial visitation, or immediate cremation with no formal services.