The Traditional Funeral Service is when your loved one is present. The night before the funeral there would be visitation generally in the evening with the coffin open. The service itself is normally the following day either in the chapel of the funeral home or in a church, chosen by the family.
A funeral often consists of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon, and music. After the funeral there is a procession to the cemetery or crematorium, for a committal service. There is often a wake to follow at the church or the family’s home which concludes the service.
The Committal Service is a brief service at the gravesite after a tradition funeral service but prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final good byes at the final resting place by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket.
If the committal service is the only service then it becomes what we call a grave side service and is accompanied by a visitation the night before. The grave side service is a more lengthy service consisting of scripture readings, a eulogy, poetry and music.
A Memorial Service is when the deceased is not present. It may take place at the funeral home, the families’ home, a church, or even outdoors. This is a time to remember your loved one through fellowship with friends and family.
The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. Otherwise, a memorial service can be done after a burial or cremation if this meets the needs of the family.
When death occurs to a loved one whose wish is to be buried in his or her place of birth, we work hand in hand with all parties involved. We secure all the relevant documents as well as ensure critical preparations are carried out to meet both countries Health Department guidelines.
Divinity Funerals specialises in international repatriation. With our many years of experience in this area you can be assured that your loved one is brought back to his or her home country by trusted airlines so he or she can be transferred to a local funeral director.
A Direct Cremation is when there is no funeral ceremony. The deceased is placed in a coffin and transported to a crematory. Then the cremated remains are placed in an urn and ready to be buried, placed in a niche, or be taken home.
This service is a single service at the crematorium of choice by the family followed by the cremation. The service can be either religious consisting of scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, sometimes a sermon, and music or a civil service with poetry, songs, music and words of remembrance, spoken either by a family member or a celebrant.