Funeral Services

Honoring the life of your loved one.

Sometimes the thought of planning a funeral seems too difficult for those who've suffered a loss. We're here to help lighten your burden and remind you of the true value a ceremony can hold for you and your family. Our calling is to help you through the entire process – before, during and after the funeral.

Supporting you, your family and friends is the foundation for all of our services. We are well known among funeral homes in Connecticut for our:

  • Thoughtful guidance, while respecting all of your wishes
  • Availability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Concierge services to ease the burden – coordinating florists, restaurants and hotels.
  • An array of support services, materials and referrals to help deal with your loss.

 

Respecting Your Wishes

The needs of your family remain our focus as you consider the services that are right for you. If you want advice or guidance, our experience is here for you as an asset you can rely upon.

Please feel free to contact us at any time. We are here with information and support to help in any way we can.

Respecting all of your wishes is our main concern as you consider choosing a service.

Choosing a Service

A funeral is actually not for the person who has passed. Rather, it is an event to help family and friends as they try to accept a loved one’s death. Our goal is to help you create a funeral experience that will be a source of comfort, both now and in the future.

Any of the service selections listed below can be combined with earth burial, entombment or cremation.

 

Types of Funerals

 

Traditional Services

Memorial Services

  • Conforms to a ritual that has been followed for centuries
  • Formal calling hours with either an open or closed casket
  • The body is present
  • A spiritual service at the church or funeral home
  • Final disposition with either burial or cremation
  • Recommended for families who need an opportunity to say good-bye
  • Can be personalized in a variety of ways (please see personalization)

 

  • The service takes place at a church, the funeral home or other venue.
  • The urn may or may not be present
  • Many families elect to have a private visitation of the deceased before burial or cremation
  • May have a multitude of speakers at the service
  • If choosing to inter the cremated body, the interment may be immediately following the service, or on another day, privately with the family
  • Usually involves a reception after the service

 

Contemporary/Celebration of Life

Green Burial

  • Services may be held during the night or day
  • May use a religious orator, or Funeral Celebrant
  • Private visitation for family and close friends or a gathering at the funeral home
  • The service can be held in the funeral home, church or other venue such as the beach or county club
  • May have designated speakers
  • Specialized musical productions (live music, personalized video and musical tributes may be played)
  • May utilize a horse drawn carriage, family as urn bearers, etc.
  • Highly focused on celebrating a life well lived
  • Video Presentation to be played during the gathering or service

 

  • Biodegradable caskets and urns are used
  • Simple shrouding of the body may be used without a casket
  • No steel or concrete burial vault is used
  • May use “ecobalming” which is similar to traditional embalming procedure using non-toxic Green Burial approved solution
  • Grave markers made of natural field stones are allowed
  • Cremated bodies may also be interred in a green cemetery

 

Graveside Services

Immediate Burial/ Direct Cremation

  • A funeral held at the cemetery with either a casket or an urn
  • Can be private or open to family and friends
  • Can include a religious ritual service
  • Can be personalized with eulogies
  • May include a military service for eligible veterans

 

  • This arrangement allows for direct disposition with no visitation and/or viewing.
  • An immediate burial occurs 24 hours after death. A graveside service with family present can be added.
  • A direct cremation occurs 48 hours after death (the shortest period permitted by Connecticut law). A memorial service at a later date may be performed.

 

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