Whether your family’s choice is for a traditional service, a basic cremation, or something in between, we at John House’s Cave Spring Chapel consider it an honor to serve your family and we will strive to carry out your wishes down to the smallest detail. We hope to serve you in the old school, personal manner that was the hallmark of funeral service in days gone by, but has now fallen by the way-side with most funeral service providers.
We understand and appreciate that a funeral or memorial service allows us to pay special tribute to a unique life and permits us the opportunity to preserve and honor the memories of your family member’s impact on our community. While planning the funeral arrangements of someone we love is difficult, through the years I have come to believe more and more in the importance of planning that service and making it unique to each and every family.
Types of services
For those that choose traditional burial, many families choose to receive friends at the funeral home in the evening with a service following the next day either at the funeral home chapel or your family’s place of worship. This is usually followed by a committal service at the final resting place. Although many find it difficult to miss work to attend, another option is receiving friends the same day either before or after the service, or to have an evening service. Some choose to have the service at the cemetery only, and some may choose immediate burial with no service at all. Of course, there is an unlimited number of combinations you might choose, each of them as right as the other.
Just as there are with traditional funeral services, there are many options when cremation is the choice of final disposition. Some families choose to have a traditional service with viewing so everyone can say their good-byes, followed by cremation instead of earth burial. Other choices would include a memorial service after the direct cremation with no viewing, or no service held at all. Again, there are many options in between for you to consider.
Military and Fraternal Honors
Remembering the service to country and community of those we have lost is most appropriate, and whether that honor is to be provided by the military, the American Legion, the Masons, or others, we will assist in contacting and arranging for these honors.
One of the newest things that many funeral directors now offer is a professionally produced video tribute of someone’s life. We take pictures that you choose from your family’s favorites and weave them into a beautiful motion picture that can be played during the visitation and/or during the service itself.
Necessary Forms and Paperwork
While often left out of the discussion of services provided by your funeral director, many, many things have to be done. We will take care of some things and assist you in many others. From getting the death certificate signed by the appropriate person, filed and securing certified copies; notifying clergy, cemetery, and others that are to be part of the service; composing and submitting obituary information to local newspapers and radio stations; notifying Social Security and helping file Veteran’s Administration forms for flags, grave markers and other benefits, to helping you file insurance claims, John House’s Cave Spring Chapel stands ready to help in anyway we can to make a difficult time easier.