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How To Plan a Graveside Service

Published: May 15, 2023
by Weeks' Funeral Homes

A graveside service is a funeral service that occurs at the cemetery or mausoleum. Usually, only family and close friends gather at the grave for the service. A graveside service is a simple event. Cemeteries in Buckley, WA can give you ideas on what to do for the event.

In general, graveside services are shorter than other funeral services. It is the point where families say their final goodbyes to their loved ones, so there are not as many activities during the service.

Benediction is an important part that comes at the end of the service. It can come as a prayer, a song, or a moment of silence that honors the dead. Benediction is used to end the service, and then the body or cremains are finally laid to rest.

Holding a graveside service can help with closure. Relatives get to say farewell and mourn their loss together. Graveside funerals are burial rites in some customs or religions. Each tradition holds its service its way, but the 'farewell' theme is a common ground.

Most often, there are no visitations at a graveside service. The line at a graveside is shorter, so you can hold a brief session.

Graveside services for military persons are unique; they have more funeral proceedings than the average graveside burial. It involves a military display from local active personnel.

You would spend much on a graveside funeral service. You do not have to pay for food, a hall or many flowers. You will only pay for transportation for the body and a guest that will anchor the ceremony (if you need one).

What To Prepare for a Graveside Service

  • Get a Moderator for the Service. The moderator or conductor can be a religious leader, a family member, or a friend.
  • Write a Eulogy. A eulogy is a speech that is delivered at funeral services that serve to honor the dead. You don't have to deliver the speech yourself, but you should take your time to write out a nice speech before the event. You can read as many eulogies as you want in other funeral services, but you only need a few for a graveside service.
  • Prepare Songs for the Event. You can choose to sing during the benediction. You should prepare songs if singing at other points during the service.
  • Prepare Some Flowers. Flowers are important for every funeral service. You don't need bouquets for decorations, only a few to drop in the grave or on the casket before interment.
  • Make Plans for Presentations. Apart from eulogies, you can present a poem, a tribute, or play a song on an instrument.
  • .Make Other Necessary Arrangements. You have to prepare a casket or urn, a means of transportation, a tent and chairs, and other things. All of these have to be in place before the service starts. You can hire a funeral home for the event since they have (or can deliver) all you need for the service.

Talk to a funeral director if you need further assistance planning a graveside service. Cemeteries in Buckley, WA have qualified personnel for your service.

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