Whether you choose a traditional or a contemporary ceremony, a funeral provides a profound experience that ultimately aids in the grieving process. By gathering your family and friends you give testimony to the life of your loved one, you celebrate the relationships shared, and you provide a time and place for all who were part of their life to come together in a reflective setting.
- Visitation and/or viewing with family and friends gathering
- Funeral ceremony with your loved one present
- Location choices: Funeral home, church or another location of your choosing
- Committal service and disposition of your loved one (earth burial, entombment, or cremation) follows the ceremony
- Reception sharing food and beverage at funeral home, church or another location of your choosing
- Ceremony takes place at the site of the burial with the casket or cremation urn.
- Reception sharing food and beverage at funeral home or another location of your choosing
This is a formal or informal ceremony for family and friends without your loved one present. This may take place anywhere, anytime in conjunction with any other service options.
We encourage remembrance with each family according to their own traditions, culture and financial means. There are many options and ideas that can be combined to create a fitting and memorable tribute. The best cost estimate will come from sharing your ideas with a funeral director or advance planning consultant. They will provide you with a general price list and an accurate estimate for your review. To obtain a funeral cost estimate, contact Cress Funeral Service, (800) 235-9681.
During the funeral planning process, you will most likely consider the following services and merchandise:
- Professional services of the Cress funeral director and staff
- Embalming – Typically, embalming is not required by law. However, certain types of services (e.g., open casket visitation), health concerns or time factors may necessitate embalming.
- Transportation and care of your loved one
- Use of the funeral home or your choice of facilities
- Casket, urn, vault or other outer burial container; includes clothing, register book, memorial folders, prayer cards, etc.
- Vehicles – May include funeral coach (hearse), limousines, escort, etc.
- Crematory charges
- Cemetery charges – These may include the cost of the grave, opening and closing of the grave and a tent for the committal service (if desired).
- Monument and inscription
- Certified copies of the death certificate
- Permit fees
- Clergy honorarium
- Musician’s honorarium
- Newspaper notices
- Reception and caterer fees