Traditional Funeral Services
A traditional funeral service typically begins with a brief period of visitation for the mourners and their extended family and friends prior to the start of the funeral ceremony. The ceremony, which may take place in our funeral home, one’s synagogue, or directly at the cemetery or mausoleum, includes prayers, psalms, and eulogies (hesped) from clergy, family and friends. After the funeral ceremony concludes, a brief committal service is held for the burial (kevurah) or entombment. Those in attendance will take part in the burial by covering the casket with either a symbolic blanket of earth or completely covering the casket prior to leaving the cemetery. Some traditions exhibited at this time include using the shovel upside down and placing the shovel back into the earth rather than handing it directly to someone else.
There are many opportunities for personalization within the scope of a traditional funeral service. We will work with you to find the most connection to and comfort from the funeral rituals and ceremony.
Whether you are in need of local or out of the area burial arrangements, our directors can help arrange a variety of funeral ceremonies and committal services, including:
- Tahara (ritual washing) and Shomer (watcher) by the Chevra Kadisha
- Complete selections of Kosher wood caskets (Aron)
- Chapel, Synagogue, and Graveside Services
- Remote attendance via live stream for family and friends who cannot join in-person
- Observing the traditions and customs of our community’s clergy, fraternal lodges, and civic organizations
- Arranging military honors for our Veterans, including the presence of an honor guard, bugler, and firing squad as requested