Obituaries

Helen Pietal
B: 1927-03-05
D: 2018-04-18
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Pietal, Helen
Claire Carter
B: 1946-05-30
D: 2018-04-08
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Carter, Claire
Eileen Kney
B: 1929-08-02
D: 2018-04-07
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Kney, Eileen
Richard Dumont
B: 1939-03-24
D: 2018-04-06
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Dumont, Richard
Elaine King
B: 1935-09-13
D: 2018-04-03
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King, Elaine
Chandrakant Khatri
B: 1941-11-01
D: 2018-04-02
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Khatri, Chandrakant
Robert Simonelli
B: 1929-08-01
D: 2018-03-29
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Simonelli, Robert
Julie Flynn
B: 1974-06-08
D: 2018-03-27
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Flynn, Julie
Domenick Freda
B: 1936-03-22
D: 2018-03-25
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Freda, Domenick
Richard Dyson
B: 1977-05-02
D: 2018-03-25
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Dyson, Richard
Susan Dussault
B: 1963-08-27
D: 2018-03-23
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Dussault, Susan
Alexandra Valoras
B: 2000-11-19
D: 2018-03-19
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Valoras, Alexandra
Mary Ann Smith
B: 1945-10-20
D: 2018-03-18
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Smith, Mary Ann
Lisa Giovanelli
B: 1962-04-26
D: 2018-03-16
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Giovanelli, Lisa
Brian Kelley
B: 1964-03-24
D: 2018-03-13
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Kelley, Brian
Shawn Contois
B: 1984-08-02
D: 2018-03-10
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Contois, Shawn
Margaret Brosnan
D: 2018-03-08
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Brosnan, Margaret
Stanley Matuzek
B: 1924-05-14
D: 2018-03-06
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Matuzek, Stanley
Hazel Simpson
B: 1928-04-10
D: 2018-03-06
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Simpson, Hazel
James Byrum
B: 1938-09-24
D: 2018-02-27
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Byrum, James
Laura Dodge
B: 1924-09-12
D: 2018-02-27
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Dodge, Laura

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (508) 839-4491 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014