Funeral Services

Sometimes the thought of planning a funeral seems too difficult for those who've suffered a loss. We're here to help lighten your burden and remind you of the true value a ceremony can hold for you and your family. 

The Mulhearn Family is very attentive to the request of the families we serve and are sensitive to their religious beliefs. Our directors and staff members are very good listeners and want your family to share your views concerning the ceremony that would most express the wishes of your loved one.

We believe a funeral should honor a loved one, share the wonderful times had together with family and friends, and celebrate the life that they lived here on earth. Each and every family plans a ceremony in a different way. We want to help you family plan a meaningful and personalized ceremony. This will help each family we serve with the process of grief we all go through following the loss of a loved one.



Personalize the Funeral Ceremony

We suggest family members to share personal stories and special memories about their loved one with their minister, priest, rabbi, friend, etc. to incorporate with the message of the ceremony. Photographs are used on Memory Boards or Tables during visitation hours and funeral or memorial services. Favorite hobby items should be brought and displayed. This really shows the interest of our loved ones such as: golf, tennis, books, playing or rook cards, sewing, gardening utensils, fishing or hunting, quilting, woodworking, crossword puzzles or any other items that relate to the loved one.


Family members or close friends are encouraged to participate in the services with some part of the eulogy. This could be scripture readings, poetry, or just some brief comments. Our ancestors passed this down to our generation, it is under our watch and our family members have built a very strong reputation within the communities we serve of being their in your time of need. It is not just a business, it is our heritage.


 

The Healing Power of Memorial Services

Coping with a loss is never easy, and services are an essential part of the recovery process. A Funeral service provides those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing and peace. No matter the setting, style, or direction you choose, our professional staff are honored to assist you in creating a service that reflects your loved one's unique life journey.

 


Burial Services

There are different elements you can choose from when arranging a burial, depending upon your individual needs and preferences:

Immediate Burial means that your loved one's physical remains will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.


Visitation
(also called a "viewing", "wake" or "calling hours") allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one (in an open or closed casket) and gives everyone the opportunity to say goodbye and offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.


Funeral or Memorial Services
can take place at a funeral home, in a church or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. For more information on personalization, visit our page on Celebrating Life.


Graveside, Chapel, or Committal Services
are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.

 


Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case - when you choose to care for the physical remains through cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life: you can provide a chance for friends and family to say goodbye through a final viewing before the cremation, and you can also hold a formal service either before or after the cremation occurs. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.


Graveside Services
are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.


Scattering
allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for internment or another form of disposition.


Placing cremated remains in multiple urns
allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.

 


Live Funeral Webcasting

We can help you use technology to bring together family and friends from all over the world in honor of a loved one who has passed. Webcasting you loved one's service gives those who are unable to travel the ability to see the service live or watch it later at their convenience. This is an especially meaningful solution for loved ones who are serving overseas and cannot attend the funeral in person.

 
 
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