This meeting between you and the funeral
director serves as the foundation for creating a meaningful
funeral. During this conference, the funeral director will gather
important information about the person who died and help you make
The visitation is a time for family and
friends to support one another in their grief. Often the body is
present in an open or unopened casket, allowing those who loved
the person who died to acknowledge the reality of the death and to
have the privilege of saying goodbye. Receiving friends through a
visitation activates the family's support system and allows people
to express their concern and love for each other.
The funeral procession from the service to
the gravesite is usually led by the hearse containing the casket.
The procession is a symbol of mutual support and a public honoring
of the death. Mourners accompany one another to the final resting
place of the person who died.
How a body will be cared for after a death is
an important decision. Today, most people in America are buried or
entombed. People select burial based on a number of factors
including the desire to keep with tradition or, in some cases, for
religious or cultural reasons.
Some people prefer entombment, which means
the body is buried in an aboveground monument such as a mausoleum.
Cremation is a meaningful option when
accompanied by visitation time beforehand, a memorial service, a
committal or scattering ritual or, ideally, all three.
Burial at Sea
Two reasons for
burial at sea are if the deceased died while at sea and it is
impractical to return the remains to shore, or if the deceased died
on land but a burial at sea is requested for private or cultural
In the latter case,
the body might be cremated
and an urn containing ashes is committed to the ocean, or the ashes
are scattered on the water.
.Out-of State Services
. Memorials Services
MALVERNE FUNERAL HOME
Anthony J. Walsh & Son, Inc.
330 Hempstead Avenue
Malverne, N.Y. 11565