Glossary of Terms

Funeral- A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, respecting, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died and the body is present.

Entombment-This is when the body has been placed in its final resting place.

Cremation- the use of high-temperature burning, vaporization, and oxidation to reduce bodies, to basic chemical compounds and appear as dry bone. Cremated remains may be buried or interred in memorial sites, cemeteries, or legally retained by relatives and dispersed in various ways. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial  or other forms disposal.

  1. - This is a service with out the body being present.  The memorial may follow a Direct Burial and some families choose to schedule a memorial several weeks later in order to allow time for family and friends to travel and attend the service.

Direct Burial- This is a Graveside service and typically many folks are standing and the service is short in duration.

Celebration of Life - In recent years many families are now choosing a more positive approach in processing the grief of losing a loved one by turning the focus to a celebration of their loved one’s life.  Typically, this is after the entombment.

Obituary- a news article that reports the recent death of a person, typically along with an account of the person's life and information about the upcoming funeral.
In large cities and larger newspapers, obituaries are written only for people considered significant. In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death.

Death Notice- A paid advertisement that omits most biographical details and may be a legally required public notice under some circumstances.

Memorial Advertisement- A paid advertisement usually written by family members or friends and often with the help of the celebrant or funeral home.

Death Notice and Memorial Advertisement are paid advertisements and usually run as classified advertisements.