Advantages of Graveside Services at Cemeteries in Summertown, TN

Many funeral services are held at a location away from the cemetery where the deceased will be laid to rest. After the funeral, the casket is taken to the graveside where a short committal service may occur before lowering it into the earth for burial. But what if a family prefers to conduct the entire funeral service there at the side of the grave? Planning a graveside funeral service in cemeteries in Summertown, TN is another meaningful funeral type with unique advantages. Here are several reasons why it could be right for your family:


1. On Location

A funeral service at the final resting place of a deceased loved one can be a powerful experience for those who attend. There at the grave, it affirms the finality of death and burial, and the wonder of the chance to live at all.

Although pain and anguish may endure for some time, many people feel a sense of closure there at the resting place of their loved one. Just knowing where they are in death, witnessing their funeral at their grave can help the grief-stricken to turn the page and begin their healing journey.

To add to the occasion, participating in the burial by throwing handfuls of earth onto an already lowered casket can stir deep emotional connection and bonds that will always be remembered.

On-site services can be arranged at any place of burial or interment, including gravesite, mausoleums, columbarium, urn garden, scattering site, etc.


2. Intimate Experience

If the family of the deceased prefer a small gathering of friends and relatives, a graveside funeral can be an appropriate option. This limited attendance often creates a more personal experience reserved for loved ones and close friends to share the burden of grief and loss that they feel.

However, if a large number of people will be attending the funeral, it is likely best to hold the funeral in an outside venue. You can thank attendees for coming, and let them know that the graveside committal service will be a private experience.


3. Reduced Cost

Choosing to hold a graveside service is less expensive than a full funeral or memorial service. By avoiding costs associated with full service, you may be able to eliminate or reduce some of the following expenses:

  • Funeral home staff support
  • Rental cost for funeral home chapel or other location
  • Rental cost for viewing location
  • Rental of limousines or transportation shuttling services
  • Embalming services
  • Funeral amenities, including elaborate flowers, and musicians

4. Brevity and Simplicity

Funerals held at the gravesite are often simplified in their approach. While many, if not all, of the elements of a traditional funeral are present, they tend to be less elaborate. For example, viewings held at the graveside of cemeteries in Summertown, TN are either very brief or not conducted. It may not be necessary to have pallbearers since the casket will likely be onsite at the start of the funeral. Because of weather and temperature, graveside funeral services are often reduced in length, for the comfort of those participating in the occasion. A funeral home will often provide a canopy and chairs to add comfort.

This shortened service length means that only one life sketch or eulogy is given instead of many. There are also fewer readings of scripture, poetry, and offered prayers. Flowers and memorabilia are less prevalent in an outdoor funeral setting. Music and performances tend not to occur at a graveside service either. Video tributes or other photo montages can be difficult to share outside, so they too are not usually included.


5.  Planning Support

When planning any funeral occasion, a funeral director or a life celebrant can be a mainstay of support during an emotionally troubling experience. In the absence of clear thought on the part of the family and those who have suffered loss, they can lend a steady hand.

An arrangement meeting with an expert will help you to clarify your intentions for the graveside service, as well as discover any of the deceased’s wishes if they were made known before they passed on. A funeral professional will ask detailed questions about what kind of disposition you would like, whether cremation or casket burial. They will help you decide on the time and location of services, help to coordinate the purchase of a grave plot if needed, write obituary notices, incorporate any cultural or faith elements, coordinate logistical support, etc.


Professional Funeral Care for Cemeteries in Summertown, TN

At Polk Memorial Gardens, our team of thoughtful and caring professionals is here to help your family. If you’re interested in holding funeral services for a fallen loved one at their grave in cemeteries in Summertown, TN, we can assist you in the process. Visit us today at 6465 Trotwood Ave Columbia, TN 38401. Or contact us at (931) 388-1803.

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