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Burial Services

Up until recent decades, burial has been the most common final disposition method families choose. Traditionally, families will have their loved one embalmed, placed in a casket, and displayed for a viewing. After the funeral services are over, the casket holding the deceased will be placed in the ground and buried. A grave marker will be placed in the ground so families can visit their loved one’s grave later on.

What is a Burial?

Burial is a type of final disposition where the deceased is placed into the ground. Traditionally, the deceased is embalmed and placed into a casket that is buried. However, natural burials are becoming more common. Typically, in this case, the body isn’t embalmed and is simply buried as is or even wrapped in a shroud and then buried. 

 

It’s also common to do burial after cremation. This means that the deceased’s ashes are placed into the ground and buried. Typically, a grave marker or headstone will be placed where the ashes are buried. However, it is also common for people to keep their loved one’s ashes or even scatter them at a later time. 

There also is above-ground burial or entombment. This is when the deceased’s body is placed in a casket, which then remains in a mausoleum. 

Why Choose Burial?

Typically, a funeral includes a visitation, funeral service, burial or cremation, and a post-funeral reception. However, these traditions may vary depending on your religious and personal beliefs, and you can customize your service to create a truly unique funeral experience.

At the visitation, you may view your loved one, express your condolences to the grieving family, view any memorial displays or videos, and sign the funeral register book. The funeral service is typically at a church, funeral home, or another significant location. It may include a eulogy, scripture readings, prayers, memorial songs, and other meaningful tributes.

 

If you choose to bury your loved one, there also may be a funeral procession to the cemetery. After the burial or cremation, everyone may gather at the service location or another place for a post-funeral reception for a meal and sharing memories of your loved one.

Burial Service Types

Whether you want a traditional in-ground burial or an above-ground entombment in a mausoleum, our funeral home’s staff can help you plan a meaningful burial service.  

 

Some burial services you can choose from are: 

  • An immediate burial without a visitation or service. Your family may decide on this option if your loved one requested that there was no visitation or service. However, the funeral isn’t just about the person being honored. It’s a way for their family and friends to begin their grief journeys.
  • A visitation with an open or closed casket before the funeral service or burial. Having a visitation before the funeral service gives you an opportunity to pay your respects to the deceased and express your condolences to their family.
  • A funeral service at a funeral home, church, or another location. This typically includes prayer, readings, singing of hymns, and a eulogy about the deceased’s life.
  • A graveside service at the cemetery. You can have a graveside service instead of a traditional funeral service or in addition to a funeral service. A graveside service takes place before the burial.
  • A celebration of life service. This is similar to a traditional funeral service, but provides more opportunities for personalization. It’s often held at a unique location and more celebratory in tone rather than somber. It also can include a burial service like with a traditional service. Or, it may take place well after the funeral service, so family and friends can continue to celebrate and honor their loved one’s memory.

You also can choose to have a graveside service in addition to or instead of a traditional funeral service.

Ready to Plan a Burial Service?

Whatever your preferences on burial services, our knowledgeable staff can help craft a service that reflects families’ funeral and burial service wishes.  

 

Visit our funeral home or contact us to learn more about burial services.

Spring Valley Funeral & Cremation - New Albany, IN 
Phone: (812) 941-8477
Fax: (812) 941-8478
1217 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN 47150

Spring Valley Funeral & Cremation - Louisville, KY
Phone: (502) 742-8016
Fax: (812) 941-8478
719 East Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY, 40202


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