This time is set aside for the immediate family to view their loved one for the first time and usually stay for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a perfect time to make any changes to their loved one’s cosmetics and appearance. Families also find this time useful for getting acquainted to our facilities.
Day of the Service:
Parking: Covered family parking is available on the south side of the building. Please park facing west. You are parked in the wrong place if you have parked behind the funeral coach.
Gathering & Seating: The family will gather in the family room at approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the service. Members of our staff will close the casket while the family is gathering in the family room. Staff members will escort you into the chapel and assist with seating you.
Pallbearers: Pallbearers will receive instructions prior to the start of the service and will be seated together on the front pew on the right side of the chapel
Dismissal (with final viewing): Members of our staff will come down and re open the casket and will allow those who wish to view an opportunity to pass by and pay their respects. We will also provide an opportunity to exit without viewing for those who do not wish to view. We will pass attendees, then pallbearers, and the family will be the last to view.
Dismissal (without viewing): Members of our staff will come down and escort you to the Garden Court where you may visit and greet family and friends. The minister will provide a general dismissal.
Procession: Please make your way to your car and follow the directions of our staff. We will line up on the west side of the funeral home. The order will be Funeral Home lead car, minister’s car, funeral coach, and then immediate family followed by extended family and friends. Please turn on your headlights and emergency flashing lights.
Staff Interment: Members of our staff will take your loved one and any floral tributes to the cemetery. Please allow us 45 minutes to an hour to get everything in place before visiting the cemetery.
Restrooms & Water fountain
The men’s and women’s restroom as well as the water cooler are located in the hallway with the arrangement office. A family bathroom is located in the hall right next to the family room.
We do our best to deliver floral tributes that are not suitable for the cemetery to your home on the day of the service however, due to scheduling sometimes delivery will occur the next day.
Please do not hesitate to call us at (903) 663-3737 if you have any questions.