Services

When a loved one passes away, a meaningful ceremony can bring comfort and help healing begin. At Anderson Family Funeral Home, we can help you plan just such a service.

Our experienced, licensed funeral director will help your family arrange everything down to even the smallest of details. Like so many others in the community, you can count on us to handle everything for you on this special transition.

We are constantly enhancing and updating the information, so we hope you find it helpful.

 

Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funerals are a long-held tradition and a great way for loved ones and friends to pay their respects. They usually consist of some type of visitation arrangement, a memorial or funeral service, and a grave side burial.

A funeral or memorial service allows loved ones and friends the opportunity to celebrate and remember the life of the person they lost. This can be a wonderful way to find closure and peace during this sometimes difficult time.

We can help walk you through the options and provide the details you need to make the decisions on what type of funeral or memorial you'd like, while coordinating all the pieces together for a very special day.

 

"Green" Burials

Green burial is a set of body preparation, funeral and burial practices that allow a body to decompose naturally in a site specifically set aside for this type of grave. Body preparation is free of chemicals, caskets are biodegradable (or simple shrouds may be used), and no cement vault separates the deceased from the natural environment. Green burial is legal in all 50 states, but rules and regulations for dealing with human remains must be followed.

 

Graveside Ceremonies

Graveside services are very flexible and can be a stand-alone event, follow a traditional funeral, or precede a memorial. They typically only last about 20 - 30 minutes, but can be longer if this is the only services being chosen for the deceased. At a graveside ceremony, we setup enough chairs for the older guests and may setup a canopy or wind break for inclement weather conditions too. Ceremonies are usually led by a religious leader or a funeral director, or both, and include a few heartfelt thoughts, a prayer, and/or a song before the casket is lowered into the ground.

 

Cremation Services

Cremation is a relatively simple process. The body is placed in a container and transported to the crematorium. Once the body arrives at the crematorium, the mortician removes items from the body that the family does not want cremated such as jewelry as well as medical devices that can cause safety issues during the cremation process such as a pacemaker. The body is then placed in a specially designed furnace, or “retort”, and is incinerated at temperatures of 1400°F to 2000°F over the course of about 2-3 hours. At this point, the body has been totally reduced to bone fragments. Once these fragments are cooled, all metal debris (such as surgical pins and titanium limbs/joints) is removed and the bone fragments are pulverized into a fine powder, often referred to as “ashes”.

 

Donation to Science

Donating your body to science and research is a way for many individuals to continue to contribution to society even after death.
Working closely with a few select, but well-respected programs, Anderson Family Funeral Home can help facilitate this option for you.
Bodies donated can go to medical schools and colleges, research hospitals, labs and medical centers responsible for the training and continuing education of physicians and surgeons, and other organizations. Please keep in mind that some bodies are not suitable candidates for these programs, so it is always a good idea to think about what you want done if you are unable to donate your body to science.