To help you pay tribute to a life and its significance.
To provide a final resting place for your loved one and a generational landmark for your family.
That is our mission at Laurel Oaks — and what special responsibilities those are. To quote the head of the National Cemetery Administration, a well-respected agency known for its insistence on perfection in military funerals: “You only get one chance to get it right.” We could not have said it better. At Laurel Oaks, we oversee every funeral as if it were for one of our own family members. The memory of the service, the day, the details, will stay with you and your family for years to come — and that memory should be worthy of your loved one and the life that has been lived.
From large funeral gatherings to an intimate service, from traditional burial sites to cremation niches and alternative resting places, from Internet memorials to personalized tributes, Laurel Oaks stands ready to assist you and make a difficult time easier
There are traditions and norms in our society, to be sure, but there is no one right way to hold a funeral. What’s important is that it reflects the life of your loved one, fulfills final wishes, and brings family and friends together for strength, solace and support.
A funeral often consists of three parts. However, you can opt for one, two or all three in whatever combination you prefer.
- Visitation: Typically, visitation at the funeral home — an expression of respect for the deceased and of condolences for the family — is held a day or two prior to the funeral service itself. Visitation can, but need not, include family or public viewing of the casket. Visitation can occur prior to burial, interment or cremation.
- Remembrance service: The service can take whatever form you want in whatever setting you choose. It can be held indoors or out. It can be religious or secular. It can be held in Laurel Oaks’ chapel, in a place of worship, in a room filled with mementos and photos, or at a site that was special to your loved one.
- Interment or burial: You have a variety of options at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park — our beautiful perpetual-care cemetery, mausoleum or columbarium. Other possibilities include having remains scattered at a special place, buried on your property or in a family burial plot elsewhere, or placed in an urn or other container for you to take home.
As a funeral home and memorial park, Laurel Oaks is prepared to serve your needs with a full range of remembrance services and resting place options.