Funeral & Cremation Services
There is no single proper funeral service. Its purpose is to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to consider the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. The living are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in planning the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
The funeral service helps people complete the relationship with the one who has died while providing a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. Typically during the funeral service, memories are shared, appreciation and final respects are paid and goodbyes are said. Family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.
Complete Funeral Service
Traditionally, the activities surrounding a death have included a Complete Funeral Service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased, allowing for closure and the opportunity to say goodbye to all those acquainted with the loved one. It is followed by a service in a church or at the funeral home, followed by the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains.
After, or In lieu of, services at a funearl home or church building, families may have a service at the graveside of their loved one. This often follows a time of visitation at the funeral home. When a graveside ceremony is to take place, the casketed remains are transferred to the cemetery prior to the service, or after the initial service at some other location. Burial may or may not be the concluding act of the service.
At Gately Funeral Home, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Gately Funeral Home is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
- Arranging funeral plans
- Securing necessary permits and death certificates
- Care and custody of the body
- Coordinating all details with the clergy
- Arranging the music you have selected
- Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
- Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
- Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
- Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
- Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
- All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
For more information about our Professional Services, please contact us by e-mail or call at 781-665-1949. We're here to help. We have provided funeral and cremation services to Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Saugus and Wakefield area families since 1889.
The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.
Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.
What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.
Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.
Cremation and Funerals
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor requires a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Gately Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services, call 781-665-1949.
Complete Cremation Service
The Complete Cremation Service is another option. This service is like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow it instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or rental casket in order for the deceased loved one to be present. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and cremation, the remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping.
Immediate or Direct Cremation Service
The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred, a requirement to acceptance and healing. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery and continuing with life after the loss of a loved one.
Importance of Memorialization
Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.
Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Gately Funeral Home allows the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:
Memorialization Options for Cremation
Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.
Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.
Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.
Personalized Memorialization – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our Merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.