Maryland Funeral Services
We invite you to read this section of our site to learn the really simple answer to the question "what is a funeral?" Should you have questions about what you read here, we encourage you to call us at 410-665-2000. One of our funeral professionals will be delighted to answer all of your questions and help you decide if a funeral service is right for your situation.
Components of a Traditional Funeral Service
A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.
Typically, a traditional funeral service in Maryland includes:
Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.
What Is a Funeral Service?
Each component of a funeral service is intended to engage the guests in activities which will transformtheir status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived.
It could be said then, the focus of a funeral lies in acknowledging change. And without doubt, people have trouble dealing with profound changes like the death of an integral member of the group. When you take this perspective, it becomes easier to understand the importance of ceremonially acknowledging the loss of a loved one.
Our Maryland Funeral Services
For families and individuals living in Baltimore, Kingsville or surrounding areas, a funeral service can mean many things. Some fall back on what is commonly called a "traditional funeral"; others see that same traditional funeral service as an emotionally unfulfilling event. Fortunately, thanks to a number of unique social forces, there are alternatives. Today, end-of-life commemorative services range from the traditional funeral, to a memorial service and the increasingly popular celebration-of-life.
If you have questions regarding our Maryland funeral services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Call 410-665-2000 to speak with one of our experienced funeral service professionals.We have years of experience helping families within Maryland and would be honored to assist you and your family as well.
Huntington, Richard and Peter Metcalf, Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual, Cambridge University Press, 1979.