A FUNERAL SERVICE is one of the most important and symbolic events of our lifetime. It should be personal and reflective of the individual being honored.

In order to help you with the decision regarding the type of service best addresses your need, we are providing a listing of THREE of the most common forms of service. Know that neither of the three need be exclusive of the other. Many of the most memorable services are a personalized blending of all three forms – the personal touch of that blend is totally up to you.

Know that we are always here to assist in any way possible.


A Traditional Service

  • These are a few of the most common and recognizable characteristics of what most people view as a “Traditional” service:
  • Coordinated funeral service with minister, musicians, etc
  • Songs are primarily religious-themed hymns. Stith offers an extensive music library
  • The service takes place in a funeral home or church
  • Burial or cremation with a rental casket (rental casket highlighted link to ‘what is’)

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A Celebration of Life Service

These are a few of the most common and recognizable characteristics of what most people view as a “Celebration of Life” service:

  • Music is more contemporary and personalized to tell the story of your loved one
  • Services hosted by a non-ministerial “Celebrant” with minister in a supportive role
  • Many times the Service and the Reception are combined
  • Incorporates much of the personality of the deceased through display of their interests, hobbies and such.

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 An Alternative Service

These are a few of the most common and recognizable characteristics of what most people view as a “Celebration of Life” service:

  • Characterized by less formal services that celebrate the unique life of your loved one
  • May be located at a non-typical location: a ball field, park, store, etc
  • May feature a “traveling” experience from one place to another
  • More often includes an Eco-friendly burial or cremation

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