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Funeral Services

Family and friends gather together for a ceremony to honor a loved one’s life. The type of service is based on the deceased’s faith or culture while overall providing a sense of closure to the family and friends that have come together on this day.

Decisions need to be made about the location of the funeral,the choice of casket or urn, who will be selected as pallbearers, as well as who will be officiating the service. You can choose to have a minister (or other religious leader) or a celebrant to officiate the service. The difference between a minister and a celebrant is that a celebrant is non-denominational.

Although faith or culture may change certain elements of a funeral service, there are many personalization elements that bring a service together to honor the deceased.

A funeral service is one of the most important steps of the grieving and healing process of the bereaved. You may opt to have a traditional religious or military service, or as more and more people are doing, you can choose to have a non-traditional ‘life celebration’. At a funeral service, a casket or an urn is present depending on if burial or cremation was chosen, though you have various options, such as the casket being open or closed.

Here at, Cannon Funeral Home, we are here to help you every step of the way and provide you with everything you need to arrange a funeral service that truly honors your loved one’s life. Which ever arrangements you decide on for a funeral, the service will follow a clear path that fulfills the wishes of a loved one and will be a service you can remember them by.

Frequently Asked Questions About Funerals

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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