Now it is time to think about how you would like the service to look and feel. It should be a celebration of life, an observance that meets the emotional needs of your family and commemorates the life that has been lived.
Traditionally, a service is held in the chapel of the funeral home, or at the graveside. Very often families choose to have a service in their temple or synagogue.
What Day of the Week and Time of the Day are Best?
Naturally, the answers to this question depend on the location you've selected, and the schedules of those you wish to attend. If you have concerns about the weather, an indoor service is probably a good choice.
Who Will Officiate the Service?
You can choose to have your own family rabbi officiate at the service. If you are not affiliated with a congregation, we will be able to select a rabbi for you.
There are Other Decisions, Too
Actually, these are the decisions which really shape and personalize the service. For example, you will need to decide.
- Will there be an open casket?
- Will there be transportation provided, to and from the service for friends and family?
- Will there be a traditional eulogy? And if so, who will present it?
- Will you have a time in the service where people can share memories of your loved one?
- If there is to be a burial, will it be private, or open to all who choose to come?
- Are there close personal friends or business partners you'd wish to have a service responsibility?