A funeral should simply be fitting for the person who passed and the family and friends who survive them.
This is an opportunity to be creative and to share an honest expression of your most heartfelt values. There are no rigid rules that need to be followed, but there are guidelines (both religious and general) that can help you if you are unsure how you might proceed. Of course, if you have any questions on these religious traditions, we along with your clergy are here to answer them.
Traditional Funeral Service:
A service is held in the presence of the person who has passed. A member of the clergy usually officiates, and the service is most often held within one to three days of one’s passing. The services are facilitated by Joseph Levine & Sons professional staff. Relatives and friends paying their respect often precede the start of a funeral. The service is usually held at one of our locations, a synagogue or possibly a residence. There is usually a religious message to the ceremony. The ceremony itself often consists of readings,prayers, and/or a eulogy and can be interspersed with music. After the funeral,there usually is a procession to the gravesite, where a brief committal service concludes the ceremony. When planning a funeral, the family decides whether the service will be public or private.
The committal service is held at the gravesite. The committal is usually in addition to a funeral or memorial service and is the occasion at which those in attendance say their last goodbyes. In cases of traditional burial, the committal service is usually held immediately following the funeral service. In cases when cremation follows the funeral service, the final committal may take place several days later at the cemetery or columbarium. The committal service is often brief.
A graveside service is held entirely at the gravesite. A member of the clergy usually officiates, and the service is most often held within one to three days of one’s passing. Relatives and friends paying their respects often precede the start of a graveside funeral.The service is supervised by a Joseph Levine & Sons funeral director. There is usually a religious message to the ceremony. The ceremony itself often consists of readings, prayers, and/or a eulogy. When planning a graveside funeral, the family decides whether the service will be public or private.
*Additional information and vocabulary relative to traditional funerals, along with poems and prayers, maybe found in our virtual prayer book.
**If your loved one’s wish was for cremation or another alternative to burial, we can assist you in ensuring their wishes are carried out, while ensuring the elements of a traditional funeral, such as prayers, poems, and eulogies, are included. Our licensed funeral directors can arrange to have services in one of our chapels or in another location of your choice, and will work with you to ensure your loved one’s life is properly commemorated.