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Different Types of Funeral Services

When a loved one passes away, things become hard for the family. Time is needed to recover from their loss, and that is why funeral services are held to commemorate and help in the acceptance and healing process. There are different types of funeral services – traditional or complete, memorial, graveside, complete cremation, and immediate disposition.


Traditional funeral services are the most common type of service done for the deceased. Embalming is needed for the remains since the viewing may take a few days to a week, and it is required by law that all bodies placed for viewing for more than 12 hours need to be embalmed.

CremationDuring the public viewing, the casket can be opened or closed – it all depends on the discretion of the family. The viewing can be done at home, at a chapel, or at a funeral home. After the viewing, a procession to the cemetery may occur, and the casket may be carried by a hearse.

A memorial or commemorative service can be done on the grave if deemed necessary by the family. They can also choose whether they want their loved one to be buried above ground or on ground level. If the body is going to be ground-buried, a grave liner is required to hold the earths’ weight.

This is considered an expensive type of service since it requires a casket, burial clothes, viewing location, embalming, cemetery crypt or plot, transport vehicles, flowers, funeral goods, and certain services.


Graveside services are a commemorative service done prior to the burial, either on the graveside or at the chapel. Here’s something not many know about a graveside service – it doesn’t have to be part of the funeral, meaning it can be given its own schedule.


Memorial services are done when there is no body for viewing. These are often done when the body was buried immediately, cremated, or was not recovered or found. If cremated, an urn will be presented instead of a casket.


A complete cremation service follows the same process as the traditional service. The only difference is that there is no burial that will follow after the viewing, instead the body will be cremated. Caskets are either rented out or special cremation caskets are bought instead of the traditional caskets.

The ashes of the deceased can be placed in an urn to be kept in their homes, in a cemetery plot, or in a columbarium. If the deceased or the family wishes the ashes to be scattered in a special place instead, a permit must first be acquired. Do keep in mind though, that while cremation is often perceived as cost friendly, it still entails certain fees most of the time.

Immediate Disposition

Immediate disposition is a non-commemorative funeral. The deceased is either cremated, buried, or the body is donated to medical science as soon as possible after death. There are no funeral services done to remember the life of the deceased.

However, there are special ceremonies done during the funeral service when the deceased is part of a special organization such as the military or the police. There are times when these funeral services are not done and followed because of the family’s religious customs and beliefs, as well as their cultural traditions.

Wakes have been held since the ancient times because it is a custom to watch the deceased before burial to make sure that no one’s being buried alive by mistake, or in hopes that the deceased will “wake up” once more. Having a wake is an important step for families, as it helps them accept death and facilitates the healing process.

Author Bio:
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel has been the premier North Knoxville Funeral Home since 1948. Whether you are in need of traditional funeral options or cremation, we can accommodate any need, and any budget.

Rules of Challenge Coins

During the Vietnam War Era, leisure time became a commodity. American soldiers posted in Southeast Asia made the most out of whatever leisure time was available. They’ve caught up on their lack of sleep, wrote letters to their most loved ones, and let off steam while in bars, which somehow became the most prevalent option. Upon entering the bar, an individual may be challenged by members of the team he’s part of to show his personalized bullet. Should he fail to do so, he would be accountable for paying the challengers’tabs. Otherwise, the challengers would be the ones buying the drinks for everyone who brought their bullets with them. This, apparently, is one of the purposes that challenge coins are meant for.

However, know that there are rules for the challenge. Initially, all rules should be exposed to members who have been issued with the coin. Given how the challenge goes, it is an absolute must that each one carry their coin with them at all times. The challenge can be done not only within the hootch bar, but also in other places, and there’s no period when one can relax. Additionally, the coin should be presented not exceeding 4 steps.

challenge coinsAt first, the challenger will state the cost, which could be a single beer or an entire round. If the challenged fails to produce the coin for whatever reason, he would buy drinks of an amount stated by the challenger. Because the price could be very costly, every coin holder should never keep his coin out of reach. The challenge cannot be challenged again.

If those who’ve been challenged produced their challenge coins, the challenger would be the one buying drinks for the respondents, which is why the challenger should be wise as to know whether the challenge is holding his coin or not.

There should be no circumstances where the coin is passed on to another member as a response to the challenge. Whoever may receive the coin in this process will be keeping the coin as his new belonging. However, this coin ownership does not apply if the coin’s owner simply places his coin on the ground and another member checks on it for examination. The coin will remain with its original owner, regardless of whoever touches the coin to examine it. Those who are examining the coin cannot make a challenge during this process. Once a “ransom” has been negotiated, the examiner should return the coin to its owner.

In the case that there’s a lost coin, it’s up to the person whether it’ll be replaced or not. Challenge coins should be replaced as soon as possible, because once it’s lost without any replacement, the owner will still be responsible for the price of losing the challenge.

The rules apply to every member, whether he is wearing a set of clothes or come to a place unclothed. The only thing he could do to produce a coin is a single step and one arm’s reach. Challenge coins are what they are and not buckles of a belt, necklaces, or key chains. A coin can be considered valid when worn around its owner’s neck.

It is the owner’s responsibility to hold on to his coin wherever he is, at all times. It’s not meant to be given to another person, which can be considered as opening fraternity to other people. Being issued with challenge coins should be regarded as an honor, so it must be kept that way. This has a lot more value that those that a person may have bought from someone. Furthermore, a person is not allowed to drill a hole onto the coin.