It is important to recognize that funerals are for the living, for those who will suffer the trauma of losing a loved one. It is through the funeral process that a number of emotional needs are met for those who grieve.
A funeral is similar to other ceremonies in our lives. Like a graduation ceremony, a wedding, a baptism, and a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event that distinguishes our lives. Regardless of the final disposition, whether it is burial or cremation, funerals serve a purpose.
The funeral acknowledges that a death has occurred. It commemorates the life that has been lived, and offers family and friends the opportunity to pay tribute to their loved one.
The gathering of family and friends for the visitation and funeral service helps to provide emotional support so needed at this time. This will help those who grieve to face the reality of death and consequently, to take the first step toward a healthy emotional adjustment.
Planning a funeral, while dealing with a loss, is often more than a family can bear. The respectful and understanding staff of the L. C. May Funeral Services is uniquely qualified to help you through this process. We are available to assist you and your family with every aspect of funeral planning, from memorial services, monuments, and cemetery needs, to insurance claims and obituaries. We are also dedicated to help you apply for veterans benefits, social security benefits, and when applicable, public assistance.
We offer a wide range of options to families who call upon us. From simple burial and cremation to full visitation, we can help you arrange services that are meaningful and affordable.
A traditional funeral service is when the loved one is present at the services. Generally the visitation is held the same day as the service or the visitation can be held the night before the funeral at the funeral home or church or a facility the family has selected. Following the service, a procession to the cemetery for the committal service and burial normally follows or if cremation has been selected the deceased is returned to the funeral home and the family attends repast.
The choice of Cremation in no way eliminates a funeral. There are three or more services that include cremation that are acceptable with most faiths. A traditional or contemporary service is often planned where the cremation process follows at the end. The funeral home offers a rental casket which can assist in the reduction of cost.
Some families select a traditional service with viewing and funeral at the funeral home or a local church that will end with cremation. In making arrangements for the service it is important to communicate your wishes or the wishes of the deceased to the funeral director. The funeral professional can help you plan a personalized service that will be meaningful and will commemorate the life of your loved one. At the conclusion of services, the loved one is returned to the funeral home and the cremation is performed. The family has the options to; (A) scatter the ashes, (B) purchase an urn and keep the ashes at their residence, (C) Purchase a niche at a cemetery for placing the urn (D) bury the urn in a cemetery selected by the family.
Memorial Service (without body present). A memorial service can be held at the funeral home, church, or your community center near the time of death or several weeks following the passing of your love one. Your funeral director can assist in the planning of such event.
Direct Cremation - A cremation where no visitation or funeral is planned. The deceased is taken to the funeral home and held for the 48 hours wait period (per the state regulation). During the waiting period the required documents are processed. The cremains are returned to the family.
We are an established funeral home with over 50 years experience. When death occurs away from your home city or in a distant city while a family member or friend is visiting, call us first. If this is the case; Please do the following; (1) Have the person in charge confirmed the death (2.) Obtain address and telephone where deceased is located. (3). Call L.C. May Funeral Services (765-643-0744). We will be able to assist you in making arrangements and can help the family save money if called first. We will make the required arrangements to get your loved one back to the city of your choice.