Jewish Funeral Traditions
The Process of a Jewish Funeral
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Now that you have thought more about burial or cremation for your loved one, you will need to choose the products such as caskets, cremation containers, personalization pieces and memorialization products. Below is a general idea of what can be available from a funeral home.
There are many factors to consider when choosing and purchasing a headstone. You have various options in the form of shape, size, material and design. There are rules and regulations for headstones and most cemeteries have different rules to follow that you must learn and understand. After finding out what these are, you can begin to customize your headstone for your loved one. If you choose a personalized monument, please understand that this could take up to 2 months for this to be complete. As a leading provider of Jewish headstones, we want to ensure your piece is flawless.
Funeral homes have a number of caskets that you can choose from. Choose from cloth caskets, wood caskets, metal caskets and others. Customize many of the caskets to pay a fitting tribute to your loved one.
Basically, a cremation vault acts to protect the urn. If you've chosen to inter a loved one's ashes on the grounds of a cemetery, you'll want to consider the purchase of a cremation vault. The final decision you make will depend on whether you'll plan an in-ground burial (called an "inurnment"), or intend placing the urn in a mausoleum or columbarium.
Outer Concrete Burial Vaults
Outer burial vaults are used primarily for two specific reasons:
Outer burial vaults range from the standard gold colored vault, which is a non-lined outer burial vault and serves as basic protection from the gravesite elements, to Lined outer burial vaults which are designed for families who wish a more permanent protective burial vault, lined vaults are constructed with a combination of concrete cores, steel reinforcement and with inner liner materials ranging from ABS plastic, Polystyrene, Stainless Steel to the maximum lining for the maximum protection available such as a Copper or Bronze lining. All of the above outer burial vaults have a unique tongue and grove design in the lid and the body of the vault. A special sealant is applied before the lid is moved into place. All outer burial vault lids have the deceased's name, year of birth and year of death inscribed on a special plate. The vault companies have the ability to personalize the lid of the vault upon the request of your funeral director.
Lined vaults are designed to protect the deceased and the casket against the entrance of any water or foreign grave elements. Professional installation, a gravesite canopy as well as the grave dressings and custom lowering device are all included in the price of the vaults listed.
As you begin to think about personalizing the funeral, turn your thoughts to your memories of the person who died. Think about his or her qualities and what he or she meant to others. Consider his or her passions, hobbies, pastimes, likes, dislikes.
You might try making a list of the following:
Personalize the elements of ceremony
Once you've given thought to the unique life and personality of the person who died, it's time to incorporate those memories into the funeral plan. Be creative as you, together with your family, friends, funeral director and the person who will lead the service, brainstorm how to remember and honor this special person.
A good way to personalize the funeral is to personalize the common elements of funeral ceremonies:
There are a number of ways to memorialize your loved one and ensure they are remembered and honored. Choose from a line of personalized stationary to send those attending the service home with a keepsake, or honor the life lived with a DVD tribute video. There are many memorialization options that can help you say your final goodbyes and remember a life well lived.
If you have questions or would like to explore your options, please contact us.