Traditional Funeral Services
There are many different traditional funeral service options available to families who select burial as the final disposition for their loved one. A traditional service may include a viewing or a visitation prior to the actual funeral service. The visitation can take place the evening before the funeral, just prior to the funeral service, or at both times. A visitation is an option, however it is not required. You may choose an arrangement that does not include a viewing, such as a closed casket funeral or direct burial. Following the funeral service, friends and family usually drive to the cemetery in procession. The deceased may then be interred in the cemetery or entombed in a mausoleum following the committal service. At the Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., we offer the finest selection of caskets, burial vaults, and clothing available in the funeral industry today. These items can be customized to meet your personal tastes and needs. Through the use of memory tables, picture boards, photo collages, and Memorial DVD’s, funerals can be personalized to remember and honor the life of a loved one. We have the ability in our funeral homes to have live music played during the viewing or visitation and service. We also assist in arranging for dove releases, the rendering of military honors, horse drawn funerals, balloon releases, and other ancillary services to help make the funeral or memorial service more meaningful.
AN EVENING VIEWING OR VISITATION FOLLOWED BY A NEXT DAY FUNERAL AND GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE
This nighttime public viewing period provides an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to mourn, comfort each other and remember a life, which was lived well. A funeral service the following day, whether in a church or the funeral home, with the body present can be personalized to reflect the life and interests of the decedent, as well as their impact on the lives of others. The funeral service is normally followed by a procession to the cemetery and a graveside service for the final interment.
A DAYTIME VIEWING OR VISITATION WITH A FUNERAL AND GRAVESIDE COMMITTAL SERVICE
This option provides for a public visitation time followed by the funeral service either in the church, funeral home, or other location, with the body present. After a procession to the cemetery, the decedent is properly interred with a graveside service at the cemetery.
PRIVATE FAMILY VIEWING AND GRAVESIDE SERVICE FOLLOWED BY A PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE
A meaningful way to have private family time and a public ceremony, this option allows the family to privately mourn for their loved one, and to limit the size of the graveside ceremony. The family will often follow the graveside committal ceremony with a public memorial service at the funeral home, church or another location.
BASIC GRAVESIDE SERVICE
In cases where the family does not wish to have the funeral ceremony in the funeral home or place of worship, a burial can be performed with a graveside service to honor their loved one. This service can be as elaborate or as simple as the family chooses.
IMMEDIATE BURIAL (No Ceremony)
A direct or immediate burial of the body, in a sealed casket or container, has no formal ceremony.
Cremation Funeral Services:
There are many different ways to arrange a cremation service. At the Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., we understand that each family is different. We offer many different cremation options to meet your needs and preferences. We create a memorial experience that is tailored to your personal tastes. We require that ALL human remains be positively identified in the funeral home, family residence, or nursing home facility prior to the cremation process. If you have questions, or would like additional information regarding our cremation services, please feel free to contact us at any time.
COMPLETE FUNERAL SERVICE FOLLOWED BY CREMATION
"A personalized life commemoration with both a set visitation time and planned ceremonial events"
Choosing cremation does not limit your choices with respect to services prior to the cremation. You may have heard that choosing cremation means you cannot have a traditional funeral service, but this is NOT true. A family still has the ability to add thoughtful, personal touches and memorial observances to honor and remember the person who has died. The major difference between a traditional funeral service and a service followed by a cremation is instead of processing to a cemetery after the service, the body would be taken to the crematory. Once the body is cremated, the cremated body may be buried in a cemetery, entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium, or returned to the family. We offer a wide selection of hardwood caskets specifically designed for cremation. However, it is not required that families purchase a casket for cremation. In these cases, we offer a rental casket, which is used for the visitation and funeral service.
A VISITATION FOLLOWED BY CREMATION WITH A MEMORIAL SERVICE
"An opportunity for family and friends to come together in a planned tribute to a loved one"
Choosing this option allows a family to have a public visitation, as they would for a traditional funeral service, prior to the cremation. It allows for family and friends to view the deceased before the cremation process takes place. After the cremation, a memorial service may be held at the funeral home, place of worship, or another location of the family’s choice. This service can take place the same week, a month, or even several months following the cremation.
CREMATION WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE
"A set time for family and friends to visit share memories and show support"
Many families choose to have a memorial service after the cremation to honor and remember their loved one. A memorial service can be a time for family and friends to come together to deal with their loss and share their grief. A memorial service, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance; however, the body of the deceased is not present. An urn, which holds the cremated body, can be selected and displayed in our Cremation Ark for the memorial service. The memorial service can be held at a place of worship, the funeral home or any other appropriate location. The Cremation Ark (Shown in picture) is also designed to carry the urn, allowing the use of pallbearers, much like a traditional funeral service.
CREMATION WITH A GRAVESIDE SERVICE
"A small and simple service to remember a loved one"
After the cremation has taken place, friends and family may gather to celebrate the deceased’s life at a graveside memorial service. With this option, the cremated body is present at the time of the service and can either be inurned in the ground or placed into a mausoleum, niche, or columbarium.
SIMPLE OR DIRECT CREMATION
"No Visitation, No Farewell, Simple Disposition"
Direct cremation does not involve any sort of formal rite or religious service. After identification of the deceased by the family and a legally required waiting period of twenty-four hours, the body is cremated. Each body is cremated separately and the cremated body is returned to the family.
WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH THE CREMATED BODY?
After the cremation takes place, there are decisions to be made about what to do with the cremated body, such as selecting an urn, an urn vault, cremation jewelry, or other cremation products, if the family chooses to do so. We offer a wide selection of urns and other cremation products in our cremation display room for your consideration. If you are looking for something that we do not carry in our display room, we offer a complete list of urns and other cremation products that will better suit your needs. There are a great variety of urns and other cremation products available today.
There are other options as well. The cremated body can be buried in a cemetery or placed in a mausoleum, niche, or columbarium. Some cemeteries have special gardens where the cremated body may be scattered. Sometimes, families choose to have their loved one incorporated into an Eternal Reef or sent into space orbit through Celestis Company. Many families, who select these options, choose to have a service at that time.
Eternal Reefs, Inc. creates permanent living legacies that memorialize the passing of a loved one. For families and individuals that choose cremation, Eternal Reefs offers a new memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy. Families and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of their loved one's memorial reef. From placing your handprint in the damp concrete during the casting, making a rubbing of the bronze plaque during the viewing ceremony, or placing a flag on your loved one's memorial reef during our military honors ceremony, all Eternal Reefs' activities provide peace of mind for everyone involved. Please visit www.eternalreefs.com for more information.
MEMORIAL SPACE FLIGHT
Leaving Earth to touch the cosmos is an experience few have ever known, but many have often dreamed of. Celestis makes it possible to honor the dream and memory of your departed loved one by launching a symbolic portion of cremated remains into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface or into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available. Please visit www.celestis.com for more information
These signature services can be used with both Traditional and Cremation services, and can enhance the memorial experience. Listed below are some of the signature services that we offer at Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., that may be right for celebrating your loved one’s life.
MILITARY HONOR SERVICES
The rendering of Military Honors is a way to show the Nation’s deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country. This ceremonial paying of respects is the final demonstration a grateful nation can provide to the veterans’ families. This service is available to veterans who have been honorably discharged from the military. At Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., we will contact our local American Legion (Ray A. Master Post 217, American Legion, Topton, PA) and the active duty branch of service that your loved one served in, to provide these honors.
There is no better way to say goodbye to a loved one than to release doves in his or her honor. The dove release typically takes place at the cemetery at the end of the service, but can also take place at the funeral home or church. This is a wonderful way to pay lasting tribute to the dearly departed. The release can be done in two separate ways; a Trinity Release or an Angel Escort Release. A Trinity Release is when three birds are released representing the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. A moment later, a solitary dove representing your family member is released to fly home with the other doves. An Angel Escort Release is when a flock of 10 or 20 birds representing angels is released. A single white dove representing your family member is then released to be escorted home by the other doves.
When planning a memorial or funeral service, music can be comforting and uplifting to grieving friends and family. Whether the music is a piano, guitar, or singing, live music offers a much more personal touch than a CD or recording. This tribute can especially be meaningful if the deceased was a musician or just had the love for music. What a great final gift to give to your loved one to really express how much their life meant to you.
HORSE DRAWN FUNERAL COACH OR CAISSON
Make your loved one's last journey one that will be forever remembered and cherished by family and friends. A special farewell for a special person. When was the last time you saw a funeral procession being led by a pair of majestic Friesian horses hitched to a beautiful Horse Drawn Hearse? The passing of a President? A Horse Drawn Hearse may be the answer to that age old question. How can we show the world how special our loved one was to us? This unique and dignified option is available to us at anytime.
MOTORCYCLE FUNERAL COACH
Forever Remembered Hearse Company's trailer service is unique in the fact that, while we offer our service to anyone who requests it, the driver is always a licensed funeral director. Our belief is two-folded: to offer a service that is not cost prohibited, but more importantly, to provide a service that gives families a lifetime of memories while celebrating a person's life that truly loved and embraced the open road. If you have enjoyed the experience of motorcycling, our desire is to engage a “last ride” that will be more memorable than riding in a traditional Cadillac or Lincoln funeral coach.
CLUB OR CIVIC ORGANIZATION SERVICES
Many individuals who dedicate their time to a club, fraternal, or other civic organizations during their lifetime, choose to have a special service performed by a specific organization at their funeral. These special ritual services usually take place prior to the religious services. Some of the organizations that provide these services include the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Order of the Eastern Star, Lion’s Club, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, just to name a few. For more information on having these services, please ask our funeral home staff.
It's amazing how the life of one person can touch the lives of others in such a profound way. Sadly, when that person passes from this life, the natural fading of memory caused by time makes it difficult to preserve their essence and influence for future generations. Memorial Videos are a meaningful and comforting way to commemorate the lives of loved ones, and to ensure that their wit and wisdom can be shared for years to come. It is a collection of captured moments set to the music that was the soundtrack of their times. In essence, it is the tale of a unique individual in the words, pictures, songs and relationships that marked a lifetime.
The sound of the bagpipe adds a solemn and dignified touch to the funeral ceremony and can communicate a sense of closure. There is no doubt that the mournful and soulful sounds of the bagpipe release the emotions that are held inside. Bagpipers can be used at the funeral home, church, cemetery, or other locations for the funeral or memorial ceremony.
Other Services We Proudly Offer To Our Families
- Professional, Licensed Funeral Directors and support staff available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Transfer of the deceased from the place of death into our care.
- Professional, Licensed Funeral Directors to coordinate vital statistics and obituary information; scheduling funeral or memorial services and visitations; selecting funeral related merchandise (Caskets, Burial Vaults, Urns, Memorial Book and Stationary, Flowers, etc.) to create a memorable experience for the family.
- Obtaining the death certificate from the doctor or medical examiner, completing vital statistics information and filing with our local registrar.
- Obtaining other legal authorizations for final disposition.
- Professional, Licensed Funeral Directors to conduct services and visitations.
- Professional, Licensed Funeral Directors on staff to perform the technical preparation and necessary care of your loved one.
- On site refrigeration facilities available (precludes unnecessary or undesired embalming.)
- Contacting local and out of town newspapers and coordinating obituary and services information.
- Coordinating funeral or memorial arrangements with clergy and church staffs.
- Coordinating funeral or memorial arrangements with cemetery personal.
- Assisting with the selection of floral tributes, such as casket sprays, hinge sprays, etc., by coordinating the arrangements with the florist of your choice.
- We offer assistance and recommendations in arranging funeral luncheons and caterers, if requested.
- Notifying Social Security and applying for Veteran’s benefits.
- Assistance with life insurance claims at no cost to you.
- We have an on-staff Notary Public.
- Comfort and dignity of late model, professional Cadillac commercial chassis vehicles.
- We proudly sponsor a free “Living with Loss” support and discussion group, through Diakon Social Ministries, which meets several times a year, for those grieving the death of a loved one. Feel free to contact us for further information.
- Each December, we host a Holiday Memorial Service of Remembrance to remember and honor the lives of the deceased, whose families we have served in the past year.
- We provide assistance to families with brochures on bereavement, funeral etiquette, explaining death to children, suicide, values of the funeral, and advance planning.
- Our professional staff is available to churches, civic organizations and other groups for public speaking engagements to help people better understand the funeral profession and the many service options available.
- There are also many other considerations that we can provide for families and organizations upon request.