Three Types of Funeral Services in Chicago, IL

December 16, 2016 12:50 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to funeral services, something to keep in mind is that your wishes—or the wishes of a loved one who was involved in pre-planning—need to be acknowledged. A funeral home should not offer only one type of generic service, and they should listen to and respect your wants. Luckily, at Marik-Baken Funeral Services Ltd., we don’t do cookie cutter services. Our compassionate staff listens to families and will work with them to guarantee a funeral service that matches their parameters. But what if you are not familiar with services like funerals or private cremation? That’s where we come in.

First, know that funeral services—with or without a casket present—can be held in a number of places. Churches, chapels, other houses of worship, a funeral home or the gravesite are not unusual locations for traditional funerals. As an overview of the possibilities available to you, let’s take a look at three common types of funeral services in Chicago, IL.


Traditional funeral services typically include at least one time when family, friends and other mourners can visit an open or closed casket on the day of the funeral. Here, they can express their condolences and say their final goodbyes. Traditional funerals may also be a simple, yet lovely, service to remember the departed, or designed to be only a day visitation for mourners. Afterward, the departed may be transported in a hearse to their final resting place.


If a traditional funeral service is not desired, then a family may choose to cremate their loved one. In this case, an urn is needed to hold cremated remains. If the family wishes to have one or more visitations prior to cremation, then a funeral home will plan to offer preparation for viewing and watch over their loved one until that time. This often means that a method of preservation will likely be necessary. Other times, a family will want cremation with a visitation before, with a full funeral service after.


There are options with gravesite services. Either everyone can meet at the gravesite or first attend a visitation at a chapel or funeral home, and then meet graveside. Often times, commemorative services take place at the cemetery beside the grave. It’s not uncommon for this type of service to take place immediately prior to burial, meaning mourners may or may not witness the casket being lowered into the ground. Also, there are people who may wish to speak—like at a traditional funeral service—while others might simply choose to be present to give a final goodbye or sendoff.

Coping with the loss of a close loved one does not just stop one day. What happens is that it eventually becomes easier to cope with the feelings of loss, absence and grief. At Marik-Baken Funeral Services Ltd., we specialize in accommodating requests while making memorial services and pre-planned and traditional funeral services in Chicago, IL as personalized and customized as a person or their family desires. Call us today to speak with a compassionate and experienced licensed funeral director.

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