If you need to plan cremation services in Phoenix, AZ, it can be hard to know what to do. With the different cultural, religious, and traditional services that can be held for individuals, you might wonder how to choose the right one. Today’s blog will discuss the different aspects of traditional services to help give you more information on the options. 

Keeping it Traditional

A standard funeral service is one of the most common types of events to occur. They will generally involve an urn or casket that will house the loved one and include a gathering of family or friends while they play songs or deliver a speech, called a eulogy, for the attendees. Funerals tend to be more religious, and a pastor may likely hold a sermon. 

It’s standard for a hearse to transport the individual to the cemetery, or to where they’re going to be buried and hold a graveside service. Once the service is completed, the individual is buried, and there may be an option to have a reception afterwards. 


This service will take place at the cemetery and allow attendees to say their final farewells and respects before the casket is placed into the plot for burial. A graveside service is sometimes called a “committal,” which is defined as a brief memorial service at the time the body is committed to the ground. A pastor will generally be involved to offer some words of comfort, and the event is usually short. 


Direct burial is when the individual is buried, but there’s no funeral or memorial service scheduled. There will also be no visitation or graveside service, and the individual will be placed in the ground after a few words are spoken. Some families make this choice to reduce the cost or when the individual lives far from their family. 

Direct Cremation

A direct cremation is like a burial where there are no events or formal visitations. Once the cremation process is completed, the remains are returned to the family, and they will choose if they want a cemetery plot, a place in a mausoleum, take the urn home, or scatter the ashes of their loved one. 

Memorial Service  

A memorial service is a common event like a traditional funeral except that the deceased is not there. Memorial services are excellent because they can occur at any point after the individual has passed away.

Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life is a unique event because it focuses on a lighthearted and joyous exploration of who the individual was and what they brought to others’ lives. It can consist of dancing, humor, and a focus on laughter and lighthearted remembrance of the individual. 

Keeping it Simple

These are just a few of the available service options on the market today, and there’s no wrong way to hold one of these events as long as the individual is honored appropriately. If you want to schedule cremation Services in Phoenix, AZ, Thompson Funeral Chapel is here to help. We offer a wide variety of services, from preplanning to traditional funeral events, so give us a call today to schedule your appointment. 

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