Celebrations-of-life are similar to memorial services, which can be described as a hybrid event, combining the flexibility of a celebration-of-life with many of the activities of a traditional funeral service.
There's more room for creativity in a celebration-of-life than a traditional funeral. Since celebrations-of-life are commonly held after the individual's physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation, there is much more time available to plan and design the event. And without a doubt, this allows you to make better decisions about how you would like to celebrate the life of someone you so dearly loved.
Whether Celebration-of-life or a traditional funeral services Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home can design a celebration-of-life service to meet all your expectations.Questions? Call (707) 642-4459
Church Services are often held at the church of the deceased with a public visitation viewing of the deceased a day or two before the church service and a private graveside internment service following the church service.
Other Services could include a Quite Hour Service, a Rosary service, or a Celebration-of-life service.
With Our Deep Community involvement with the local Churches, rest assured your loved one will be amongst a great caring, supportive, and commutual environment.
Church services are often an all day event as they include a public or private viewing, a funeral service, a graveside service, and sometimes a family dinner or hosted reception.
The first thing to do is contact the church of the deceased and arrange for a service through their offices.
Wiggins-Knipp funeral home will contact the church on your behalf and make the appropriate arrangements, including transportation, music, and other assistance to deliver a memorable, meaningful church service.
What is a funeral?
The funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others who share in the loss to express their love, respect and grief. It permits facing openly and realistically the crisis that death may present. Through the funeral, the bereaved take that first step towards emotional healing to recover from their loss.
Can I personalize my funeral service?
Absolutely, in fact, we recommend it. After all, the funeral is a celebration of life.
Wiggins-Knipp funeral Home will be there all the way to discuss all options and ensure the funeral is tailored and designed
to your wishes.
Contact us at (707) 642-4459 to explore the possibilities.
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us at (707) 642-4459. If you request immediate assistance, Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home will be there within the hour.
What should I do if a death occurs while away from home? Your funeral director can assist you if a death occurs anywhere on the globe. Contact Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home at (707) 642-4459, and we will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased person to our care.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death.
Is embalming mandatory by law?
No. But, certain factors of time, health and possible legal requirements might make embalming either appropriate or necessary. Please note that embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air to another country where local laws need be observed.
Can I have a visitation service and a funeral service if cremation is chosen? Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation service and a funeral service. Cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body.
How do I get a Death Certificate? These are issued by the Health Department in your state. Usually a funeral director such as Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home is responsible for registering the death with this Registry within 7 days of the burial or cremation.
Once the death is registered, the Health Department will provide a formal Death Certificate, which is often a necessary document for any legal and estate issues that need to be attended to.
Applications for a copy of a Death Certificate can only be made at the Health Department and must be accompanied by at least three forms of identification to ensure your privacy and that information is only released to those who are entitled to it.Questions? Call (707) 642-4459
Information on Death and Dying
Americans for Better Care of the Dying (ABCD)
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
638 Prospect Ave., Hartford, CT 06105
National Public Radio’s "Exploring Death in America" series
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Burial and Memorial Benefits