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Woodland Funeral Chapel
305 Cottonwood St,
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-4200
Fax: (530) 666-4201
Woodland Funeral Chapel
305 Cottonwood St
Woodland, CA US
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When death occurs, one of the first decisions that must be made is whether to bury or cremate. There are many factors that go into making this choice. If the family has traditionally chosen burial in previous generations, they may choose earth burial, particularly if the family owns plots together in a local cemetery. Sometimes the decision to bury is made because the family does not like the idea of cremation. There are several choices and costs associated with the burial; some of these are covered in the following sections. Burial can be done in the earth (ground burial), in a mausoleum, or at sea.
While cemetery selections and purchases are typically separate from funeral home arrangements, our knowledgeable funeral home staff can help guide you through the cemetery process. Also, each cemetery is governed by their own board of directors therefore prices and guidelines differ from one cemetery to the next. District cemeteries are often much more affordable than privately owned cemeteries.
With immediate burial, the body is interned shortly after death, as soon as the necessary documents have been filed. There is no viewing or visitation, so embalming is not necessary.
Some of the necessary decisions for an immediate burial:
As the name says, a graveside service is held in the cemetery at the location of interment. It is a simple remembrance service, conducted by clergy or a family member. Most cemeteries will set up chairs and tents depending upon the weather. If it is meaningful to them, the family can witness the lowering of the casket or drop flowers or a handful of dirt into the grave.
Some of the necessary decisions for a graveside service:
In conjunction with an immediate burial, many families find it important to have a gathering but without the casket present. Such a service can be conducted at a church or other facility, or at the gravesite after the interment is done. Sometimes it is meaningful to have this kind of memorial service at the time the headstone or grave marker is set into place.
Some of the necessary decisions for a memorial service and immediate burial:
This is what is often referred to as a “traditional funeral.” There are several distinct parts, some of which are optional.
The first part is called a visitation. A visitation is typically held the afternoon or evening before the funeral service. Catholic families often have a Rosary during the visitation. The visitation typically lasts about three hours, with people coming at the time best for them.
The second part is the funeral service itself. At a funeral service the body is present in either a closed or open casket. Funerals can be held at a church or other facility.
Following the funeral is the graveside service. Often there will be a funeral procession from the place of the funeral to the cemetery. The family can choose to use limousines, a flower car, escorts and the funeral coach (hearse). Attendees will follow behind the funeral coach on the way to the cemetery. A simpler version of this is to simply set a time to meet at the cemetery for the interment.
Some of the necessary decisions for a funeral and burial:
We do not provide sea burial services ourselves, but we can help make these arrangements by contacting and coordinating with businesses or organization that do.
Honorably discharged veterans have the right to be buried in a National Cemetery with military honors. There is no cost to the veteran or spouse for this benefit. Make sure you have your DD214 form available for the funeral home to make these arrangements for you.
These choices are very personal. Our job is to support you having the service you want, and that will benefit those who will grieve your loss. Consider putting your wishes in writing so your loved ones won’t have to guess what you would have wanted. Visit the pre-arrangement section of our website for more information.