Services for Military Members and Their Families

Funeral services and burials occasionally honor fallen heroes who died while actively serving the country. The loved ones of a deceased military member may choose to have graveside services performed in a private cemetery or a state-funded cemetery.

Private Cemetery

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs often provides funding that will cover some or all of the costs associated with a memorial service and burial. A deceased veteran may be eligible to receive a casket flag, a coffin, and a headstone marker, all at no cost to the surviving family members — or for a low fee. A private cemetery will furnish its own rules regarding the placement of a headstone and the manner in which decor can be used to adorn a final resting spot.

Since a private cemetery will likely cater to those who are veterans, as well as those who did not serve in the armed forces, there may not be tight restrictions regarding the type of setup that a final resting spot can feature. It is fairly typical for fresh flowers, custom statues, and other adornments to be allowed to be displayed on the spot where a person has been laid to rest.

A private cemetery may provide property upkeep services, which will involve trimming grass and weeds that are growing in a plot. A funeral home officiant can conduct graveside services at the request of the surviving family members.

State Funded Cemetery

Some state-funded cemeteries are designated solely for the burial of service members and their families. A state-funded cemetery director will outline the rules that pertain to memorial and burial services. Surviving family members can choose where to have a memorial service conducted. Just like private cemeteries, state-funded ones will typically allow a funeral director or another officiant to perform graveside services.

All of the details associated with a burial can be addressed soon after a veteran has passed away. An active military member, a disabled veteran, or a retired veteran may qualify for free or reduced services. A flag, a marker, and burial essentials may be offered to the surviving family members of a military member.

A state-funded cemetery may restrict the type of flower arrangements or personal effects that are displayed at a gravesite. Visiting hours for a state-funded cemetery will be posted on the property. Family members can pay their respects during the hours of operation.

To learn more, contact a state cemetery in your area today.

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getting through the planning process of a funeral

Nobody ever really wants to think about what will happen when they pass away. I think that is why so many of us do nothing to plan for our funerals. After suffering through planning my father's funeral while grieving, I decided I wasn't going to do that to my kids — I knew right then that I would take care of as much of the planning as possible before my final day. This blog contains all sorts of information that can help you pre-plan your own funeral or even get through the planning process for the passing of someone that you love.