Our Burial Services
The earliest human burial service dates back 100,000 years, making it one of the longest-lived and most widespread of traditions. Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery has the deepest respect for this traditional practice.
Burial services, or graveside services, can be seen in hundreds of Hollywood films and television productions. Because of this, many are familiar with the appearance and ceremonial format of a burial service. However, when it comes time to make arrangements for a graveside service on behalf of a deceased loved one, it can be challenging to turn what is only vaguely familiar into a truly meaningful, deeply personal event.
There are many benefits in holding a well-crafted burial service. Many mourners appreciate the simplicity of a graveside service, just as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Quaker religious orders strive for a simple, sincere approach to life. Graveside services allow you, your family, and your friends to focus on what is most important.
Many choose burial services due to their deeply held religious beliefs, and find this ceremony to be of the utmost importance. These people, amongst others, find the peace and connection under the open sky to bring tranquility and an emotional comfort to their service.
Burial is an act of respect. An act that is more meaningful when witnessed.
How to Plan a Burial Service
Often times, people haven’t experienced many great losses, so they simply don’t know how to plan a funeral. We’re here to help you through it, step-by-step.
There are many things to consider when deciding whether to bury a recently deceased loved one, or when selecting a burial service during funeral pre-planning. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make involves choosing both the cemetery and the specific place of burial within it's grounds. From there, you will select a casket, and possibly a burial vault. At some point, it will be time to select the headstone or marker, and then writing the inscription.
You’ll typically read that the casket is the single most expensive purchase you will need to make for a burial service. That purchase does not have to cost you more than you can afford. Woodlawn Funeral Home has a wide selection of caskets and burial vaults to choose from, and we will work closely with you to keep your graveside service within your family’s budget. The type of casket you ultimately choose will be based largely on personal preference. We are here to guide you make the best choice for your loved one, whether it be fine hardwood or metal.
Planning the details of a burial service depends on your motives and emotional needs. Many mourners prefer a simple service, while others prefer a funeral service guided by religious doctrine. While you could think of your loved one’s graveside service as a modified version of a traditional funeral, we would prefer you let go of expectations so that we can come together in the planning process with no limitations to creativity. Together we can determine the best date and time for the burial service, and select the most meaningful readings, songs, and activities to be featured in the service.
We will discuss who you feel comfortable with leading the event; it could be your funeral director, a member of the clergy, a celebrant, family member, or a close friend. Following this decision, we will begin planning the service format. This is when the heart takes over. Your funeral director will sit with you for as long as it takes to bring love and memories into the event. He or she will explore your loved one’s life with you to find the essence of who they were, all in the effort to craft a fitting graveside service.
Let Woodlawn Funeral Home Help with Your Burial Service in Houston
Is a burial service the right decision for your situation? When you are ready to speak about your wishes and address your options, we are here to walk you through the process. We understand that arranging a burial service is an event that many people face for the first time, so it is a top priority for us to be available to you at any time of the day, for any reason.
We are always happy to answer any questions and further discuss the specific burial services we offer. You may reach us at 713-682-3663.