A very powerful image, a unique way to create a ceremony of remembrance. This type of dove release can be done at the graveside, mausoleum, cemetery chapel, or an appropriate location of your choosing. Doves have symbolized love, peace, and hope.
For centuries bagpipers have been used at military and state funerals. A bagpiper is one of the most fitting ways to provide an emotional and meaningful send off for a departed loved one, whether at a graveside or chapel service. Our bagpipers are experienced and sensitive to the occasion. We honor specific requirements and are committed to providing your loved one with the best possible tribute.
A balloon release is a ceremonial event in which a number of biodegradable hydrogen or helium-filled balloons are released into the sky as a lasting tribute for your loved one. Balloon releases can be done as a prayer ceremony, a release of grief, or a celebration of life. Balloons can be sent with messages, notes of remembrance, or poems.
Horse Drawn Carriage
There is something majestic about a horse-drawn coach convoying the deceased to the cemetery. Some families even chose to walk behind the horse-drawn hearse throughout the cemetery.
We hold tradition in the highest regard, and strive to meet your needs during this difficult time. Our Traditional Burial options acts as the foundation of our cemetery.
Private Mausoleum - Family Estates
An individual or family can design the perfect private "garden" estate to accommodate as many or as few people as desired. This can be burial space, cremation space, a private mausoleum-or a combination of any or all of these forms of memorialization.
Traditional Ground Burial
Our cemeteries have a plentiful selection of traditional ground burial sections in several locations throughout the cemetery.
A mausoleum provides an affordable alternative for those who prefer above-ground placement.
About Cremation Services
Many families incorrectly believe that when selecting cremation, a burial service at the cemetery cannot be conducted. Actually, selecting cremation only enhances your options for a personalized burial service at the cemetery.
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of your loved one, and thus have a special meaning!
Importance of Permanent Memorialization
When you or your loved chooses cremation, it is important to remember to plan for a place of remembrance!
Permanent memorialization is important for many reasons:
1. It provides future generations a way to connect with their family's past and a location to visit to remember you.
2. A personalized tribute for you or your loved one honors a unique life they lived and brings closure by allowing the healing process to begin.
3. A permanent resting place ensures the safety of you or your loved one's remains.Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.
Cemetery Options for Cremation
The Traditional Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried and memorialized.
Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
The Memorial Service/Commemorative Gathering Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours then embalming may be required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
A Non-Ceremonial Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.
WNYPBN, Inc. The Mission of the Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network, Inc. is to assist the community in meeting the needs of people facing perinatal death: the death of a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death .
Thank You Veterans...
Words cannot express the debt of gratitude we all owe to those who protect our American way of life. To the noble men and women who selflessly put themselves in harm's way to preserve our freedoms, save our lives, protect our homes, and keep our families safe, we salute you all!
Dignified, Personal Service
You will find our staff to be courteous, sympathetic and our services handled with dignity and respect! Services available to eligible veterans:
Fallen Heroes Program
It is our staff's commitment to honor the men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This includes those brave individuals who are serving in the Armed Forces or serve as Police Officers, Firefighters, or EMS Personnel.
Our Fallen Heroes Program applies to anyone killed in action in the Armed Forces or who dies in the line of duty as a Police Officer, a Firefighter or an EMS Person. These are all endeavors that are above and beyond the risk that most Americans assume.
Therefore, in recognition of this exceptional commitment by these special individuals, should the need arise, we are proud to offer any or all of the following services at no cost to the loved ones of a Fallen Hero at any of our facilities.
Funds that may be paid by a government agency or other source for any of the services listed here would be made available to the family or estate of the Fallen Hero.
Bob Lomison, Chairman of the Board