Types of Funeral Services

In today's hectic society, the "Tradition Funeral" is no longer traditional. With more families choosing cremation it gives them more time to arrange a more memorable and heartfelt  service that honors the life of their loved one.  Here at Belmont we are here to help you arrange the type of funeral service that you want in a comfortable atmosphere. 

                Traditional Burial

Several years ago a traditional funeral consisted of two nights of calling hours also known as a wake; they would be held between the hours of 2-4 and 6-8. The next morning  the immediate family would be picked up in a limousine  and brought back to the funeral home where they would  say their final goodbye's as the cars of family and friends are lined up and a procession would lead the them  to the church for a service, then to the Cemetery for burial.  
Today these services rarely occur. Why? We live in a different age; kids grow up and move far away from home, or parents retire to another state making it a logistical nightmare to get everyone together at the same time, not to mention getting the time off from work. Today's funerals have been condensed to accommodate the busy families of today , with a calling hours the night before the service or on the same day prior to the service.  Funeral services are held either in a house of worship or at the funeral home with the clergy or layperson conduction the ceremony.  It is not uncommon to meet at the cemetery for a closed casket service, known as a graveside service. 

There are no "cookie cutter" funerals any longer, Belmont Funeral Home is here to make your loved one's final arrangements as easy on your family as possible. We realize that's a tall order, but we're up to the task. Whatever type of burial you prefer, we're here for you. We have a beautiful selection of caskets and vaults to choose from.

Casket Choices
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 Cremation is more popular than ever; due to fewer religious restrictions, cost effectiveness, environmental and personal reasons more families are choosing this option. NFDA reports that in the U.S.  32.3% chose cremation in 2005, it is projected that in 2017 those number will rise to 51.6% and again to 71.1% in 2030.

Cremation is the process of  rendering a body to its most basic element.. bone. The most common cremation method is by fire; the retort reaches 1400-1800 degrees Fahrenheit incinerating the body leaving the bones which are then ground down into a fine powder and are then returned to the family or buried.

Cremation offers endless funeral options. We offer a wooden  rental casket with removable inserts for those who wish to have a viewing and/or church service with the body present. Other families wish to  hold a memorial service or Mass with the cremains on display with photos and other memorabilia. 

Following a funeral or memorial service the  cremains may be buried at a cemetery or taken home by the family in a temporary container and scattered or buried in a meaningful place, or in a decorative urn, keepsake  or jewelry to be cherished.  We offer a variety of alternative methods of memorializing the cremains of your loved one, we offer The Living Urn, a biodegradable urn with tree seedling, small portions of ashes can be spun into glass jewelry or  keepsakes.

 We also offer a direct cremation,  simple cremation with no services. 

Click below to see some of our urn options that are available.
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Pre-Paid Funerals

One final act of love           

Planning a funeral is hard, there are  many  questions to answer and decisions to be made in a relatively short period of time.  Life is stressful enough without the death of a loved one, not to mention the financial responsibilities of paying for it. 

Pre-arranging and pre-paying  your own funeral is the final act of love you can give your family, It takes the pressure of planning and paying for your funeral so they can begin the grieving process.  And gives you the peace of mind that your wishes will be followed.  

All money is placed into a  trust fund and held by Cooperative Funeral Fund, in Madison, Connecticut. As of July 1, 2016, Connecticut has increased its Irrevocable Trusts from $5,400.00 to $8,000.00. 

 The friendly staff at Belmont Funeral Home can help you with your pre-arrangements; we can set up a pre-need trust plan that suits your budget  as well as Title 19 spend downs . Call today for an appointment.

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