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Types of Celebration of Life Services

In order to provide a family with a ceremony that marks the conclusion of a life lived with dignity and meaning, we firmly believe in facilitating a ceremony that means the most to you. Because serving your family is the most important aspect of our services, one call to O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services is all you have to make. From that point on, we'll insure that all the details are addressed in a timely and professional manner.

The O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center offers an assortment of products to help families and guests attending the service create a more meaningful tribute to their loved one. We offer products that are essential in creating convenience, consumer comfort, and value in a full range of funeral service products.

We believe the funeral ceremony is about how your loved one lived their life and your place in that life.   We feel as though every service type listed below can be called a Celebration of Life Service because that's exactly what we are doing.... Celebrating Their Life.

We strongly encourage families to bring in photos, mementos and remembrances that will be displayed in the casket or in their own special section. Personalizing the casket, exterior and interior, by color selection, type of fabric, individualized corner pieces or by engraving will help tell the story of your loved one, for all to read. Flowers, the music chosen, prayer cards or life tribute folders all contribute to this final chapter. With so many personal and individual choices to be made, it is important that you receive, from one of our staff members, the options that are available to you.

traditional service

Many families prefer to choose a traditional worship-oriented celebration of life service or funeral ceremony. A traditional ceremony typically includes:

Viewing at the place of worship or funeral home, either prior to the ceremony or the evening beforeThe funeral ceremony itself, conducted at the funeral home or place of worship.

Procession to the cemetery for a final committal service being traditional does not mean being without choice. Each funeral at O'Leary's tailored to your preferences. Some of the areas that can reflect your personal choice are:

  • The flowers for the ceremony
  • Music - can be contemporary, jazz, traditional hymns, etc
  • Merchandise - the casket selection, clothing (either purchased from us or brought in by family members)
  • Prayer cards or memorial folders
  • A collection of photographs, mementos or remembrances to be placed in the casket or displayed in their own special section

memorial service

A Memorial Service is when the deceased is not present. It may take place at the funeral home, the family's home, a church, or even outdoors. This is a time to remember your loved one through fellowship with friends and family. The memorial service can also be an addition to a traditional funeral service. For example, having a traditional funeral service here and then a memorial service back in the deceased’s home town. Or, a memorial service can be done after a burial or cremation if this meets the need of the family.

committal service

The Committal Service is a brief service at the gravesite after a traditional funeral service but prior to the burial. This is where family and friends say their final good-byes at the final resting place by placing flowers or sometimes sand on the casket. If the committal service is the only service then it becomes what we call a Graveside Service and is accompanied by a visitation the night before. The graveside service is a more lengthy service consisting of scripture reading, eulogy, poetry, and music.


Just because a family has chosen cremation does not mean that a funeral ceremony to honor the person who has died can not take place. There are several options such as a visitation or gathering of family and friends at the funeral home or another location. A funeral or memorial service can take place either before or after cremation. This service can, again, take place either at the funeral home, place of worship or any other location you may choose.

Every service is tailored to the family at O'Leary's and we want to make sure that you are aware of all the options and choices that are available to you. The personalization of your ceremony can be accomplished by:

  • Your flower selection
  • The music chosen
  • Type, color and size of urn
  • Prayer cards or life tribute folders
  • Family collection of photos, remembrances and mementos
  • Most families choosing cremation decide on burial of the cremated remains. Whether it is a private graveside service, or for friends and family, it is an important final moment.

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