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Funeral Services

Greater Worcester Funeral Care

Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process. Funerals are just as much for the living as they are for those who have passed. A meaningful funeral service can bring comfort to those who are grieving.

Visitation with a Funeral Service the Following Day

Visitation with a Funeral Service the Following Day

This funeral service option provides our families with two days of gathering to honor their loved one's life. We work with your family to create and design a healing remembrance calling hours. Here, families are given private time with their loved one. When ready, friends and neighbors can then pay their respects and share stories.

The following day family and friends gather to celebrate their loved one's life with a funeral service. The service can take place either at the funeral home in one of our chapels or at a church or synagogue of your choosing. Afterwards, we process to the cemetery to say our final goodbyes. 

This is the most meaningful funeral service option for our families.

Visitation Followed by Funeral Service

Visitation Followed by Funeral Service

Families selecting this one day tribute for their loved one are able to have calling hours for a duration of their choosing before the funeral service. Your loved one will be present, allowing everyone to have time to pay their last respects. The calling hours and funeral service can take place either at the funeral home, church or synagogue. This healing funeral option provides our families with a place to gather and a comforting environment to remember and reflect on their loved one. After the funeral service, we will process to the cemetery to say our final goodbyes. 

Funeral Service

Funeral Service

Our funeral service option allows families to gather either at one of our funeral homes, a Church, Temple, Synagogue, etc. or any other place of your choosing to celebrate, honor and pay tribute. This healing funeral option provides our families with a place to gather and a comforting environment to remember and reflect on their loved one. 

We work with families in choosing an appropriate officiant to lead the service. Our goal is to sit down with each family and create a meaningful funeral service. After the funeral service, we will process to the cemetery to say our final goodbyes.

Celebration of Life Service

Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life is a fully personalized service, filled with storytelling and laughter. The focus is more on the joy the person brought to others versus a focus on the death itself. The Celebration of Life service can be a separate service or it can be incorporated into the traditional service.

At Miles, we believe everyone’s life should be honored through a personalized celebration of life. Our highly-skilled team works with each family to create a meaningful experience. We assist in making the event more special through the addition of personal touches that celebrate, communicate and rejoice in the qualities of life that has been lived.

We can accessorize entire rooms with your family’s cherished photos, paintings, and other personal belongings. We can accompany those treasures with meaningful music and tribute videos. Our high-quality funeral and cremation merchandise can be customized to match your loved one’s hobbies, professional careers, military service and many other interests.

Graveside Funeral Service

Graveside Funeral Service

A graveside funeral service allows family and friends to gather around their loved one to commemorate their life and honor the memories shared. These services are held at a cemetery of your choosing, and are typically officiated by clergy, Rabbi, celebrant, member of the family or a friend. This funeral service option creates an opportunity for family and friends to gather at the grave site to honor, remember and reminisce. This symbolic service is a beautiful step forward in the healing process and can accompany many end of life options. 

Why do we have funerals?

The funeral ceremony helps us acknowledge the reality of the death and gives testimony to the life of the deceased. It encourages the expression of grief, provides support to mourners and offers hope for the living. Funerals not only show respect for the dead, but furthermore help family and friends begin the healing process. Funerals are symbolic rituals that express our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of a loved one.

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What is Visitation/Calling Hours?

Visitation is simply a term used interchangeably with calling hours or wake. Typically, visitation is held before the funeral service, burial or cremation. This designated time gives family and friends the opportunity to share stories and say their goodbyes. Research on grief has shown family and community support is both beneficial and healing for families who are grieving.

The family typically arrives an hour beforehand to spend time alone with their loved one. Soon after, friends, neighbors, relatives and others in the community will come by the casket or urn, say a brief prayer or moment of silence, then proceed to greet the family and share stories and memories.

Does Miles provide Funeral Celebrants?

Yes, we do. Funeral celebrants work with our families in designing a service that is customized to whatever needs the family has. They work with our families to plan Celebrations of Life, traditional funeral services and memorial services. Celebrants are experienced and qualified to take on the role of officiating a service.

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You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over

We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.