Service Options

Service Options

Planning a funeral service can be a very difficult process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.

Burial Services

Your loved one's burial can be tailored to meet their wishes as well your needs and prefences. we will work with you to design a burial ceremony that reflects and honors your loved one's lifeThere are several options listed below:

  • Immediate burial means that your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
  • Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather in a room with the departed loved one in an open or closed casket and say goodbye or offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved.
  • Funeral or memorial services and celebrations of life can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home. The service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.
  • Graveside, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.

Cremation Services

Often people think that if they choose cremation there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. In fact, we offer specific packages that include funeral and memorial options both before and after the cremation. We will work with you to explore these options and decide how to best honoryour loved one's life. After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

  • Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
  • Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
  • Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.

Green Burial Services

We are thrilled to be among the first funeral homes in Vermont to offer specific green burial packages, products, and counseling so please don't hesitate to call or email us to arrange a time to learn more!

For those who want to be more environmentally friendly with their end-of-life decisions, we offer green burial options. This way, you can honor your loved one’s life while reducing their environmental impact. A green burial service may be right for your loved one if they were an avid nature lover, worked in an environmental science field, or were passionate about living an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Green burial means allow the body to return naturally to the earth. This means there is no embalming, the body is placed in a biodegradable container or shroud made of natural material, there is no burial vault used and the body is buried at a depth of 3.5 to 4 feet. The land above the grave may be maintained in an ecological manner, without pesticides or herbicides, reduced mowing, and may include pollinator plants and trees.

To learn more about our green burial see our FAQ section, to learn more about our green burial packages see our Service Pricing tab.

Payment Options

We will work with you to make sure the funeral you choose for yourself or your loved one is something you can afford. We accept payment in cash, check, credit card, or through Insurance Assignment. An insurance assignment can be done in person or online. 



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Phone: (802) 223-2751
30 School Street, Montpelier, VT

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