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When you call Osterberg Funeral Homes, we’ll immediately start to assume the burden of all the details and arrangements. We genuinely know how difficult and stressful times of loss are, and we are utterly committed to helping family members and friends remain free of coping with tedious necessities so that they may mourn their loss without unnecessary encumbrances. Call us any time at 507-847-3300.

Elements of a Funeral

Funeral Service
Is a formal or informal ceremony or ritual prior to burial. A funeral service provides an ideal platform for the closure of family and friends. Although your faith or culture may dictate some of the elements of a funeral service, it is customary to personalize other elements of the service. At a funeral service, a casket or urn is present. You may choose to have the casket either open or closed.

Visitation, Wake or Viewing
Customarily held the night before, or immediately prior to, the funeral service, the visitation – also called a wake or a viewing – provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay their individual respects and offer their condolences to the family. As with the funeral service, you may want to decide if you want an open or closed casket; should you wish one to be present.

Memorial or Tribute Service
At a memorial, or tribute service, a casket or urn is usually present. Otherwise similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together and celebrate the memory of the deceased’s life.

Graveside Service
A graveside service is held at the gravesite just prior to the burial of the casket or urn. This final service usually consists of a eulogy, final remarks, prayers or in memoriam sentiments. This service may, in certain instances, occur after, or in place of, a funeral service.

Military Honors
There is no better way to honor military service to our country than with the inclusion of Military Honors. The ceremony begins with the draping of Old Glory over the veteran’s casket. At graveside, military Guards of Honor fire a volley of shots known as the gun salute. Taps, also known as “Butterfield’s Lullaby” or “Day is Done,” is played. The flag is ceremoniously folded and presented to the family as a lasting memento of the deceased’s service to his or her country. The Military Honors are provided by our local Legion Clubs and VFW Service Clubs, as well as the National Guard. Representatives are also sent by the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, as necessary.

Cremation

Osterberg Funeral Home offers an array of options for those wishing to be cremated. A few of the alternatives available to those choosing cremation are:

  • Traditional funeral service with cremation to follow
  • Visitation or religious rites
  • A public visitation
  • A private visitation
  • A religious service preceding the cremation
  • Direct cremation with no viewing

Cremation services can also be personalized in many ways including the display of personal items during the visitation; monuments; personalized caskets and personalized urns. We would be happy to discuss any special requests or ideas you have to make the cremation service more meaningful to family and loved ones. As with any funeral service, cremation arrangements made with Osterberg Funeral Home will be individually tailored to the wishes of the family.