Funerals & Memorials


There are several differences between a "funeral service" and a "memorial service."  However, both funeral and memorial services serve the same purpose – they are the ritual through which we formerly say goodbye to our loved one by celebrating and honoring their life.

A funeral service tends to be traditional in nature while a memorial service is likely to be informal, relaxed, and often trends contemporary.   


  • The remains of the deceased will be present at the funeral service.
  • The funeral will usually occur within a few days of the individuals' death.  At the discretion of the family, a funeral may have an open casket ceremony (where the remains can be viewed) or a closed casket ceremony. 
  • Funeral services tend to be more expensive since they usually involve the purchase and display of a casket, transportation of the remains to the church and  burial ground, as well as embalming (the dressing and preparing of the remains for viewing). 
  • A funeral service involves a funeral director and a funeral home, which can be a source of comfort to the family as they are very experienced in the grieving process and handling the logistics of the funeral. 
  • Funeral services are becoming increasingly personalized.  Tibbs Funeral Home & Crematory offer funeral programs, keepsakes, and other personalized options to help uniquely honor your loved one.  We are flexible and open to any ideas you may have to personalize the funeral service of your loved one.   


  • A memorial service also pays tribute to the life of the deceased; however, the remains of the person that has died is not present.  Since there is no remains present, it allows the memorial service to be held at a variety of locations. The memorial service can occur days, weeks, even months after the person died.  
  • Memorial services are becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for more unique and personal ways to celebrate the life of their loved one.
  • They are more economical as they do not involve embalming, caskets, urns, or transportation.  The funeral home will still handle either the cremation or burial of the remains, and can participate in any part of the memorial service deemed appropriate by the family. 
  • Traditionally, the family and friends of the deceased tend to be very involved in the planning of a memorial service optimizing its personalization.

How you decide to memorialize your loved one is an entirely personal choice.  Tibbs Funeral Home & Cremation stands ready to assist you in realizing the vision of your loved ones final journey.

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