Obituaries

Armandina Castellanos
B: 1954-01-09
D: 2018-11-08
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Castellanos, Armandina
George Bryant
B: 1937-09-26
D: 2018-11-06
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Bryant, George
Marlene Watts
B: 1936-05-05
D: 2018-10-27
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Watts, Marlene
Henry Kilgore
B: 1956-10-16
D: 2018-10-22
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Kilgore, Henry
Guy Warren
D: 2018-10-21
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Warren, Guy
LaDonna Jowers
B: 1961-09-16
D: 2018-10-21
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Jowers, LaDonna
Kelton Williamson
B: 1934-09-13
D: 2018-10-19
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Williamson, Kelton
James Davis
B: 1921-08-11
D: 2018-10-13
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Davis, James
Ona Phillips
B: 1927-08-08
D: 2018-10-07
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Phillips, Ona
Newman Stutts
B: 1942-09-29
D: 2018-10-07
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Stutts, Newman
Lloyd Dollar
B: 1937-06-18
D: 2018-10-05
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Dollar, Lloyd
Nowlin "Corky" Cox
B: 1936-07-25
D: 2018-10-02
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Cox, Nowlin "Corky"
Opal Rakes
B: 1930-11-28
D: 2018-10-01
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Rakes, Opal
Doris Shafer
B: 1924-11-30
D: 2018-10-01
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Shafer, Doris
Nelson Reed
B: 1941-10-31
D: 2018-09-25
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Reed, Nelson
Zelda Williams
B: 1940-02-08
D: 2018-09-22
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Williams, Zelda
Jimmy Leverich
B: 1935-02-15
D: 2018-09-14
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Leverich, Jimmy
David Dennis
B: 1968-12-06
D: 2018-09-01
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Dennis, David
Esperanza Cano-Borrego
B: 1998-01-19
D: 2018-08-31
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Cano-Borrego, Esperanza
James Dean
B: 1929-08-30
D: 2018-08-31
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Dean, James
LaVada Poindexter Beard
B: 1930-11-16
D: 2018-08-22
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Poindexter Beard, LaVada

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Funeral Services in Abilene

What is a Funeral Service?

No matter where it's held, a funeral is a structured ceremony, with a beginning, middle and end. Each is intended to engage the living participants in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. It's a socially-acceptable way for members of a community to re-affirm and express their social attachments.

Basic Funeral Service Outline

Funeral services typically include the following components: 

Visitation:

This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.

Funeral Service:

This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.

Committal Service:

If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.

Funeral Reception:

Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

What is a Funeral Ceremony & What Are Funeral Rites?
Turning to the social sciences for a more holistic idea of what makes a funeral, we learn the common features of funeral services around the world. You'll learn all funeral services are rites of passage, transforming status and reaffirming social ties.