Originating well over a century ago in 1903, the roots of Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home are firm and deep. Though names and locations have changed through the years, the family’s influence and legacy to provide compassionate and honest service for funerals and cremations in the greater Phoenix area, is a commitment we are pleased to uphold.
Knowing that ethical and transparent business practices are the key to a strong business reputation, we work very hard to provide the highest and best service to our community. Client families come to us in a time of great distress and vulnerability. Our mission is to lift and help those who are suffering from deep anguish as they navigate the loss of someone they hold dear. The dedicated team of funeral and cremation experts at Whitney & Murphy are here to guide you through this journey and to ease your burden.
Types of Services for Funeral Home and Cremations in Phoenix, AZ
End-of-life honoring services are held with respect to those who have died. However, if you think about it, they are actually arranged for the benefit of the living. Commemorative services will have a particular impact on the individuals who are most affected by the loss of this individual. There is a wide-ranging consensus that those grieving are deeply supported by the closure offered through a funeral or other reflective services for a departed loved one.
With that said, there are many different backgrounds and cultural traditions that may impact how you feel that honoring your deceased would be best. At Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, we have supported people from every walk of life and faith background. We begin by determining with you what style of service will be best. Some standard service definitions may be helpful:
- Traditional Funeral Services: Often, the most formal style of service is the full traditional funeral service. This can include a family visitation or funeral wake prior to the actual funeral. The deceased traditionally lies in repose at the funeral setting, often shrouded or in a closed casket.
- Graveside Committal Service: This is often an intimate gathering, but invitations may be widespread. When held at the site of the burial, the graveside service may precede some style of memorial service at a later time.
- Memorial Services: A memorial is held without the deceased present at the service, making timelines a bit less rigid. Families who need more time for gathering or planning the services may benefit from a memorial-style service. Memorials are also helpful if there are no plans for a public viewing and if the body will be cremated immediately.
- Cremation services: Cremation is a method to handle the final remains in a respectful and sanitary way. The results of cremation leave a modest amount of ashen material that is returned to the family for the final disposition they have planned for their loved one.
A Few Things to Know About Cremation Services
Some misconceptions regarding funeral home and cremations in Phoenix, AZ, persist. Many laws and regulations are governing the process of cremation services to help protect consumers. For instance, it is absolutely against the law for more than one individual to be cremated at one time. Reputable institutions will have clear policies and security protocols to help you understand how your loved one’s remains will be treated and handled.
Funerals can be held in tandem with cremation services. The deceased can even be embalmed and presented for public viewing. A rental casket may be used for this purpose. The funeral service can occur at our funeral home chapel or in a church. After the formal funeral has ended, the deceased will be transported to the crematorium, where the cremation services will be completed.
There are more choices for where to lay the cremated remains to rest than with casket burial. The ashes that are produced as part of cremation could be dispersed in a natural setting or cremation garden. They might be buried in a traditional cemetery or entombed within an above-ground columbarium wall or niche. The ashes could also be kept physically close to grieving loved ones, held within a decorative urn or urns.
Pre-Arrangements Can Begin Immediately
If death is more imminent for you or a loved one, taking time to arrange a few plans now can save a great deal of stress later. The person who is being honored can be consulted and may select the types of arrangements that seem best. It is not unusual for individuals in good health with many years left to live to make these plans in advance as well. Setting our affairs in order can bring a great deal of peace of mind.
Call for an Arrangement Appointment
To make arrangements for the present or future needs surrounding funerals and cremations in Phoenix, AZ, we invite you to contact Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Located at 4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, you may stop in or call (602) 840-5600 to schedule an appointment.
Funeral Home and Cremation FAQs
Where do they keep dead bodies in funeral homes?
You keep dead bodies in a morgue or mortuary, which is a place where human corpses are stored until they are identified or removed for autopsy, respectful burial, cremation, or another way. In modern times, it is customary to keep bodies refrigerated to prevent decomposition. Learn more about our funeral facility.
How do I become a funeral home assistant?
You only need a high school diploma or a GED certificate to work as a funeral assistant. While an associate degree in mortuary science may be preferred by some employers, this is entry-level employment that does not typically require post-secondary schooling. Learn more.
What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral?
The visitation, funeral, committal, and reception are the four main components of a funeral service when the body is present. A memorial ceremony, on the other hand, follows a similar pattern despite the absence of the deceased’s body. Know more about funeral service.