Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home was first established more than 100 years ago, in 1903. As the decades have passed and the offerings have expanded, this long-standing family-centered business has become a prominent funeral home and cremations provider in Scottsdale, AZ. The legacy of this institution has always focused on compassionately serving the final needs of deceased persons and their families with a high degree of integrity.
Maintaining the highest ethical principles with a deep sense of service and a desire to relieve suffering has allowed our business to grow into a respected firm within the industry. We understand that our clients come to us many times in a shocked and vulnerable state. It is imperative that people have a place to turn that will be transparent and honest in a time of great need. We treat people as we would want our loved ones and ourselves to be treated.
Starting Points for Service Styles Surrounding Funeral Home and Cremations in Scottsdale, AZ
Commemorative honoring services are designed to help us honor those who have passed away. However, the reality is that these services are held to benefit those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. Grief counselors almost universally agree that the opportunity to pay your final respects to the deceased can be highly beneficial to the start of the healing process. There are many ways to validate this loss and help to bring a sense of closure.
Recognizing that there are many different approaches to faith or religious practice (or none), there should be a safe place to uphold your specific traditional or cultural beliefs that are important to you and your family. We have supported tens of thousands of families from many different walks of life and affiliations in honoring their dead. Our experts carefully work with you to find the best starting point and then build-out and design the services with your guidance from there.
- Traditional Full-Scale Funeral Services: A full funeral service can be a very formal event if that is wanted. A family visitation with (or without) a public viewing is often held prior to the funeral service. Funerals tend to be held shortly after the death date since the deceased remains will be present for the service.
- Graveside Ceremony: This event is held on location at the burial plot. This could be restricted to immediate family and close friends, or it could be extended to a more extensive gathering if that is the family’s wish. A memorial service may also be held sometime after a graveside ceremony.
- Memorial Events and Services: Memorials are much like funerals as an event that pays tribute and recognizes the life of the one who has passed. The most significant difference between memorials and funerals is that the deceased’s body is not needed to be present at the memorial service. This can make timelines a bit easier to work with if required to prepare for the service.
- Complete Cremation Services: The method that is used to transform the intact deceased body into cremated remains is burning. The resulting “ashes” are then available to be laid to rest as desired.
Understanding Cremation Services and Common Myths
Even though cremation has become more commonplace, we still dispel some persistent myths in our discussions with clients quite often. Cremation can only be performed for one person at a time. The procedure is highly secure and highly regulated to protect consumers. Cremation is usually less expensive than casketed burial.
It is absolutely possible to have both a funeral service and cremation in Scottsdale, AZ, for the same individual. When this is selected, the funeral services should be held first. If a public viewing is to be scheduled, the body can even be embalmed and presented in a sanitary, rented casket for the services. Upon completion of the funeral events, the body will be taken to the crematory for the cremation services to be performed.
Simple Ways to Begin Your Pre-Need Arrangements
Preparing for the future can bring peace of mind to yourself and your family members who expect to live beyond you. Making death care arrangements in advance of the time they are needed is simple to get started by clicking on our easy-to-use online forms. Appointments can be scheduled in our facility with our expert staff to guide you through the process as well.
Call or Stop In to Secure an Appointment
For needs surrounding funeral home and cremations in Scottsdale, AZ, we invite you to reach out to the competent and caring staff at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home at any stage of the planning. Make an appointment to find out how we can help you by calling (602) 840-5600 or stopping in to see us at 4800 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Funeral Home and Cremation FAQs
How do you preplan a funeral?
Personalizing an end-of-life celebration or funeral allows you to pour your love (and your grief) into something meaningful for you and other people who care about the person who has passed away. It’s also an opportunity to create a service or a gathering (or both) to commemorate a lovely life. Learn more about funeral personalization.
What type of casket is best?
- Find out what’s involved. To arrange a funeral, you must first understand what takes place at one.
- Make plans ahead of time, but don’t pay in advance.
- Find out what the average costs are.
- Take a look around.
- Recognize the total package.
- Purchase only what you require.
- Consider becoming a member of a memorial society.
- Consider that and write it down.
- Learn more about funeral preplanning..
How do you get over the death of a loved one?
- Allow yourself to feel the pain as well as the other feelings.
- Be patient as the process unfolds.
- Recognize your emotions, even if you don’t like them.
- Obtain assistance.
- Maintain your normal routine as much as possible.
- Make sure you look after yourself.
- Learn more.