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Farewell Services

Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory offers families three distinct, simple and easy to understand farewell experiences designed to help your family and friends begin healing.

Without question, we have improved the way our staff helps families deal with a loss. The Farewell Services provided by Meierhoffer go far beyond what has been the standard in funeral service for generations and attend to the various needs of the survivors as well as those of the deceased. 

The average number of funeral services that an individual is directly responsible for planning in their lifetime is about two services; often for a parent and then for a spouse. It is not uncommon for a span of twenty or more years to pass before the average American enters a funeral home to plan a funeral; and this often occurs on what may be one of the worst days of their lives.

The term “Farewell” is used to express the reason why family and friends gather. We gather to be with the people we care about and to say “Farewell” to a special person who has touched our lives. Whether it is family alone, or family and friends together, people come together to express this need to say “Farewell”. The phrases “Healing Farewell”, “Simple Farewell” and “Natural Farewell” are far more descriptive indicators of what the family is planning and intending than the industry catch all title “Service”. By choosing one of these three distinct Farewells and sharing this in the obituary, friends and the community can understand the nature of what the family wishes and the ways in which they are inviting the public to participate. We offer three distinct community farewell types.


The Healing Farewell service is one in which the body of the deceased is present for a gathering and/or a public event which may include ministers or celebrants, scripture, prayers, eulogies, music and stories among other things. A Healing Farewell provides all who participate with the most opportunities to engage in meaningful ways to support and encourage each other. These opportunities are called Healing Support Services. A Healing Farewell includes sixteen Healing Support Services and satisfies all seven steps of the Acute Loss Period. 

Those who choose a Healing Farewell are openly inviting their extended family, friends and the community to share with them in their loss. Public events such as gatherings and formal or informal events at the funeral home, church or other location provide people with an appropriate time and place to gather, connect, reflect and celebrate. The Healing Farewell provides families and the public with the most opportunity to meet their needs. The Healing Farewell provides members of the community with the same healing opportunities as the family. The Healing Farewell may end with either burial in a cemetery or cremation.

The Healing Farewell addresses all seven of the steps of the Acute Loss Period and includes up to 16 Healing Support Services for your family and friends.  The Healing Farewell is a public gathering and service at your choice of location.  The Healing Farewell may end with either burial or cremation.


The Simple Farewell Service is a service type that provides the family with the opportunity to gather privately in the presence of their loved one before the deceased is cremated and then includes a gathering and/or memorial service for the public without their loved one present. This service type provides closure for the family as well as a public event or events for the community to be present to support the family. It is called “Simple Farewell” because that is exactly what people ask for, a simple way to say goodbye. A Simple Farewell often includes twelve to fifteen Healing Support Services. 

When choosing a Simple Farewell, the family is communicating a different message. In the Simple Farewell the family is expressing their desire to say “Farewell” to the remains of their loved one privately. The Simple Farewell also signals to friends and the public the family’s openness to share in events where the living gather to connect and reflect without the deceased present. The Simple Farewell meets some of the needs the family experiences. 

The Simple Farewell addresses five to seven of the steps of the Acute Loss Period. The Simple Farewell begins with a Family Farewell which is a private gathering of your family intended to give each member a quiet time to say their goodbyes. Public gatherings or memorial service without the deceased present are important parts of the Simple Farewell that allow your entire family and your friends the opportunity to share time together. The Simple Farewell includes our Natural Farewell. There are several different types of Simple Farewells from which to select.


The Natural Farewell is the service type that families choose when they do not wish to invite the public to share in their loss. The Natural Farewell includes private time for family only to say “Farewell” in the presence of their loved one. In this service there is minimal preparation of the deceased, so there are no chemicals and no casket. A photo video is included in the Natural Farewell to give the family touch points to reflect on as they gather together. There is no public service with a Natural Farewell and cremation follows. Up to ten Healing Support Services are included in a Natural Farewell. 

Families who select the Natural Farewell indicate their desire to not include their extended family, friends or the public in the loss of their loved one. This most basic way of saying “Farewell” provides the immediate family with a time and place to take leave of their loved one in a safe and sacred environment alone, without public participation. The Natural Farewell helps the family with their most basic needs, at a time of loss. 

The Natural Farewell is a way for the family to help with just their basic needs. The Natural Farewell addresses 4 of the steps of the Acute Loss Period. The Natural Farewell is a private 30 minute gathering intended to offer everyone in your family a quiet moment of reflection and an opportunity to say their goodbyes before the cremation.

When people understand the level of engagement the family desires, they can be more attentive to their needs and share in meaningful ways to help the family and themselves heal. The Healing, Simple and Natural Farewell names take an important step in demystifying the world of funerals and help everyone understand how they can be a part of the healing process in the appropriate times places for each family.

As with any change in language or title, people may ask themselves many questions. Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory has adopted these three Farewell types and the names to clearly communicate with the public the direction and path each family has chosen to begin healing.

One of the first things the Meierhoffer staff shares with the families in their care is a detailed educational presentation that assists the family members in understanding what is happening in their lives and how they can build a plan to address the various needs they, their extended family and the community will experience following the loss. This discussion often surfaces unspoken needs of the family and assists the Funeral Arranger in exploring ways to guide the family.

The next step is to assist the family in selecting the type of Farewell that will best meet the their needs. Traditionally this is a point where many families become confused with the overwhelming myriad of different types of services that a funeral home might provide. Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory has simplified the choices to make it very clear and understandable what each service includes, and more importantly how that service meets the needs of the family.

When these important decisions are made we will turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains of your loved one.

Whether you choose a Healing Farewell, Simple Farewell, or Natural Farewell, we provide Healing Support Services that attend to the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of your family and friends. Each of these farewell services provide the opportunities and experiences to help your family heal, no matter whether you choose burial or cremation.

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