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The joy of living means different things to different people. A funeral or memorial service should celebrate the choices made, the relationships shared, and honor the memory of your loved one


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A funeral represents a purposeful opportunity to reflect on the meaning of a life that has been lived and to determine the impact of that meaning for the family and friends. There is no single proper funeral service. It is a time for human sharing in its deepest sense. 

You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you. As you participate in the planning of the funeral service, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone. It is the goal of Jerry Taylor and the staff of Taylor Funeral Home to help people complete the relationship with the one who has died and to provide a climate that encourages each person to give and receive emotional support. During the funeral service, family and friends have the opportunity to relate to each other at the deepest levels and find mutual strength.

Complete Funeral Service

Traditionally, the funeral will be a Complete Funeral Service. This includes a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following this will be a service, typically in the church or at the funeral home. This would be followed by earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the material the casket is constructed of. Many cemeteries require that a minimum grave liner be used to encase the casket when buried. These minimum liners are constructed of concrete and are designed to hold the weight of the earth, maintaining the cemetery property. A sealed vault may also be used. The vaults are also constructed of concrete or steel and are designed to not only protect the gravesite, but are manufactured with inner liners that not only restrict the entrance of graveside elements (water and earth) but increase the strength of the vault.

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Graveside Service

The Graveside Service can be another selection. Many times this would follow a time of visitation at the funeral home. The casketed remains would then be transferred to the cemetery where a graveside ceremony could take place followed by the burial.

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Personalized Services

At Taylor Funeral Home, we encourage families to create very personalized services. It is important to acknowledge that a life that has been lived and to offer to the community a way in which to celebrate that life. By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.

Today, making any kind of funeral arrangements involves many choices and decisions. It is helpful to consider all the options and take time to ask questions before making final decisions about such an important event. Below is a list of some of the things we help each family with:

  • Arranging funeral details.
  • Assisting in notifying friends and relatives.
  • Securing necessary permits and death certificates.
  • Care and custody of the body and embalming, if requested.
  • Coordinating details with the clergy person.
  • Arranging the music you have selected and notifying soloists, singers, and musicians.
  • Placing obituary and funeral notices in the newspapers.
  • Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers, and monuments.
  • Notifying any fraternal orders or other organizations who might have a part in the service.
  • Supervision and direction of the funeral or memorial service - church, funeral home, graveside, or other location.
  • Notifying your attorney if you are in need of legal assistance.
  • Assistance in securing Veterans Administration burial allowances to which you may be entitled.
  • Assistance if filing a claim for benefits under the U.S. Social Security Act, if applicable.
  • Help in completing insurance claim forms.
  • Contacting friends to serve as pallbearers.
  • If the deceased is to be sent to a distant location for burial, we will make all necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial at that destination.
  • Follow-up after the funeral; practical assistance with unforeseen details and help in making adjustments.
  • Helping the family in any way possible.

If you need more information about our Professional Services, please contact us by phone in Louisville at 478-625-7761, in Gibson at 478-625-7761 and in Waynesboro at 706-551-5100 any time of day or night or feel free to stop by the funeral home, ask questions, and get acquainted. We're here to help.

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