It is the goal of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton to help families complete the final arrangements and to provide professional guidance and direction during a difficult time.
Funerals serve an important purpose: they allow us to recognize a life that was lived and acknowledge that the life has come to an end. Funerals exist for the living, for survivors who suffer the loss of a loved one.
We understand that every family is different. Influences such as religious and cultural traditions, cost concerns and personal preferences make each funeral as unique as the person who is being honored. This section of our web site provides an overview of the different types of services that we provide. Our funeral directors will discuss the many other options and details that make each of our services a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.
As the passing of a loved one is observed, a visitation/ viewing provides an opportunity for friends and family to pay their respects. Also allowing a time to reflect on a life lived and memories remembered.
A visitation may involve the presence of the loved one in an open or closed casket, with members of the immediate family present to greet those who come to offer condolences. A viewing also allows friends to pay their respects to your loved one, but may not include any family members in attendance.
Traditional 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 the earth or above ground burial of the casketed remains. Caskets selected may cost from several hundred dollars to several thousands of 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 earth 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 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.
The Graveside Service can be another selection. This many times would follow a time of viewing/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.
Personalizing Any Service
At Burns Mortuary, we encourage families to create very personalized services. We know that every family we serve is unique, and we strive to make each service a personal tribute to the life that has been lived. We provide a wide variety of choices that will help fulfill a family's wishes, from a traditional funeral to a personalized service that celebrates a loved one's hobbies, interests and life.
The following are ideas that you may use to personalize a service:
displays of personal memorabilia, such as awards, trophies, or favorite pastime items, such as garden tools
the writing of personal notes by family and friends during the service
service folders & registry books that reflect personal style and interests
music selections from our extensive library
special customs particular to different faiths, ethnic groups, and fraternal organizations
displays of uniforms and equipment for government employees
have motorcycles in the procession for a motorcycle enthusiast or have a cowboy's horse lead the procession for a cowboy
Our funeral directors are committed to helping you create a special tribute to your loved one that will honor a life well-lived. We encourage you to share your ideas, customs and wishes with us.
How Your Funeral Director Can Serve You
When a death occurs, your primary responsibility is to yourself and the ones you love. There are a number of things that require attention simultaneously. Regardless of the day or hour, Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is always prepared to respond to your needs quickly and competently. The funeral director's main function is to assist you with the necessary details of the funeral process. Among the services funeral directors provide are:
Arranging funeral plans
Securing necessary permits and death certificates
Care and custody of the body
Coordinating all details with the clergy
Arranging the music you have selected
Placing obituary and funeral notices in newspapers
Assisting in arranging for burial or cremation
Assisting in arrangements for cemetery space, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments
Arranging transportation for you and the members of your family prior to, during, and after the funeral
Supervision of the funeral or memorial service
All necessary arrangements for transportation, funeral service, and burial if the deceased is to be sent to a distant location
Notify Social Security Administration
For more information about our Professional Services, please contact us by e-mail or call at (541) 276-2331. We're here to help