Traditional Burial Service or Life Celebration Service

Thomas F. X. Flynn, Jr., and the staff of Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers Inc. provide individually planned services that meet the personal needs of each family. Our professional staff is prepared to assist you with your complete funeral arrangements, including:

Traditional Service
Our traditional service package includes embalming, services of a funeral director and staff, one or two days of viewing, the funeral ceremony at a Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Center Inc. or church of your choice, a register book, memorial folders, acknowledgement cards, and services of the hearse and necessary automotive equipment. Tom and the the Staff of Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc are always willing to help you in any way possible, including arranging your floral tributes and helping you to display photographs, creating DVD memorials, repast events and other memorials that make each service special.

Graveside Service
The graveside service is held at the burial site. This can be done separately or in conjunction with the Traditional Service.  Tom or his staff  would be happy to discuss details of this option with you on an individual basis, and arrange with Clergy or a Life Celebrant as directed.

Memorial Services - Life CELEBRATIONS

With chapels at both locations, we can provide a comfortable atmosphere for your individually planned Memorial Service or Life Celebrations our staff are also available to help you plan a personal memorial at the location of your choice.  We have conducted services at our Chapel’s, Church Halls, Fraternal Halls, club houses, private residences, public gardens, and ocean front beach sites.  Our approach is to reflect the life lived with honestly and a sense of what the the family or survivors would like to tell the world about that special person that we are honoring.

For your convenience, visit our FORMS page for downloadable Funeral Services forms.

Cemetery Types

Monumental cemetery: A monumental cemetery is the traditional style of cemetery where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground.  There are countless different types of designs for headstones, ranging from very simple to large and complex.

Lawn cemetery: A lawn cemetery is where each grave is marked with a small commemorative plaque that is placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground-level.  Families can still be involved in the design and the information contained on the plaque, however in most cases the plaques are a standard design. 

Mausoleum: A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people.  A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb or the tomb may be considered to be within the mausoleum.  The most famous mausoleum is the Taj Mahal in India.

Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains.  While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family a place to come to mourn and visit.  Columbarium walls do not take up a lot of space and it is a cheaper alternative to a burial plot.

Natural cemeteries: Natural cemeteries, also known as eco-cemeteries or green cemeteries is a new style of cemetery set aside for natural burials.  Natural burials are motivated by the desire to be environmentally conscience, although natural burials can be performed at any type of cemetery, they are usually done in a natural woodland area.  Conventional markings such as headstones are generally replaced with a tree or a bush or a placement of a natural rock.

Frequently Asked Questions

What purpose does a funeral serve?
Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.  Tom feels it is the time for those that have selected him to “TELL THE WORLD” just how special that person was and that their life had meaning and purpose.  He truly works very hard to reflect the families love of the deceased to those that had a work, sporting or church relationship with the deceased.  Tom feels it is his role to show how special the life lived was, and why we stand here sad today.

What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. Funeral directors are listeners, advisors, and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death, and link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

Do you have to have a funeral director to perform a burial or cremation?
In New York State you must retain the services of a Licensed Funeral Director to perform the removal of the deceased from the location of death, obtain and file the Death Certificate and transport the remains to either a cemetery or crematory of your choice.

Why should we have a public viewing?
Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary.  We also fully understand that grief is a private and personal event in the structure of a family, and we offer families the ability to view the remains privately without performing a embalming, but a time where the remains are washed and shrouded for a private time of reflection or prayer.

What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Does a dead body have to be embalmed, according to law?
No,  In New York State the embalming of the deceased human being is not required by law, however if you select certain funeral arrangements such as an open casket public viewing, then the funeral home may require embalming.  Our policy is that any open casket public viewings must be embalmed, HOWEVER this by no means limits the families or authorizing agents right of viewing the un-embalmed deceased human being before a simple burial or cremation service.  In New York State the State may under certain conditions require an embalming if the deceased died of a reportable contagious disease and that is outlined in the Public Health Law or Directives of Rules and Regulations.

Isn’t burial space becoming scarce?
While it is true some metropolitan areas have limited available cemetery space, in most areas of the country there is enough space set aside for the next 50 years without creating new cemeteries. In addition, land available for new cemeteries is more than adequate, especially with the increase in entombment and multi-level grave burial.

How much does a funeral cost?
According to a 2010 NFDA Survey of Funeral Home Operations, the average cost for a funeral is $6,560.00  This includes a professional service charge, transfer-of remains, embalming, other preparation, use of viewing facilities, use of facilities for ceremony, hearse, limousine, and metal casket. Vault, cemetery and monument charges were not included in the above average.

Why are funerals so expensive?
When compared to other major life cycle events, like births and weddings, funerals are not expensive. A wedding costs at least three times as much; but because it is a happy event, wedding costs are rarely criticized. A funeral home is a 24-hour, labor-intensive business with extensive facilities (viewing rooms, chapels, limousines, hearses, etc.).These expenses must be factored into the cost of a funeral. Moreover, the cost of a funeral includes not only merchandise, like caskets, but the services of a funeral director in making arrangements, filing appropriate forms, dealing with doctors, ministers, florists, newspapers, and others, and seeing to all the necessary details. Contrary to popular belief, funeral homes are largely family-owned with a modest profit margin.