Planning a funeral requires a lot of thought and planning to ensure the event is a good fit for your family traditions and preferences. When you are preparing for funeral and cremation services in Columbia, MD, it’s essential that you are working with a team you can trust. An experienced funeral director offers the ongoing assistance and the help you need in facing the many decisions yet to come.
Whether you are preparing for a traditional funeral, or you want to stick with a simple cremation plan, Snowden Funeral Home is here to assist. We respect the needs of each family and know that you have unique preferences. Our goal is to create funeral services you will remember for a lifetime. This event is a time when you can honor the memories shared with your loved ones over the years.
Both funerals and cremations can be planned last-minute if needed. Our team at Snowden Funeral Home has a proven system to support families in coordinating these services in just a few short days. Sometimes, the event is unexpected, which means that the family doesn’t have much time to prepare for these services.
If you need immediate funeral planning, then just call our team to get started. We will answer your questions and walk you through the specific process of designing a customized funeral plan. We offer a full-service approach, which means that we are the only industry provider you need to talk to through this planning process.
On the other hand, there are benefits to preparing funeral services in advance. You don’t need to procrastinate these important decisions. Instead, be proactive in creating a quality plan right now so you are prepared for anything that might happen down the road. Funeral preplanning is a great way to take care of your loved ones after you are gone. Additionally, you have a chance to share your desires so your preferences are honored during the event.
You can start the preplanning process whenever you are ready. Some people finalize these details when they are in great health. Other people reach out to our funeral planning staff because they know that the event will need to be planned in the coming weeks or months. Whatever your timeline, our team at Snowden Funeral Home is here to help you with these important decisions.
The funeral is a chance for family and friends to gather together, begin the healing process, honor those who have passed away. Whether you choose burial or cremation we can provide traditional options as well as custom ones so that this service truly reflects your loved one's life. We are happy to accommodate any special requests from cultures & religions with unique traditions surrounding funerals too! This moment should be about you and your family – it will mean a lot knowing that our team is here in whatever way possible throughout these tough times ahead of us all!
Cremation has become a popular option for many people because it can be more flexible as to where and when you hold a service. You could have a traditional funeral service before or without the urn present, keep the urn after scattering ashes in different places, bury an urn in your gravesite, scatter them at sea, etc. No matter what ceremony we create for you whether burial or cremation our goal is to provide meaningful services that honor who they were while alive making their send-off peaceful yet celebratory.
A traditional casket burial comes with many options for you to choose from. You can have an immediate burial without a public service, or attend the visitation, viewing, and wake in person prior to closing out of respect by having one last look at their physical being before they are laid into eternal rest. If that doesn't sound appealing then I'd suggest attending the funeral services held here on site followed by a graveside ceremony elsewhere if desired rather than just laying them down underground immediately. It's up to you entirely how much time and effort is put into such ceremonies as it will be your final goodbye so take your pick!
A memorial service can be held soon after death, weeks later with or without an urn present. By creating a time and place for family and friends to gather together and support each other, share memories of the deceased person as well as pay their respects, we are able to create a meaningful event that serves those who have been impacted by the loss of someone they care about deeply. We hold our services at funeral homes but also offer this option if preferred so you control where it is being held which allows your loved one’s memory to live on wherever you feel most comfortable holding this type of gathering.Just like a funeral service, memorial services allow families & friends to come together in mourning over losing someone special while sharing stories/memories from them.
The cost of your funeral can vary depending on what type you choose. A traditional viewing and burial averages $7,640 while cremation is just $350 because most homes handle this in-house. By 2025 the NFDA expects 63% to be handled via cremations since it's cheaper than burials due to external costs like vaults that aren't necessary for ashes.
Columbia is an increasingly popular place to live in the area. In 2020, Columbia was ranked 20th on Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list, and in 2021, it has risen up five spots into fifth. It also took first place last 2016. This makes sense given that WalletHub ranks Columbia as number one for safest cities in America with a population of at least 25,000 people which gives residents peace of mind when they are living there or visiting their family members who reside here both day or night time hours because crime rates are low.