Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors provide a full range of mortuary services, facilities and merchandise and are ready to serve around the clock and around the calendar. Whether we are needed at three in the morning or three in the afternoon, weekdays, holidays, weekends, year round, your call for assistance will always be answered. From the simplest burial and cremation services to complete traditional and non-traditional funerals; from memorial services, graveside services, scattering of ashes to anniversary observances and remembrance services, Lynch & Sons can assist families with any and all of their funeral and commemorative decisions. Likewise, from pre-planning, pre-funding to at-need services and aftercare resources, Lynch & Sons provides information, education, good-counsel and guidance to its clients' families before a death occurs, when a death occurs, and after a death has taken place. We feel that the best decisions are the most informed decisions, so all funeral arrangements are made by open, honest discussion with families about costs, fees and finances, as well as their concerns about the meaning and value of the funeral.
Caskets, cremation caskets, burial vaults, urns, monuments, markers, keepsakes and commemorative jewelry along with a variety of printed, audio and video products are available in all price ranges. Lynch & Sons believes that all decisions related to the expense of funeral services and the choices of funeral merchandise belong to the client-family. None of our directors or staff works on commission or quotas or bonuses. No discussion of funeral arrangements will take place without fully itemized price information and disclosures. This is in keeping with good consumer protection, good business policy, and the spirit and the letter of federal regulations. Lynch & Sons believe that what is good for the consumer is good for our firm. We guard our reputation accordingly.
Among the variety of services we provide:
Complete funeral services ending in cremation or burial.
For most families, in addition to the dispostion of the dead, a chance for the living to gather, pay final respects, share stories and memories and the grief that attends a death is an important part of the funeral process. Visitation is most often held at the funeral home for one or two days prior to the actual funeral service. During this visitation, religious and fraternal services are often held – rosary and vigil services, Masonic services family wakes. A formal funeral service follows, most often at the family’s church or at the funeral home and a procession to the graveside or crematory is most often part of the ceremony.
Limited funeral services ending in cremation or burial.
Some families prefer to condense or do without some elements of a complete funeral. Often we plan services where the visitation is for a couple of hours rather than for a couple of days and there is no procession to the grave or crematory. Such limited services may all take place within the same morning or afternoon or evening and may occur at the funeral home or the family church or elsewhere.
Home wakes and home funerals
Before funeral “parlors” there were family parlors where the dead were laid out, weddings were performed and babies were baptized. The family home was the venue for life’s big events – birth, death and marriage. This 19th and early 20th century fashion is, for many families, still especially meaningful. The assistance of the funeral director in laying out the dead, supplying equipment, merchandise as well as guidance and direction for any formal services and transportation to the place of burial or cremation can be very helpful. Lynch & Sons are able to assist families in keeping a death in the family a home-based and family-centered event.
Green burial and natural burial options
Lynch & Sons were the first funeral directors in Michigan to be approved as members of the Green Burial Council. Accordingly, we make available to families merchandise and service options specifically designed to limit the environmental impact of earth burial and cremation. From formalin free body preparations, to bio-degradable coffins and caskets, and referral to cemeteries with green burial sections, we can assist families in funeral procedures in keeping with the objectives of environmental protection and nature conservancy.
Immediate cremation and burial options
For families who choose immediate cremation or burial, Lynch & Sons can coordinate the medical-legal certifications required for a burial or cremation permit in a timely manner. We can assist with planning of memorial services, graveside services, and the disposition of cremated remains.
While Immediate Burial and Direct Cremation are options which may reduce expenses related to funeral home facilities and services, they neither restrict a family's rights to witness or participate in the disposition of their dead, nor do they reduce our firm's professional obligations to secure positive identification of the deceased, provide dignified transport, custody and oversight of the final disposition and return cremated remains to the family in a timely manner. Accordingly, we schedule immediate burials and cremations to allow for the presence of family and staff at graveside and crematory.
Every family and every funeral is unique and may incorporate elements from a variety of service options. Please feel free to discuss your family’s particular requirements with us in confidence.