Service Options

Service Options

Planning a funeral service can be a very difficult process for families who have just lost a loved one. But it’s important to provide those who are grieving with a supportive environment in which they can begin to find closure, say goodbye, and come to terms with the loss. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to connect, share memories, offer words of sympathy, and create a lasting network of comfort and support as they start the journey toward healing.

Burial Services

There are different services that you can choose for a loved one’s burial, depending upon your individual desires and preferences:

  • Visitation, also called a viewing, wake, or calling hours, allows family and friends to gather in a room to say goodbye to the departed in an open or closed casket and to offer their support and sympathy to the bereaved family and friends. A visitation can take place at the funeral home, at a place of worship, or even at home.
  • A funeral or memorial service is a ceremony which serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one. As with visitation services, this funeral service can take place at the funeral home, at a place of worship, or even at home.
  • Graveside, chapel, or committal services are held at the cemetery, and allow family and friends to be present as their loved one’s casket is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial or entombment.
  • Immediate burial means that your loved one will be buried or entombed without a public service or gathering.
  • There are a variety of burial service options available for your review.

Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there cannot be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. There are many options available when it comes to honoring your loved one's life, and sometimes the thought that cremation is “simple” is not exactly true since there are often more choices to make. Would you like your loved one to be cremated in advance of all services, or would you like their body present in a casket for a more traditional feel? After the cremation occurs there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

  • Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations.
  • You can even hold a graveside services similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition. Please note that many jurisdictions, including Maryland, place restrictions on scattering cremated remains, and many faith traditions do not approve of scattering remains.
  • The most basic type of cremation service is referred to as “Direct Cremation” in which the cremation is the only service requested. For your convenience, even with direct cremation, Collins Funeral still offers assistance in placing death notices (obituaries) and contacting clergy at no extra charge.
  • There are a variety of cremation service options available for your review.

Payment Options

Collins Funeral Home requires payment in full prior to final services rendered. In some instances, such as with direct or immediate cremation when no other services are planned, payment is due in full at the arrangement conference. Please speak with one of our funeral directors if you have any questions or need more information.

  • Cash or Money Order (any amount in excess of $10,000 is subject to IRS notification)
  • Personal Check with Local Address
  • Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.
  • Life Insurance – available only for life insurance policies that are assignable, not contestable, that covers the full cost of contract, and with known beneficiaries who will sign-off on the assignment. There is an added fee to use this service - please refer to our General Price List.

Parking Announcement:
We are pleased to offer our families and visitors complimentary valet parking.
Please take advantage of this free amenity and refrain from parking in the surrounding neighborhood streets.

Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, Inc.
Phone: (301) 593-9500 | Fax: (301) 593-6551
500 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

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