Funerals

Funeral Options

  • Traditional Funerals
  • Limited Traditional Cremation Services
  • Immediate Burials
  • Custom Funerals
  • Death Away From Home (Interstate/International)
  • Military Funerals

Traditional Funeral

Traditional funeral services are those that have the deceased embalmed and presented in a casket and typically occur within a few days after a death. Funeral services offer a central gathering place for family and friends to remember and support one another.  Following services, the deceased is transported and interred in a cemetery of the family’s choosing.

Funeral services often begin with a visitation at a funeral home. Many families receive relatives and friends one or two afternoons and/or evenings before the funeral ceremony. The deceased is present in a casket that may be either open or closed. Floral tributes, pictures, and/or family heirlooms and memorabilia may be placed around the room. There may also be visitation time immediately prior to the funeral service.

During a funeral service, family and friends gather to celebrate and mourn, usually at the funeral home or a church. At the funeral home, the funeral director or the family arrange for a clergy person or other officiant to conduct the service. A church ceremony is generally planned in coordination with a clergy person or other church representative. Special music, readings and a eulogy may be incorporated into the service and there is typically a procession to the cemetery following the funeral service.

A cemetery committal service is often held following a funeral service at either the gravesite or the cemetery chapel. This final ceremony includes some prayers or reflections, and may also include military honors or other religious or cultural traditions. The family may witness the casket being lowered into the grave vault and the closing of the grave.

Limited Traditional Cremation Services

Limited traditional cremation services will be just like a traditional funeral service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated). Following the viewing, service, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping.  Your loved ones cremated remains are typically returned in a standard crematory container, unless specified otherwise.  Families can then choose to place the cremated remains into a more permanent container called an urn.  Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. They can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Immediate Burials

Immediate burials are those that have the deceased placed in a casket with or without embalming and are then transported to the cemetery for interment within 48 hours of death.  Families may choose to have a cemetery committal service at the time of interment.    

Custom Designed Funerals

We understand that families may have unique funeral service needs.  Know that we will listen to your needs and desires and do our very best to create a service that will honor your loved one according to your wishes.

Death Away From Home

Our Buresh staff will work with you to make arrangements when a loved one dies away from home; interstate or international.

What to Do First

Call any of the 6 funeral home locations day or night. Normally you do not need to contact an out-of-state funeral home.  We will take care of this on your behalf. We will make the arrangements necessary to transport your loved one to the out-of-state funeral home for embalming, preparation, and return to Michigan. We will need some basic information from you, and we will ask you to call us upon your return to Michigan to set a time for an arrangement meeting.

Military Funerals

Military Honors

Upon the family’s request, we will arrange for military honors for every eligible veteran. Military funeral honors includes holding the United States flag over the casket, folding and presenting the flag and the playing of Taps by a funeral honors detail. If there is a burial, funeral honors traditionally happens at the cemetery. If there is not a burial, military honors may be done at the end of a service at the church or funeral home. We will arrange for such services for qualified veterans.

Burial Flag

The Veterans Administration provides an American flag, acquired by Buresh Funeral Home, to drape at the foot of the casket or be displayed during a memorial service of an eligible veteran. After the service, the flag will be presented to the next of kin. Many families treasure this flag. Some families choose to donate the burial flag to a national cemetery.

 Burial Allowance

For eligible veterans, the Veterans Administration will pay up to $700 toward burial and funeral expense allowance.  Veterans Administration will pay a $150 plot allowance when the eligible veteran is not buried in a cemetery that is under U.S. Government jurisdictions. Additional costs may also be reimbursed. We will assist in establishing eligibility and determining exact benefits.

If the veteran’s death is service related, Veterans Administration will pay a burial allowance up to $1,500, provide a military service, and pay the cost of transporting the remains of a service-disabled veteran to the national cemetery nearest the home of a deceased that has available gravesites.

 Burial in National Cemeteries

Eligible veterans and armed forces members who die on active duty are entitled for burial in a Veterans Administration national cemetery. Many national cemeteries have columbaria for the interment of cremated remains or special gravesites for the burial of cremated remains. Great Lakes National Cemetery, located in Holly, Michigan, is the nearest cemetery to metro Detroit.

Gravesites in national cemeteries cannot be reserved. Funeral directors must apply at the time of death.

Headstones and Markers

Veterans Administration provides headstones and markers for the unmarked graves of eligible veterans and for eligible dependents of veterans buried in national, state veteran or military cemeteries. The headstone or marker is ordered and placed at the cemetery.

When burial occurs in cemetery other than a national, military post or state veterans cemetery, the marker is shipped at government expense, but Veterans Administration does not pay the cost of placing the headstone or marker on the grave. Veterans Administration does not issue a headstone or marker for a spouse or child buried in a private cemetery.

Flat bronze, granite and marble or upright granite and marble types are available to mark the grave in a style consistent with the place of burial. Niche markers also are available to mark columbaria used for the interment of cremated remains. Headstones and markers are inscribed with the name of the deceased, the years of birth and death, and branch of service. Optional items that may be inscribed at VA expense are: military grade, rank or rate; war service; months and days of birth and death; an emblem reflecting one’s beliefs; valor awards; and the Purple Heart. Additional items may be inscribed at private expense.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

The Presidential Memorial Certificate expresses the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends, and more than one certificate may be requested.

Veterans Life Insurance Information

Please notify us if you need assistance with this. To contact the VA Insurance Center, call 1-800-669-8477, 8:00am to 6:30pm ET or visit http://www.insurance.va.gov/miscellaneous/

Surviving Spouse/Dependent Children Benefits

Specific benefits are available for the surviving spouse and dependent children of an eligible veteran. Please ask us for more information or visit http://www.vba.va.gov/survivors/.

Planning Ahead

To be prepared, advise your family of your wishes and where your discharge papers (DD-214) are kept. These papers are very important in establishing your eligibility for any of the Veteran’s benefits and allowances. To ensure that everything is in order, you may wish to make pre-need arrangements with a funeral home.  We would be honored to assist you in determining which benefits and honors you are eligible for. We can also store copies of discharge paper to have ready.