Burial & Cremation Services
For Buffalo, Orchard Park, Amherst, Snyder & Williamsville, NY
We offer a complete funeral service that can include the following services: Embalming, cremation, visitation, funeral Service, use of hearse, use of flower van, gratuity to Minister, gratuity to American Legion for military service, musician services, use of limousines, use of car for transporting pallbearers and minister, register book, memorial folders with photo, order of service folders, thank you cards, pallbearers acknowledgement cards, additional night of visitation, laminated obituary bookmarks, and celebration of life video.
It is our goal to give you more support than you expect at this very sensitive time. Our family is proud to serve the Buffalo, Orchard Park, Amherst, Snyder & Williamsville, NY areas. If you are considering a traditional burial service or a cremation service, please feel free to contact us to discuss your options or learn more about the process.
When a death occurs, many decisions have to be made for a funeral and burial, and they’re all part of a seemingly endless number of things that need attention during this time of loss. You can help make this difficult and emotional time easier for your family with a prearranged funeral plan.
Lombardo Funeral Home provides assistance and guidance to those persons who are interested in prearranged funeral plans. We have many affordable plans available, and our highly trained, professional staff can help you choose one that fits your needs and budget.
Over the last few years, the interest in cremation services as a means of final disposition has increased. There are many options available for those who choose cremation, and it is not necessary to limit or alter the type of funeral arrangements you select because you have chosen cremation. Many families include the traditional viewing, visitation and funeral service as a part of the final arrangements, while others decide to have a simpler memorial services.
The staff of Lombardo Funeral Home can help you make the decision that is right for you. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. For additional information about cremation, please call us at (716) 854-5363.
Why do people choose cremation over a traditional burial?
There are many reasons why people choose cremation. Among the most common are environmental considerations, philosophical reasons, cost and because they feel it is less complicated for their families. Whatever the reason, choosing cremation is a very personal decision and one that should be made after considering all the options. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have about cremation and to guide you through the planning process.
If I choose cremation, can my family still have a funeral service?
The choice of cremation does not limit the type of funeral arrangements you may make. Many people plan a traditional visitation and funeral service prior to the cremation while others decide on a simple memorial service to be held either before or after the cremation. Whatever your decision, it should be the one that is right for you.
Is a casket necessary?
If a funeral service is planned, either a traditional casket or a cremation casket may be chosen. Cremation caskets are simpler in design and are typically less expensive because they are made with different materials. We have many styles of both traditional and cremation caskets available, and our staff can help you decide which is most appropriate for your needs.
Will an urn be needed?
Following cremation, an urn or temporary container is used to protect the cremated remains. Cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials and price ranges. Temporary containers are designed to hold the remains only until final disposition and are made of less permanent materials. A selection of urns is available in our Family Services Center, and our staff can help you choose one that best fits your situation.
What happens after the cremation?
The cremated remains will be placed in an urn or temporary container. The remains are then given to the designated family member or other designated person for final disposition.
Planning a meaningful funeral for a loved one is a ritual that almost all of us will encounter at some point in our lives. As you consider the various aspects of a funeral where burial is the final disposition, there are several elements that you can and will need to select in order to create a touching tribute for your loved one. These things will also provide comfort to those who are living as you pay your final respects.
The Burial Committal Service
When a burial service is chosen, the graveside ceremony is the final opportunity to say goodbye. Accompanying a body to its final resting place and saying a few last words brings a necessary feeling of closure to the funeral process. Families are often deeply touched by this ceremony, and its memory resonates for years. A meaningful committal service not only helps us acknowledge the reality and finality of the death, it also symbolizes the separation that the death has created. It is an essential ingredient of a meaningful funeral experience.
A direct burial is when there is no funeral service, but instead simply final disposition of the body by the funeral home.
A word from Dr. Alan Wolfelt
If you are considering direct burial, I plead with you to reconsider. Honoring the life and death of the person who died with some sort of ceremony - no matter how brief, how small or how informal - will help your family acknowledge the reality of the death and begin to heal. When no ceremony is held, it is as if the life and death of the person who died had no significance to anyone. Also keep in mind that you may still hold a committal service at the grave site should you choose direct burial.
Think carefully about the many options available to you and your family. Slow down and plan. It is through planning that a meaningful funeral experience is created. And do remember that funeral directors, clergy, celebrants and close friends who have done these things before can all be valuable resources to you. You are not alone!