Traditional Services

What was once considered a "Traditional Funeral" is quite different today. Generations followed the age-old process that included a wake, visitation period of one to three days, with church service and burial following. Today's funerals are more of a celebration of life and less structured, often reflecting the personality, life and times of the beloved friend or family member.

At Jos. A. Ward Funeral Home, our "Traditional Service" includes all the components needed to celebrate the life of your loved one... with a number of personalization options available.

Included in the cost of a "Traditional Service":

 Services of our funeral director and staff, who direct the service, obtain all necessary documentation (including legal documentation and death notices/obituaries), the transporting of the deceased from the hospital or location of death to the Funeral Home, embalming and preparation of the deceased including dressing and cosmetics. We also include the use of our facility and staff for a viewing or visitation the evening before burial and/or the morning of the burial as well as staffing for the set-up and service at your church or other facility and transporting of the deceased.

Additional expenses not included:

 Casket, memorial items such as a registry book, memorial service handouts, thank you/ acknowledgement cards, clothing and hairdressing for the deceased, and cemetery costs.

Please discuss personalization options, Traditional Funeral costs and your needs with our funeral service professionals. We're there when you need us. 


Although cremation dates back 26,000 years, cremation has become more and more common in recent times. Some people view cremation as a simpler, more natural funeral process, while others prefer the lower cost of cremation to traditional burial.

Personalization and a variety of container (urn) sizes and styles are available for cremation. As for services, a traditional funeral service with an open or closed casket can, and often does take place before a cremation. Another option is to hold a memorial service after cremation with or without the urn present. A third option is cremation without a funeral or memorial service.

Whether you choose burial and a "touchstone" for the garden, a cemetery memorial, mausoleum vault with a plaque, or decide on a scattering under a newly planted tree, you and your family will have a the opportunity to memorialize your loved one and keep him or her close to you for years to come.

A Living Memorial

Only from Batesville... the Living Memorial® Tree Planting Program When a family purchases a Batesville casket through Jos. A. Ward Funeral Home, we will arrange for a tree to be planted through Batesville's Living Memorial® program.

Sometimes the extra touches make all the difference in the world. Consider Batesville's Living Memorial tree planting program...a simple concept that has grown from its inception in 1976 to become a major contributor to reforestation with more than 11 million trees planted as a lasting memorial to loved ones.


With every Batesville casket, urn or cremation container purchased, our special agreements with various government agencies arrange for a tree seedling to be planted in selected woodlands throughout the world. More than just a fitting tribute, this program provides for trees that shelter our wildlife, reduce water and wind erosion, and contribute to the purity of the air we breathe. It's a way to honor your loved one with a lasting memorial while helping the environment.

The Living Memorial program helps ensure that future generations will know the beauty of a green planet – a lasting legacy to a life well lived. Jos. A. Ward Funeral Home can provide you with more information on how you can participate in this program.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are here when you need us.
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