Funeral and Memorial Services

A funeral or memorial service is an important way to celebrate a life well-lived. Having a ceremony allows us to embrace the beauty of life, leaving no regrets about the one chance we had to say goodbye. Below, the different types of ceremony are described, so you can select the type that fits your personality and style the best.

Ceremony - Create Healing Experiences

It has been said that when we have no words, ceremony speaks for us. A meaningful funeral ceremony is like the picture that paints a thousand words. Our experienced Funeral Directors are here to help you plan the perfect ceremony…one that will speak volumes about your loved one – while helping you move from life before death to life after death. Ceremony may be included in a visitation, a funeral, a memorial service, or a graveside service - no matter if you’ve chosen to
                                                                                  be buried or cremated.


Burial evokes feelings of tradition and commitment, because it establishes a place where you will always have a name – where you will always be remembered and honored by generations yet unborn. It is a place where those generations will come to feel a connection with their roots…your family. Choosing burial means your options for ceremony are many and limited only by your imagination.

Although a visitation/gathering in the evening and a funeral the next day are elements traditionally associated with burial, followed by a graveside committal at the cemetery, there’s nothing stopping you from making it your very own by adding a contemporary flare.  You may decide to have two nights of visitation/gathering with a casual - even festive - feel.  Or, you may choose to have the visitation/gathering on the same day as the funeral service.

If burial has been selected, usually any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present.  However, there is no ‘hard and fast’ formula for honoring your loved one when burial has been selected. We’re here to listen to your ideas, share our experience, and help you to arrive at the perfect way to gather together one last time in honor of your loved one.


Cremation means many things to many people; however, one thing it doesn’t mean is a lack of options. If you or a loved one chooses cremation, you should know that you have options, such as having a visitation, a funeral, or a memorial service. A gathering and time of remembrance are important for all families, not just those who choose a traditional funeral.

Selecting a ceremony: Choosing to have a visitation and funeral simply means the body will be present and cremation will follow the ceremonies – a highly desirable option for those who want to maintain tradition. Choosing a memorial service -- in which the body is not present, but cremated remains (ashes) may be – also allows the option of a preceding visitation to give friends and family a time to share and remember.

Deciding where your ashes will go: Whether you decide on a more traditional option - like having your ashes buried at a cemetery near other family members, kept in an urn with a family member, or scattered – or a more contemporary option -- like having your ashes made into an heirloom diamond for a special family member, shot into space in a rocket, placed inside a monument at a cemetery or in an eternal reef in the ocean – your choices are nearly limitless.

Although many funeral homes offer cremation services, not many perform the cremation on-site. Keeping your loved one close to home is important to us, which is why Erlewein Mortuary has Hancock County’s only crematory, located at our Greenfield mortuary. It’s about peace of mind...yours and ours.

Contact us when you’re ready to discuss your options or to request our new brochure “10 Questions to ask about Cremation”.

Green Burial 

Green Burial is an eco-friendly option that takes place without the use of formaldehyde-based embalming, metal caskets, and burial vaults. Erlewein Mortuary is one of a select number of establishments approved by the Green Burial Council to offer green burial packages. Although very few green burial cemeteries exist in Indiana presently, a hybrid green burial is possible in any cemetery without embalming and using a nonmetal casket with a burial vault.

You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over

Honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to acknowledge their life. Plan a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them. It will serve as a gift to everyone involved - a gift of memories, a gift of healing.