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Edwards Funeral Home - Chinook, Montana

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We know that the people of north central Montana are as diverse as the stunning country side we live in and we are committed to being flexible and accommodating to the diverse customs and traditions of all our families. Our job is to listen to our customer's ideas and concerns and collaborate together on the perfect way to gather family and friends to honor your loved one.

Upon calling a consultation with the staff of Edwards Funeral Home, our immediate job will be to assume the burden of all the details and arrangements for the services you choose. We will work to immediately minimize the stress and workload on your family and work together to create a meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.

At Edwards Funeral Home we offer a diverse range of service types, all tailored to your specific requests:

  • Traditional service consisting of casket and cemetery burial

  • Traditional Funeral Service Followed by Cremation

  • Cremation with a Memorial Service

  • Direct Cremation, No Memorial Service

  • Graveside Service

  • Forwarding of Remains to another Funeral Home

  • Receiving Remains from another Funeral Home

  • Special services

Together we can create a unique experience that celebrates the life of your loved one and allows families and friends to gather and bereave together.

Please contact us for current pricing for the above service packages and for a general price list for our service and product offerings. We are committed to offer families affordable solutions and will work within your specific budget parameters and offer an array of payment plans and options.

Traditional funeral service

The traditional funeral service typically consists of a full funeral service at a church, our funeral chapel, or the location of your choice. A funeral service provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather, mourn, and celebrate the life of their loved one. Often the body is presented in a casket which allows family and friends to pay their respects in person. A traditional funeral often consists of one or more of the following:

  • Visitation, wake or viewing - Customarily held the night before or a day or two prior to a funeral service, the visitation – also called a wake or a viewing provides a way for friends and acquaintances to pay their individual respects and offer their condolences to the family.

  • Memorial or Tribute Service - Similar to a funeral or visitation, a memorial service gives family and friends a time to come together and celebrate the memory of the deceased’s life.

  • Graveside Service - A graveside service is held at the gravesite just prior to the burial of the casket or urn. This final service usually consists of a eulogy, final remarks, prayers or in memoriam sentiments.

  • Military honors – The presentation of military honors is a special ceremony that pays respects to our veterans. An honor guard detail, consisting of member of the local Armed Forces, will be present for the burial service of an eligible veteran. The honor detail will perform a ceremony that includes draping the American flag over the veteran’s casket, a gun salute, the playing of taps and the folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin.

A traditional service often includes music, eulogies, prayers and speeches, a register book, and memorial folders. Edwards Funeral home will handle all the arrangement and details for a service including care and custody of the deceased, managing schedules with clergy, music, the facility, cemetery, pall bearers and others, placing obituary and funeral notices with media, assisting in arrangements with the cemetery, set-up, grave opening and closing, flowers and monuments, arranging transportation for family members, supervision of the funeral or memorial service, and securing state certificates and authorizations.

Before the service, families will also often gather for a visitation, wake or viewing of the body. Often after the service burial will immediately follow at the cemetery of the family’s choice.

Traditional Funeral Service Followed by Cremation

The same as the Traditional Funeral Service listed above but followed by a cremation instead of a traditional burial with casket.

Cremation with a Memorial Service

Edwards Funeral Home will handle all the aspects for families opting for cremation of their loved one. Cremation arrangements can be individually tailored specifically to the wishes of the family and Edwards Funeral Home offers an array of options including:

  • Traditional funeral service

  • Visitation, wake or viewing

  • Religious service prior to and after the cremation

  • Graveside service

Staff from Edwards Funeral Home will be present with the family throughout the process and the service can include music, a register book, memorial folder and a burial following the service. Cremation services can be personalized in many ways including the display of personal items during the service or viewing and personalized caskets and burial urns. We offer a wide selection of burial urns and other final resting places for the cremated remains of your loved ones.

Direct Cremation, No Memorial Service

Edwards Funeral Home will handle the transportation, handling, permits and documentation for the cremation of your loved one.

Graveside Service

A graveside service includes all documentation handling, permits, and burial of body at a cemetery or crypt with a service. This service usually consists of a eulogy, final remarks, prayers or in memoriam sentiments and can be customized to your family’s wishes.

Forwarding of Remains to another Funeral Home

If the death occurs locally and the family chooses to have a service or burial in another location, Edwards Funeral Home can handle the embalming and facilitate transportation and all logistics for safe and prompt delivery to a funeral home of your choosing.

Receiving Remains from another Funeral Home

If the death occurs in another location and the family chooses to bury the deceased locally, we can receive and secure the remains and process necessary documentation and permits for the burial.

Special Services

Many families have asked us to provide their loved one with special services to create a unique and memorable experience. Some examples of special services that we have provided in the past include horse-led funeral wagon, processions for hundreds of vehicles, unique locations such as parks, family cemeteries or other special places, special visitation hours, a living memorial, balloon release, distinct live music, branding of caskets, and arranging for patriot guards for military services.

Edwards Funeral Home  ♦  500 Indiana Street, Chinook, MT 59523   ♦  406-357-2529