Funeral Services

At Zieren-Day Funeral Home, we offer burial, cremation, and funeral services from the simplest to the most traditional and beyond, at a price range designed to fit everyone’s budget. There are many choices available when it comes to a funeral. A more “traditional” funeral consists of a visitation usually held at the funeral home the night before, followed by the funeral service located either at the funeral home or church and burial in a cemetery. Recently more and more families are choosing funeral services that are more reflective of the lifestyle lived by their loved ones. Please browse our services to see all that we offer.  And remember, these are only common options.  We can plan a special, more personalized, service to fit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a Funeral Service Important?
It’s important to understand that Funeral or Memorial Services are intended to help survivors (family and friends) after the death of a loved one.They are an important step in the grieving process. Psychologists and other experts agree that the Funeral or Memorial Service is a means whereby survivors can express their grief in ways that are meaningful to them. In turn they are surrounded by friends and family who are there to provide support and comfort.

What is The Difference Between a Funeral And Memorial Service?
The only difference between these two services is whether or not the body is present. A funeral service is conducted with the presence of the body and a memorial service is conducted in memory of the person without the presence of the full body. Memorial services are most-often associated with Cremation, but are used also in other situations.

Can You Still Have A Traditional Funeral With Cremation?
Yes. All of the customs and ceremonies associated with a traditional funeral can still be performed prior to the cremation taking place. For these occasions, we offer economical rental caskets.

What is a Visitation and When Should One Be Held?
A visitation, also referred to as a "wake," is a time set aside for friends and family of the deceased to gather together for comfort and support. It is generally held with the body present for viewing and offers a more casual and open time for offering condolences to the family. It is most often held in the evening, prior to the Funeral or Memorial Service being held the following day. However it is not uncommon to have a visitation immediately preceding the Funeral Service.

Is Embalming Required By Law?
No...and Yes. In Illinois, embalming is not required by law, unless the family has selected a funeral service which includes a public viewing. This would include families who have selected cremation services who desire a viewing after 24 hours from the time of death.

How Can We Create a More Personalized Funeral?
It is becoming increasingly more common for a Funeral or Memorial Service to be a reflection of the life lived by the deceased. Remembrances and prayers offered by family and friends, picture boards, treasured belongings and favorite music can all play a major role in making this final tribute, an important part of an expressive service.  Here are some options we offer to personalize a funeral service:
  • Video Tributes - A video tribute containing photographs, text and graphics can be custom made. Powerful when incorporated into the visitation and/ or funeral service a video tribute also preserves memories for generations to come.
  • Memory Boards and Tables -Memory boards and tables have become a common way to personalize a service. Photographs and other memorabilia can be displayed at the visitation or funeral service. These are often items that were owned and cherished by the deceased.
  • Music - Music can move the listener like nothing else. We encourage families to incorporate favorite songs of their loved one into the services. Whether it be favorite old hymns, contemporary worship, country, rock and anything in between, we’ve done them all.

What Are The Most Commonly Used Funeral Services?
  • Traditional Church or Funeral Home Chapel Service, Visitation and Committal Service at the Cemetery - If you select a traditional chapel or church service, the funeral will be held at our funeral home chapel or your church with a public or private visitation before. When the funeral service is concluded there will be a procession to the cemetery for the committal service.
  • Graveside Funeral Service With or Without Visitation - If you select a graveside service, the funeral service will be held at the graveside at the cemetery of your choosing. A public or private visitation may be held at the funeral home prior to the graveside service.
  • Direct Burial Without a Funeral Service - If you select a direct burial without a Funeral Service, the deceased will be buried without any visitation, funeral or memorial services performed.
  • Cremation With a Funeral or Memorial Service - If you select a cremation with a funeral or memorial service, you have the option to hold a visitation and/or funeral prior to the cremation process. You may prefer to hold a memorial service after the cremation.—The choice is yours.
  • Direct Cremation Without a Service - If you select a direct cremation without a Funeral or Memorial Service, the deceased will be cremated without any visitation, funeral or memorial services performed.

For more detailed information on these and other services offered, our staff is available for your assistance by calling, 618-594-3151.

Veteran's Benefits

If desired, we can help arrange for burial in a National Veterans Cemetery. We will explore and help you secure potential veterans benefits, such as military graveside honors, a burial flag, a government veterans grave marker, and a presidential memorial certificate.

Social Security

We will notify the Social Security Administration of the death. We will explain and help you apply for any benefits you may be entitled to through Social Security.

Death Certificates

We will help you in obtaining a death certificate which can be important for insurance purposes as well a host of other issues.