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Service Options

Planning a memorial service for your loved one — or yourself, if you’re pre-planning — involves more than making a decision between burial and cremation.

Yes, you’ll have to make the basic choice of what type of service you’ll have. But when planning a memorial service, it’s equally important to consider how you and your attendees will be honoring your loved one.

 

You don’t have to make these decisions alone: Morris-Baker’s funeral professionals are here to guide you through the whole process.

We’ll shepherd you through the logistics as well as selecting the elements that will make your service unique and tailored to your values and needs. We’ll also help you create a comprehensive event plan so you aren’t caught off guard by unforeseen issues or expenses.

To get started, schedule a meeting with a professional or use our online planning tool.



Certified Funeral Celebrant Services

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of planning a memorial service, you’re not alone. Most people aren’t experts at funeral planning! That’s where a funeral celebrant comes in.

A funeral celebrant can step in when:

  • You don’t have a specific clergyperson in mind
  • You don’t want a religious funeral ceremony
  • You need help creating a unique service that reflects the personality and life of your loved one


A funeral celebrant will also collaborate with the funeral director to make sure every detail of the service is carried out to your specifications.

Morris-Baker’s Shuly Cawood and Michael Richards, certified by the InSight Institute, are the Tri-Cities’ only certified funeral celebrants.

Our funeral professionals will happily connect you with one of our certified funeral celebrants — just ask.



Webcasting for funeral services

Morris-Baker has offered webcasting services for years, but the offering has taken on new relevance as COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way families and friends can gather. We’ve installed multiple cameras and state-of-the-art audio equipment in our chapel that lets guests watching from remotely feel like they’re in the room with you. We also offer graveside webcasting services.

If you’re planning a memorial service and want to include at-risk guests or faraway relatives or other loved ones who can’t make the trip to Johnson City for a memorial service.

A webcasted service can bring everyone together for a meaningful sendoff for your loved one — even if you can’t be in the same room.

 



Funeral services for veterans

Morris-Baker values the selfless service and patriotism of our country's veterans and is proud to offer the families of veterans dignified, professional service during their time of need.

Military funeral honors are available to eligible veterans. Learn more about our funeral service offerings for veterans.



Kibbi the therapy dog

Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to those grieving the loss of a loved one. These specially trained animals are gentle and friendly and love being petted. For those coping with loss — especially children — interacting with a therapy dog can lower your stress level and bring on a sense of peace.

Kibbi is Morris-Baker’s therapy dog. (She has also been comforting young patients and their families since 2011 at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital.)

If you’d like to meet Kibbi at Morris-Baker, please let us know in advance so she’s here for your arrangement conference or service.



Morris-Baker’s hospitality center and catering

In addition to our chapels, Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services also offers a well-appointed hospitality center for guests to gather after services.

This warm, inviting space is perfect for friends and family to laugh, cry, reminisce, and start the healing process together.

We also offer catering services for groups of every size. Our team can help you choose a menu that will comfort and nourish your guests during a difficult time, from simple deli selections to elaborate buffets.

If you’re interested in these services, please mention it during your arrangement conference!


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