Since 1900, Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been serving families of Berks and Lancaster Counties during some of the most difficult moments of their lives. We are known throughout our community for providing personalized funeral services that will meet your wishes and surpass your expectations. We also specialize in veteran and masonic services.
Whether your choice is a full service cremation service or traditional burial, we have seen firsthand the healing that can come from planning a meaningful funeral. Our experienced team will help guide you through each decision you’ll need to make, making the process as simple as possible.
We offer a variety of personalization options, so together we can design a farewell that tells the story of your loved one’s life, while staying within your family’s budget. We can create funerals for all faiths and cultural traditions.
No matter your needs or preferences, we are here to help you.
A Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
Committal Graveside Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.
A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.
Each component of a funeral service is intended to engage the attendees in activities which will transform their status within the community, provide mourners with a collective grieving experience, and celebrate a life lived. Anthropologists label a funeral as a rite of passage, which affects everyone involved–including the deceased. His or her social status changes dramatically, from a living contributing member of the community to one whose contributions are in the past, and relegated to memory. But the status of each of the survivors– the immediate family most especially– has also changed. In fact, the traditional funeral service can be the start of a defined period of mourning for bereaved family members, marking this transition in a uniquely identifiable way.
For families and individuals living in this region (as elsewhere in the nation), a funeral service can mean many things. Some fall back on what is commonly called a "traditional funeral"; others see that same traditional service as an emotionally unfulfilling event. Fortunately, thanks to a number of unique social forces, there are alternatives. Today, end-of-life commemorative services range from the traditional funeral, to a memorial service and the increasingly popular celebrations-of-life gatherings. If you have yet to realize the immense value of such a collective acknowledgement of loss, reach out to us. Call to speak with one of our experienced funeral service professionals.