Families commemorate the important milestones in their lives - births, marriages, anniversaries - and death deserves the same consideration. Whatever the visitation, ritual, rite or observance you have in mind, we'll work with you to design the ceremony that best honors your loved one and brings comfort to those left behind. It may help family members to have a viewing type of service. The body present serves as a focal point for mourners and helps them acknowledge and affirm the passing. Whatever type of service you choose, our caring staff has the experience to walk you through every step of the process, from the initial consultation to the finishing touches that make the ceremony a very personalized tribute. Let us make this a meaningful time, as we do everything possible to bring you and your family closure. We'll coordinate every detail with the utmost commitment to personal care.
Our Service Guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied with any part of our service, we will refund that portion.
Traditional Funeral Services
A traditional funeral service is when your loved one is present. Generally, a visitation is held the day or night before the funeral. The service itself takes place the following day, either in our funeral home, a church or another place chosen by the family. Services often include scripture readings, prayers, a eulogy, music and, sometimes, a sermon. Afterwards there is a procession to the cemetery for a graveside committal service, with a reception following in our fellowship hall, a church or other gathering place.
A memorial service is held when the deceased is not present. It may take place at our funeral home, a church or another place chosen by the family. This service is a time to remember a loved one through fellowship with family and friends. It can be held in addition to the traditional funeral service, i.e. holding the funeral here and, later, a memorial service in the deceased's hometown.
On-Site Cremation Services
Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home is Yankton's only funeral home with an on-site crematory. Cremation is often accompanied by the same rites and ceremonies of traditional funeral and/or memorial services. Final disposition options include earth burial, entombment and scattering. Some families keep the cremated remains in an urn or other container.
Aftercare services are available daily, and our "Health Healing" support groups meet in the evening for those needing an extra measure of comfort. Led by Jennifer Powell, these groups are held March through May and September through November. Specific dates and times will be provided upon request. You are also welcome to make use of the books and videos on help in healing from our extensive aftercare and grief resource library.
Jennifer attended Yankton College and University of South Dakota, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education from YC and a Master's in Educational Psychology and Counseling from USD. Jennifer and her husband Ted live in Yankton and have 4 children. Jennifer has 20 years' experience in the field of counseling
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