Funeral and Memorial Services
All too often, families discount the value of a ceremony after the death of a loved one. In the depth of early grief, it might seem easier to take care of funeral arrangements as simply and quickly as possible. However, coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process that gives your family and friends the opportunity to start the healing process. Designing a meaningful service is a significant way to honor and celebrate the life of your loved one.
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Create Healing Experiences
Gathering with friends and family after a loss gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. A funeral or memorial service, whether traditional or contemporary, formal or relaxed, is the first step in healing. We can help you create a unique, meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.
Plan your service anywhere and any way you want with a comprehensive selection of customizable elements, including:
- Place of celebration
- Date and time
- Musical selection
We can arrange to have doves, butterflies, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. We’re here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one and make a difference in the lives of all who attend.
When the important ceremonial decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains by having you choose between burial and cremation. You may have already decided or your loved one may have communicated exactly how they wish to be cared for. For those who are unsure, we are able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one and for you.
If burial has been chosen, then the selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows.
Usually, any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to offer a traditional viewing and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or, you could decide to have a more relaxed service in a location of your choice, even in your family home.
There is no definitive formula for honoring your loved one when burial has been selected. We’re here to listen to your concerns, share our experience, and help you to arrive at the perfect way to gather together before your loved one's interment in the cemetery of your choice.
There are also options for a green burial. If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.
If cremation has been chosen , the next decision is whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche or buried on the cemetery grounds.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. The options for a memorial ceremony are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.
You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over
You want to look back years from now and know that you did the best you could to honor the life of your loved one. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone who knew them.
Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak about their feelings and wishes.
Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your options.
Contact us today to speak with one of our directors by calling (765) 649-5255 or filling out the form below.