There are two facets to the design process of funeral planning. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains, which is an integral part of organizing funeral arrangements.
How to Honor a Life
It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially expected practice. More importantly, making funeral arrangements, whether traditional or contemporary, is the first step in healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and in any way you want. Your choices for the funeral planning include the place of celebration, day of the week, time of day, and the musical selection, what prayers will be said, or songs you’d like sung. 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.
Burial or Cremation?
Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.
Once you decide, the finer details come into focus for the funeral planning. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you in all throughout the process of making funeral arrangements.
If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.
In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally friendly choice.
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 of their feelings and desires.
Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional at funeral planning will help clarify your thinking. Contact us today.