Designing Your Ceremony
There are two facets of designing your ceremony. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate your loved one's life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.
With an Eye to Your Future
We can help you come to the decisions that will meet your needs now, and in the future. After all, you will need to live with these decisions for a long time. Doing the right thing now can make all the difference in your peace-of-mind through the coming years. Contact us today to discuss your thoughts.
How to Honor a Life
It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss, to honor and celebrate your loved one and the life you shared. It’s a natural thing to do, allowing friends, family, and community to support each other and share the loss. Most importantly, a traditional funeral or memorial ceremony, or a creative celebration of life, is the first step in healing.
You can have your ceremony anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers and readings will be shared and what 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 ceremony to honor your loved one. The options are endless...if you can dream it, we can help you make it happen.
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 ideal decision for your loved one, and for you.
Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.
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, buried on the cemetery grounds, or scattered in a special place.
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. There are many ways to do this.
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 funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (207) 623-8722.