From the beginning of civilization, the custom of caring for the deceased, honoring a life passed, and supporting those who mourn has been at the core of our humanity. Funeral service rituals have always been truly for the living, giving those left behind an opportunity to grieve, accept the loss and find closure. It remains an important part of the healing process.
Deciding how you would like to remember and honor your loved one—or how you would like to be remembered—is a personal choice. With so many options available, you can customize a fitting tribute that reflects a unique life and individual passions. Today, funeral and memorial services can be as varied as the individual they represent.
Type of Service
- Visitation or Wake
- Memorial Service
- Graveside Service
- Chapel Service
- Church Service
- Committal Service
- Special Gatherings
No matter how you choose to remember, you have many options when planning a service, including:
Time and Place
A funeral or memorial service can take place at any time and can usually be held in the location of your choosing. A service can be held, not only immediately following a death, but also at a later designated date or as an annual event of remembrance.
A funeral can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. The things that had meaning to your loved one will also give meaning to the people who attend the service. Sharing memories with others can be as simple as:
- Playing a special song or telling a personal story.
- Displaying photos.
- Showcasing items from a favorite hobby.
Your funeral arranger will work with you to help plan a funeral, memorial service or gathering that reflects your family's wishes and honors the spirit of your life or the life of the person who was so special to you.
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