Designing Your Funeral
The design process consists of two parts. First, you must think about how you would like to commemorate and celebrate the life. After making these vital decisions, you must decide the way in which you want to deal with the physical remains.
Honoring a Life
A funeral or memorial service brings your loved ones together at a time of loss and mourning. It is a socially-expected event following the passing of a loved one. Please also keep in mind that such ceremonies, whether traditional or more modern, provide the foundation for healing.
You can decide where and how the funeral or memorial service proceeds. You choose the location of the tribute, the day of the week, the time of day, the musical selection, the prayers said and the hymns or songs that are sung. We can make specialized arrangements for you, such as a dove, butterfly or balloon release at the conclusion of the service. You can give your guests keepsake gifts such as wildflower seeds or a tree seedling. We are always available to assist you in creating the most fitting and meaningful service in honor of your loved one.
Burial or Cremation?
The next area of consideration revolves around the choice between burial, cremation, or even anatomical donation. Generally, people have a clear understanding of their wishes regarding physical remains. The loved one may have indicated which means of final disposition they preferred. However, this can be a difficult decision for some families, particularly when the desires of the departed were never made clear. In this instance, please know that we are equipped to help you make the decision that is right for you and your loved one.
If traditional burial is selected, then a casket, burial vault, cemetery, and specific plot are among the variables to be considered. Some communities have the option of a “green burial," and all of these elements may not be required. If this selection is preferred, we will help to find environmentally-sound alternatives.
Should cremation be your choice, then you must decide whether to keep the cremains, place them in a columbarium niche, inter them in a burial ground, or scatter them over land or sea.
In the event that the lasting gift of anatomical donation is desired, and the loved one qualifies, we will work with you to ensure that this wish is realized. If the loved one doesn't qualify, then your choice reverts to either burial or cremation. Whatever you elect to do, we exist to help you every step of the way.
THE Next STEPS
Here we have informed you of the fundamentals, and now you should think more about what exactly will meet the needs of you and your family. Perhaps you can assemble your family to discuss their feelings, concerns and desires. Please call us at 1-850-627-1111 if you need further guidance. One of our professional funeral arrangers would be honored to help you clarify your thoughts.