Funeral and Memorial Services
All too often, families discount the value of ceremony after the death of a loved one, and we certainly don’t want you to make that mistake. Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process.
Create Healing Experiences
There is no doubt that funerals are hard to face, but there is also no doubt that they make a difference. They are experiences that affect us for the rest of our lives. It's about having a chance to express the degree of your loss, and to share it with others. It's about acknowledging that someone important has left the world.
Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. Whether you choose burial or cremation; whether you select a formal funeral, a more relaxed memorial service or a Celebrant Service designed by you, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present. We can help you create a unique and meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.
We offer families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one. But, you may certainly choose to celebrate their life in a more unique setting. No matter where you decide to gather together, a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.
If burial has been selected, usually any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home.
Let’s just say this: there is no ‘hard and fast’ 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.
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. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.
When designing a memorial service consider the service of writer and director, Nora Ephron. A recent New York Times article provided some details. She designed her own memorial service and service program with great detail down to listing favorite recipes at strategic points in the program. She had lined up several people to speak at the service. They were folks she had worked with, lived with or had touched her life in other meaningful ways.
Taking this idea to heart, you might consider making a slide show of your family and favorite places you lived or visited. You might consider having a favorite food made and served at the reception or have a favorite candy handed out to each attendee at the end of the service.
--New York Times 7/10/2012
You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.
Contact us today to speak with one of our directors.