If you frequently visit the graves of a family member from a previous generation, you may be concerned about the condition of the headstone. Although the stone used to mark graves is incredibly hardy, with the passage of time, it can begin to decay due to the impact of the weather and local environment. Seeing a grave marker fall apart can be upsetting because it may seem like the memory of the deceased is slipping away as their headstone crumbles.
Planning a funeral is something nobody ever wants to do, but there's a good chance you'll have to at some point. When you've just lost someone, arranging a service and all of the other things that need to be sorted out make it all more difficult, yet it has to be done. Because funeral planning is such a dreaded activity, it's not something you'd really want to think about unless you had to.
The life of every loved one that passed away is unique, and families often choose to commemorate their loved ones in different ways. While some may prefer quiet and solemn burial ceremonies, others go for either quicker or livelier celebrations of life when a loved one passes away. Funeral homes typically provide a range of services that apply to either burial or cremation. If your family decides on cremation services, there are several factors to consider in preparation for the process.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.