A loved one’s passing often leaves one feeling overwhelmed. While most families choose to have some type of viewing, visitation and service, there are many options available. We want to ease your burden by helping create a celebration that is as unique as your loved one. The following is useful information about funeral options, what to do when death occurs, burial and cremation options, guidance on writing an obituary or eulogy, and customary funeral etiquette.
Whether a death is sudden or expected, the loss of a loved one is often overwhelming. Even the most basic decisions can seem staggering. The following information provides guidance at the time of a death.
A traditional service typically involves embalming, a visitation and/or viewing, followed by a funeral service. It is your decision whether to have the casket open.
Cremation is an increasingly popular option for disposition. Reasons for choosing cremation vary from religious beliefs, financial reasons, environmental concerns, or simply personal preference.
Writing an obituary or delivering a meaningful eulogy can be a challenging task for families. Eulogies are personal and will reflect the relationship between the speaker and the deceased. By design obituaries are more informational and less relational than eulogies. Obituaries are typically written by the funeral director in collaboration with the family. The following information will help create each of these tributes.
Like everything in society, funeral etiquette has evolved over time. While common sense is your best guide, here are a few dos and don’ts of funeral etiquette.
There is no substitute for meeting face to face with a funeral director following a death. However, some people may find this form to be a valuable tool for gathering information and your wishes prior to meeting with the funeral director.