Designing Your Funeral

There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.

How to Honor a Life

It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become our society's normal and accepted practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.

You can have your service anywhere and as personalized as you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, time of day, musical selection, prayers chosen, and songs you’d like sung.  Some families even provide keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling as a memorial. We’re here to help you create a memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one.

Burial or Cremation?

Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial or cremation. Usually families have already discussed their chosen option. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. This choice can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the decision that is right for your family and respects wishes of your loved one.

Once you decide, finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows.

If cremation is your choice, you'll need to decide if the final placement of the cremated remains will be in a niche or buried on cemetery grounds.

In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what you or your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice.  Regardless of your specific needs or choices, we are here to help you through every choice and provide you with every option.

What's Next?

Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather together to share feelings and desires so when the time comes, choices aren't made when you are still emotional.

Still looking for inspiration? Speak with any of our professional staff to help to clarify your choices. Reach us at 989.892.3923.