What to Consider When Planning a Memorial Service
When a loved one passes, the funeral processes begin shortly thereafter. The mourning family and friends must make dozens of decisions in a very short time during an emotional period. While a funeral director can help guide you, it’s important to consider the following items when planning a funeral service:
- Type of Funeral Service
When planning a funeral service , it’s important to consider the wishes of the deceased, but also the desires of the living. An individual must decide upon number of attendees, seating arrangements, flowers, decorations, eulogies, officiates, music, etc. If the deceased individual was religious or spiritual, then there is often a brief mass, prayer, or blessing that occurs during the funeral service.
- Presentation of Remains
The body of the deceased is often present for a viewing during a funeral service. Depending on the deceased or mourning family’s wishes, the body can be presented either in an open or closed casket. Unless the disposition is cremation, the family must consider what the deceased will be wearing, including clothing, jewelry, and any other personal objects that will accompany him or her into the casket, tomb, or vault.
- Type of Burial
Unlike memorial services , funerals are often accompanied by the burial or cremation. While some individuals may indicate their disposition of choice before death, the decision often falls to the family. The three most common plans are burial, entombment, and cremation. In all three cases, the family must choose the casket or container to hold the loved one’s remains. Those who opt for a grave site must also choose a grave marker.
- Atmosphere and Ambiance
The purpose of a funeral service is to remember and honor a deceased loved one. While there are some general social rules to follow during a service, the atmosphere can range from traditional and somber to creative and celebratory of the deceased’s life. Personalization will help the guests remember the service and say their final goodbyes in a supportive environment.
A compassionate and experienced funeral director can help you create a meaningful funeral service. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory helps Tacoma families personalize funeral services with unparalleled attention to detail and customer service. Call (253) 584-0252 or visit our website for more information.