If you have decided on cremation as your preferred option while planning your own funeral, one of the most important decisions you will make is how your remains will be stored. If you opt for an urn for storage, you may want to choose a specific urn to ensure that your wishes are carried out. Here are some things you should keep in mind when selecting your cremation urn.
Decide on a size. Your urn should be large enough to contain all of your ashes, even if you or your family chooses to have some of the ashes scattered or placed elsewhere. The best way to determine what size of urn will be best suited to your needs is to ask a professional funeral planner for advice.
Settle on a material. Funeral urns come in a wide array of materials, ranging from marble to ceramic to glass to wood. Consider where your urn will be kept; if your urn is going to be placed outside, it will be best to choose a material that will stand up to the elements better than wood. Again, you can ask your funeral planner for guidance in making this decision.
Look for an appealing design. A funeral urn needn’t be drab or dull-looking; depending on your wishes, it can be colorful or subdued, bright or lustrous. It all depends on your personality and what you think will be most suitable. You can even choose an urn with a unique design, or one with a textured appearance.
Most of us do not spend a great deal of time thinking about our own funerals. However, there are a number of reasons why planning your funeral service in advance can be beneficial. Pre-planning your funeral takes a significant burden off of your family members, who will not have to rush to organize the services themselves after you pass away. It allows you to ensure that your funeral service is carried out in keeping with your personal wishes, and that your preferences in terms of interment or cremation, eulogies, and the style of your memorial service will be followed. Pre-planning their funerals provides many people with greater peace of mind, both for themselves and for their loved ones.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory provides the services you need to honor your loved one in a respectful way. Visit our website to learn more about our memorial park in Lakewood, Washington, or call (253) 584-0252 if you have any questions.
Writing a sincere and heartfelt sympathy card might seem like an easy task until you sit down to do it. Whether you are writing a card for an acquaintance, a friend, or a family member, it can be extremely difficult to know what to say. Finding the right words, however, can provide a grieving person with much-needed solace. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you prepare to write your sympathy card:
Keep it short. As a rule, it’s best to keep your expressions of sympathy concise. If you have any positive memories of the deceased person that you can share, feel free to include them. No matter whom your card is addressed to, a short and sincere message will be appreciated.
Write from the heart. Remember that your card is intended to provide comfort. Even if you did not know the deceased person very well, you can still communicate your sympathy for the person you are writing to in a way that will make them feel cared for and supported.
Keep it positive. A grieving individual does not need to be reminded of the sadness of their loss, so it’s best to avoid phrases like “What a terrible tragedy.” Rather, focus on celebrating the life of the deceased person, or tell the person you are writing to that your thoughts are with them and their family.
Close respectfully. When signing your name, you should use a warm and genuine closing such as “With heartfelt sympathy” or “Thinking of you.” You don’t need to be elaborate or wordy; sometimes, the simplest phrases say more than flowery language.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory allows you to honor your loved one’s life in a truly special way. Contact us at (253) 584-0252 to inquire about our funeral planning services, memorial options, and the other resources we offer to help families through this difficult time.
Planning a funeral is not a task that many people are prepared for. If a funeral has not been pre-planned, it requires an enormous amount of planning in a short amount of time, usually while the people doing the planning are still grieving for the deceased. This is one of the reasons why pre-planning funerals has become so common. This video provides a brief overview of what goes into the planning of a funeral service.
If you are interested in learning more about pre-planning a funeral , call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252. We offer respectful funeral services, grief counseling, and funeral planning in Lakewood, Washington.
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