Whether you are going through the process of funeral pre-planning or planning a funeral for a loved one, funeral services should reflect the life and beliefs of the person who has passed away. In some cases, rather than attempting to adhere to the traditions of a specific religion, that means keeping religion out of the ceremony. There are many ways to plan a funeral service without relying on religious ceremonies and rites. If you are planning a non-religious ceremony, this advice will help.
Use the Obituary
In some cases, the people who will attend the ceremony will not be surprised it does not have a religious element. However, if some members of the family expect a religious ceremony or if you think there could be confusion among the guests, use the obituary to share that the service will be humanist or otherwise non-religious. Not only does this help guests prepare, but it can also alleviate debate among family members and ensure people who want to send flowers or cards choose non-religious messaging in keeping with your wishes.
Create an Order of Service
Work with the funeral home to create an order of service for the gathering. Doing so will ensure that the funeral service runs smoothly and helps you identify decisions you need to make, such as choosing music and readings or inviting people to speak. Use the order of service to create a funeral program for the guests, being careful to credit all of the speakers and to identify all of the music and readings.
Consider a Theme
Some people give context and cohesion to funeral services by choosing a theme. You can opt for something as a simple as a celebration of life theme, in which people share memories rather than focusing on grief, or dedicating the service to volunteer work the deceased did. Highlighting the deceased’s favorite music, authors, or hobbies are other ways to use a theme to personalize the funeral service.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we are experienced in planning all types of funerals and are dedicated to helping you create the right ceremony for your loved one or yourself. For help with funeral pre-planning in Lakewood, Washington or to plan a funeral or burial service for a loved one, call (253) 584-0252.
When your spouse is grieving the loss of a loved one, the best ways to help them cope may not be obvious. After you support your spouse throughout the funeral services, use the tips in this video to help him or her cope with the grief process.
Keep in mind that everyone grieves differently. Allow your spouse to set the tone for the kind of support that is helpful. Sometimes, just listening is all of the grief support your spouse may need. You may need to take on tasks at home that you don’t usually do while your spouse is grieving, so don’t forget to ask for help for yourself from other family members if you need it.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory , we offer grief support services near Lakewood, Washington that can also be helpful to you and your spouse. Get more information by contacting our funeral home at (253) 584-0252.
Parents often struggle with the idea of bringing children to funeral services , especially if they are young. However, children often have a better capacity to understand and be present at the funeral than adults may expect. If you decide to have your children attend funeral services, preparing them in advance will help them cope with everything that happens. If your children are taking part in a funeral or visiting a cemetery for a burial service, this advice will help you prepare them for what to expect.
It is tempting to try to sugarcoat the idea of death and funerals for children, but doing so will only make them more anxious. For instance, if you say a person who has died has simply gone to sleep, your kids may become nervous at bedtime or may not understand that someone they see in a casket at a funeral home is not merely sleeping. Use clear, age-appropriate language to talk about the death and what will happen during the funeral so that your kids can approach it with confidence.
Talk About What to Say
If your children were close to the deceased person, other attendees may approach them at the funeral to say things such as, “sorry for your loss.” Your children may not understand what these statements mean, so prepare them for what they may hear and tell them some appropriate responses they can use. If your children were not close to the deceased, they may wish to approach the grieving family and offer condolences. It is also helpful to talk to your kids about some things they can say to the deceased, such as goodbye, in their hearts or in prayers.
Find Ways to Participate
It can help kids get through the funeral services if they have ways to participate. This can be as simple as drawing a picture to leave with the flowers or as involved as doing a reading or performing music during the ceremony. Talk to your children about their ideas to see how they can be involved in the service.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory gives families the tools they need to get through the funeral planning and grieving processes. When you need the services of our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington , please call (253) 584-0252.