Life is full of opportunities to show someone you love them. One such opportunity is the funeral or memorial service. Such a loving event celebrates the choices they made, the relationship you shared, and honors the memory of your loved one. No two people are exactly alike. Therefore, why should funerals be alike. We believe that a funeral, a memorial service, a celebration of life or however you choose to honor your loved one should be a reflection of their life , who they were and the relationships they forged in their life time. Everyone attending should leave the services feeling they learned a little bit more about the deceased. Involving family and friends to participate is one way to bring people together to share memories and support one another in their grief. A funeral or service of any kind serves many purposes; it signifies the reality that a loved on has passed away, it allows people to gather together to honor the life of the deceased, and it can the very beginning of the healing process. You can include music, poetry, eulogies, family and friends speaking and sharing memories, a DVD, bible versus, personal and important items of the deceased, and whatever you feel is important to include. A funeral or service of any kind usually takes place but once. Does your family know how you would like to remembered and what elements are important to you to include in your service? There is no right or wrong way to celebrate and a life; it's all about personalizing the service to the life being honored and celebrated. Usually, when you have a church or chapel service, (a Mass of Christian Burial) sometimes you have to follow the protocol of the priest / minister and your options can be limited. In a different setting, such as the funeral home, cemetery, your home, a park, etc. you will have more freedom and more input into the plans. It does not mean you can not incorporate religion or spiritualism or other ideas. Together, we can truly honor, reflect and celebrate the life of your loved one. Our dedication and expertise in officiating services will ease some of the burden for you and you will receive a written transcript of the service as a keepsake.
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The death of a family pet is often the first experience of death for children. As such, it gives you a unique opportunity to help them celebrate life, and helps your family heal from the loss. At such a time, you can turn to us with confidence. We will help you make the best decision for you and your animal companion.
It's important to take the time to acknowledge the uniqueness of the deceased: the individuality of their personality, and the uniqueness of their life's path. Not just for them, but for you; it affirms the relationship, and leads to healing after loss. Honoring their life is truly an act of love – for the both of you.
It's often seen as easier not to have a memorial service or funeral, and it's certainly seen as a less expensive alternative. But we're here to say this: an easy, cheaper path is not always better one. Grief experts all agree: a ceremony is an important part of the healing process.