Funerals and memorial services are an opportunity for friends, family members, and acquaintances who knew and loved the deceased to come together to remember and honour the person while providing support and comfort to each other. Whether you do the service planning after the death or it occurs beforehand, making decisions about a funeral or memorial service can be an exhausting and emotional process. Here is an overview of the steps to follow to plan a service for a loved one or yourself and make it the positive healing experience you and your loved ones need.
Select a Form of Disposition
People often mistakenly assume that a cemetery burial and funeral are the same thing, or that they can’t have the deceased’s embalmed body present at the funeral ceremony if they are choosing cremation. In fact, a funeral involves two essential functions. First, it’s about deciding what to do with the deceased’s body, and second, how to remember, honour, and celebrate their life and memory. The first step is to choose a method of disposition, such as traditional burial, natural burial, cremation, or even alkaline hydrolysis, a new form of disposition that involves using pressure and relatively low heat to transform a body into an inert liquid and bone fragments.
Plan a Meaningful Service
Funeral services have grown increasingly personalised. A personalised service reflects the deceased’s unique personality and life as seen by their loved ones, regardless of the form the service takes. These days, many families prefer to focus on the deceased as they were in life, on the deceased’s physical remains, or a combination of both. Think about the most meaningful way to say goodbye to your loved one – something that captures their unique qualities and personal, spiritual, or religious beliefs. You may incorporate music and religious readings, for example.
Decide Whether You Want the Body Present
Whether to have the body present is another vital concern when planning a funeral. You may choose to include a viewing – or not – regardless of the type of disposition you choose. For example, you may select a visitation with an open casket even if you desire cremation as the form of final disposition, or you may cremate the deceased before holding a memorial service with or without the remains present.
Contact a Funeral Director in Hillston
Once you have determined the above, the next step is to reach out to a funeral director for help planning your funeral service in Hillston. Discuss funeral arrangements, service options, costs, the obituary, and any cultural or religious preferences. Collier Trenerry has been assisting families in celebrating the lives of their loved ones for nearly 100 years. We make it our priority to provide each family who chooses our services with the funeral experience they desire and a strong emphasis on service. We can provide everything you need to plan your funeral ceremony in Hillston, including the chapel, celebrant, hearse, and much more – even a horse-drawn vehicle or Harley Davidson hearse for a truly personalised experience. Contact Collier Trenerry for more information on planning a funeral that honours and celebrates your loved one.