About Burial Services
Why a Funeral?
Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the
loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family members
and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share
thoughts and feelings about the death, funerals are the first step in the healing process.
The ritual of attending a funeral service provides many
- Providing a social support system for the bereaved.
- Helping the bereaved understand death is final and that
death is part of life.
- Integrating the bereaved back into the community.
- Easing the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one.
It is possible to have a full funeral service even for those choosing
cremation. The importance of the ritual is in providing a social gathering
to help the bereaved begin the healing process.
Types of Tributes
A funeral is so much more than a way to say goodbye; it’s an opportunity to
celebrate the life of someone special.
Today, a funeral can be as unique as the individual who is being honored.
From simple touches like displaying personal photographs to events created
around a favorite pastime, funerals can reflect any aspect of a person’s
life and personality.
Following are questions you can use to help you decide how to personalize a
What did the person like to do?
Often people have hobbies that become more than just a casual pastime. Their
activity could have been as much a part of who they were as their smile. Why
not showcase that important part of their life during the funeral?
Incorporating a hobby can be as simple as:
Displaying items used for their hobby;
e.g. sports equipment, gardening tools, or collections.
Personalizing the casket or urn with a
symbol of their hobby.
Displaying trophies or awards they won.
Creating a picture board or presentation featuring
pictures of them engaged in their hobby.
Having someone speak about the person’s passion for the
By adding these or other personal touches to a funeral, the
service becomes a reflection of the person’s life and personality.
What was the person like as an individual ?
One way to enhance a funeral is by bringing a piece of the
person’s personality to life. Consider what made that person special, what
made them who they were? Then find ways to link their individuality to
traditional aspects of a funeral service.
As an example, an avid cowboy or cowgirl may want to ride of into the sunset
one last time.
Tasteful ways to honor their wish include:
Other themes you may want to consider: Military honors
for a member of the armed forces, a last ride for a motorcycle enthusiast,
and so many more.