Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences in life, and can leave even the most structured mind struggling to make connections in the hours after your friend or family member’s passing. You may be racing in many different directions, wondering who to notify, when you should schedule any visitation times and the funeral, and the hundreds of other tiny decisions required. Staying organized is crucial, and knowing that there are professionals available to support you may allow you to feel more in control.
Most people have a variety of questions when attending a funeral: what to wear, what to say to family members who have lost a loved one and what (if any) type of food to bring to visitation. One question in particular seems to be universal: How do I decide which flowers to send in remembrance? Fortunately, our experts have the answers that will help you make an appropriate decision based on your relationship to the deceased.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a cemetery plot. This includes location of friends and family members, cemetery rules and regulations, and details about the plot itself. There are also several types of cemeteries from which to choose, such as public cemeteries, those catering to a specific religious background, veterans’ cemeteries and even eco-friendly green cemeteries. Whenever possible, it’s helpful for loved ones to select a burial location before it is needed, as this will greatly help family members and friends during an emotional time.
Selecting just the right music for a funeral or celebration of life service can be challenging, especially when emotions are running high. Favorite songs that you’ve sung with your loved one for years may escape you, while popular classics may feel jarring or off-putting to the type of service that has been selected. Fortunately, there are some funeral songs that stand the test of time, and are suitable for any type of service that you are planning.
Just as there is no rule book detailing the “right” thing to say to someone at a funeral, it can be difficult to know what you should or should not bring to a funeral. Funerals are a time for quiet reflection, bonding with loved ones and remembering a life well-lived — not necessarily the right venue for loud electronics or other noisy devices. These general rules of funeral etiquette will allow you to be confident in your choices for what to bring (or leave at home) when you’re visiting a funeral home.
When you lose a loved one or close friend, emotions of all kinds are close to the surface. Grief is generally the foremost, but you may also be feeling sadness, desolation, futility . . . and perhaps even the tiniest bit of relief if your loved one had been suffering for some time before their passing. All of these emotions are perfectly normal and should be expected, but what happens when strong emotions bubble up during the funeral service itself?
No one wants to consider what happens after we pass from this life, but there are inevitably details that will fall upon family members who are left behind — and who may be ill-equipped to handle them in their delicate emotional state. While it can be challenging to consider our own mortality, taking the time to pre-plan your funeral allows your loved ones the time to connect with each other during what will certainly be a difficult time. Whether there are specifics that you want to ensure are included in your celebration of life, or you simply want to spare your family from having to take action, pre-planning your funeral is painless when you work with friendly professionals.
When a loved one passes, many people believe that there is only one type of funeral service available. Typically, it’s whatever service is proscribed by their culture or religion. This may be the only type of service they’ve attended in the past.
The death of a loved one can be difficult – especially if you’re the one tasked with making funeral arrangements. If you’ve never been responsible for making post-death arrangements, you may be wondering where to start. As with any important event, there are decisions that need to be made. This is where your funeral home comes in. Mountain View Funeral Home can assist with many of the important decisions and essential duties of planning your loved one’s ceremony and final resting place.
If you’re unsure what to expect at a funeral, you’re not alone. An estimated 2.4 million funerals take place in America every year. Yet, many guests don’t understand the intricacies of planning, or attending, a funeral service.