You are considering memorials for certain loved ones’ end-of-life ceremonies. Before you get too far into the details of planning, there are some traditions and trends to consider. Your best choice often depends much on the religious beliefs and preferences of the deceased.
Memorials are typically held when the body of the deceased is not being shown. This can be because the condition of the body was drastically altered by health issues or a sudden tragic accident. Sometimes this is in part to the deceased’s religious beliefs or their choice to be cremated. Religions that commonly seek cremation followed by memorials are Buddism and Hinduism. However, there are exceptions to this in the Hindu religion when it comes to monks, Hijras and youth under the age of five. They are traditionally buried.
Memorials can also be, in part, a celebration. Some people prefer to have a less solemn event in their honor. Others feel that life continues for them in the afterlife/Heaven, and it’s not a time to grieve, but to rejoice. If this style of remembrance is the wishes of the departed, it’s respectful to observe them. It can include music. It may or may not resemble a party of sorts. This type of memorial can be very personalized to your loved ones’ and family members’ tastes. It’s a way to remember the deceased as they were in life. It can feature details that focus on their interests, hobbies, job, and or, causes.
Sometimes a memorial service can be held after a private funeral, or in another location to accommodate people who were not able to attend the funeral.
Whichever route you and your family decide to pursue, Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery can assist you in planning memorials. Our caring and professional staff is well versed in the details that come with end-of-life plans. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have at – 480-832-2850 or toll free at 1-866-684-1951.