Planning a funeral, burial, or cremation service can be difficult, but you want to ensure a beautiful and meaningful tribute to your loved one. Read more about what to consider when you are planning a service for a loved one.
- Feel free to grieve
Remember that the service, while an honor to the person who has passed, is often essential to easing grief. It is a time to remember your loved one, and a time to create final memories of that person that you can reflect on fondly.
- Follow your loved one’s wishes
If your loved one left specific wishes outlining funeral or burial service, then honor those wishes. You will not have any questions or hesitations about how your loved one would feel about the service when you follow his or her specific requests.
- Consider input from close family and friends
Remember that other people loved the deceased as well, and might want to have their input considered for the service. It can be hard to please everyone, but handling the situation diplomatically can go a long way. Grieving and mourning together is an important step toward healing.
- Honor religious requests
Don’t overlook religious requests. It may be very important to have certain religious leaders present for the funeral service, such as a priest or rabbi, to lead prayers or meditations. Even if you don’t share the deceased’s beliefs, it’s important to consider how he or she would like to be honored.
- Remember to observe military honors
Make sure to include any military honors that might be due to the deceased. Flag ceremonies, gun salutes, and special music are all part of a military funeral service.
There are so many things to remember and consider while planning a memorial, funeral, or cremation service. Let the compassionate experts at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo help you in your time of need. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411, or contact us online.
Are you planning a funeral service for a loved one? Do you want to learn more about pre-arranging? You can find helpful information for planning and coping on these websites.
- Take a look at this page from eHow.com for some tips that will help make planning a funeral less stressful and time-consuming.
- Visit this page from HelpGuide.org to read about the importance of finding support and coping with grief and loss.
- Head over to this page from KidsHealth.org for some information guided toward children and teenagers coping with grief.
- Check out this page from the National Funeral Directors Association’s official website to read answers to some frequently asked questions regarding grief.
At Skylawn Memorial Park, we understand what you are going through and are here to help. Located in San Mateo, California, Skylawn offers an exceptional selection of placement options for both cremation and traditional burial. For more information, contact us online or give us a call today. (650) 349-4411
The most difficult part of coming to terms with the death of a loved one isn’t planning the funeral or burial services, but coping with the grief and sense of loss. Everyone mourns differently, but to move on with your life, you must deal with that grief. Consider these tips to help you cope with your grief after the death of a loved one.
- Everyone grieves differently
What works for you might not work for another person coping with the death of the same loved one. Some people are hesitant to attend the funeral service, and others find solace in visiting the grave day after day. Neither response is better than the other; each person must process their feelings in their own way.
- Grief doesn’t have a time line
You might experience sudden waves of grief, even years after your loved one has passed. As you go through the stages of grief, some stages may linger longer than others, which is common and natural.
- Sadness is only one aspect of grief
It’s okay to be angry. It’s also okay to laugh, to smile, and to be happy for the person who has passed on. Some people feel a great sense of joy when someone who has been very ill and in pain for a long time passes away. If your loved one held strong religious beliefs or faith in an afterlife, then you can take solace in knowing that your loved one did not view passing as a final chapter.
- Don’t try to do it alone
Grieve with people who are also coping with the loss—cry together, talk, reminisce, and share the pain with others. Lean on your friends and those close to you who aren’t experiencing grief to find strength, comfort, and peace. Support groups can be beneficial option, too.
The passing of a loved one is a difficult time in any person’s life, and Skylawn Memorial Park is here to help you. Located in San Mateo, our services include funeral, burial, memorial, and cremation services. Give us a call at (650) 349-4411 to speak with our compassionate staff.
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