Designing Your Funeral

There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains.

How to Honor a Life

The funeral is an important opportunity to pay tribute to someone you loved. It is a time for relatives and friends to gather to tell stories, share memories, acknowledge the loss, and support one another. We will work with great care to suit your needs throughout the process and reflect the life of your loved one.

Burial or Cremation?

Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families, especially when the wishes of the deceased were never clearly stated. If that's the case, please know we're able to help you come to the perfect decision for your loved one, and for you.

Once you decide, the finer details come into focus. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you.

If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.

In some communities, there's the option for a "green burial." If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally friendly choice.

What's Next?

Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of their feelings and desires. You can learn more about memorial options in Funeral Services.

Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us by email or call us at (860) 521-4400.