Whether you're thinking about your own passing and
the subsequent funeral service or working to put together a funeral for
a loved one, you may feel like there are many big decisions to make.
Of course, it's true that there are many choices. And while
that may seem a little daunting and disorienting, it is ultimately a comfort:
Today's funeral and memorial services are highly customizable based on an
individual's preferences, beliefs, and needs. Whatever kind of service you wish
to have, it can all be arranged through the help of a skilled funeral
The venue, for example, can be highly variable. Though
funeral homes still host the majority of memorials, there are also many
people who choose to have funeral and memorial services in homes, churches or
other places of worship, or even outdoors.
Music and multimedia are variables. Speaking with your
funeral director, you can make arrangements for a local pianist, singing group,
string quartet, or even a live band to provide an accompaniment that s either
meditative or lively to the service; or, you can arrange for a full multimedia
remembrance-video, pictures, slideshows, and beyond.
Many of today's funeral services are essentially all-day
affairs- gatherings where family and friends arrive not just to mourn but then
to linger and to spend time in fellowship together long after the service
itself is over. This of course, attends a need for catering and perhaps also
for music, both of which a funeral director can help arrange.
Different families express grief uniquely, and every person
has varying wishes for their own remembrances. Thankfully, there are funeral
arrangements to suit just about anyone and it is entirely possible to record
any future wishes through a per-arrangment conference.
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