A loved one's death often leaves us feeling adrift. While most choose to hold some type of memorial service, the breadth of options available can be overwhelming. We want to make these choices easier for your family. We are here to help you create a service that tells not only the story of your loved one's life, but communicates the part their life played in the tapestry of your own. This section contains useful information about funeral options, what to do when death occurs, information on writing an obituary, and funeral etiquette.
A traditional service involves a visitation followed by a funeral service. Although the casket is present, it is your decision whether to have the casket open or closed. The service is followed by burial or cremation.
Cremation is an increasingly popular option for many people, serving as an alternative to a traditional burial. The reasons for choosing cremation can vary. Some religions prefer it, other people consider it more environmentally conscious, some prefer the flexibility it offers for scheduling services, others prefer the economics of it, and some are drawn to its simplicity.
Giving a meaningful, moving eulogy can be a nerve-wracking situation for even the most accomplished public speaker, but it need not be. This guide will provide you with the information you need to strike the right balance of emotion and lightheartedness.
Like everything in society, funeral etiquette has evolved over time. While common sense is your best guide, here are a few dos and don'ts of funeral etiquette.