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More people are choosing cremation as a cost effective, flexible and simple option that allows family and friends to retain or scatter the ashes in ways that are both creative and personal. Alternatively, ashes can be placed in a memorial war behind a small name plaque. Some people believe cremations to be a more environmentally friendly option, even using remains to plant a memorial tree which creates a ‘living memorial’ for family to visit.
Others prefer the permanency of a gravesite for families to return to visit and leave flowers. This may help with the grieving process as it can allow the mourning family to feel more connected to their loved one. Some feel that the process of seeing the coffin lowered into the ground helps to bring closure and allows for a proper goodbye. It is also the more traditional approach and has significant relevance to many different faiths.
Whichever option you choose, your Living Hope Funeral Director will guide you through the process from your very first call with us.
While it’s clearly about paying honour and respect to the person who has died, the memorial service is ultimately for the living. It’s for those who remain to reflect on what that person meant to their lives; how they wish to remember them; and what legacy lives on? The simple ritual of gathering, remembering and celebrating can bring deep healing.
Living Hope Funerals can provide a church and refreshment venue for your loved one’s memorial service, or you may choose your own church or venue as desired.
The burial or graveside service, also known as the committal service, is the final goodbye. It usually follows the memorial service held at a church and may be a private service reserved for immediate family or opened to all. The service is a very short ceremony held at the gravesite by the Funeral Director and can be effective in bringing closure to the early stages of grieving (disbelief).