Designing Your Funeral
There are two facets of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to honor and celebrate a life lived. Consideration of final disposition of the physical remains follows.
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How to Honor a Life
It’s about bringing those you love together, at a time of loss. It’s a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a funeral or memorial service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step in healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. Your choices include the place of celebration, day of the week, and time of day; the musical selection, what prayers will be said or songs you’d like sung. We can arrange to have doves, butterflies, or balloons released at the close of the service. Keepsake gifts of wildflower seeds or a tree seedling can be given. We’re here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one.
Visitation Or Memorial Gathering
When grief is fresh, the first instinct of the bereaved is usually to gather with loved ones to share memories and reminisce on the life lived. Many feel the importance of a visitation and having the deceased present for this time. Others feel through photos and memorabilia a life can be showcased without a casket being present. Whether a private farewell or a large gathering of family and friends is selected, we stand committed to assisting you through this decision process.
Burial or Cremation
Your next consideration focuses on choosing the method of disposition, that is casketed burial or cremation. Usually, people are clear on this point. In fact, your loved one may have made their plans in advance stating 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 casketed burial, then selection of the casket, outer enclosure, and cemetery plot are the next decisions to be made.
If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decisions: when might the private identification, public visitation and/or gathering be carried out, what type of ceremony is to be held and where, and whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, scattered or buried on the cemetery grounds. Our funeral firm is one of the few in Maryland to operate our own crematory, only performing cremation for the families assist. We ensure that cremation is done individually and privately through constant oversight and supervision. Our all inclusive cremation offerings eliminate confusion and provide simplicity to a time of overwhelming stress.
Alternatives to both Burial and Cremation would be our Green/Natural Burial options exclusively available only at our privately owned cemeteries in Annapolis and Easton.
There are many options today regarding permanent placement of casketed or cremated remains. Our directors can assist you in options in our privately owned cemeteries that included Mausoleums for casketed remains, Columbariums for cremated remains and in ground burial sites for both casketed and/or cremated remains. Alternatively, we offer Atlantic Scattering off the coastal waters of Maryland and in ground scattering at our privately owned Ossuaries located in our cemeteries. Depending on your needs and wants, we stand committed to providing you the guidance necessary to determine a place of rest for the one you love.
One of a kind custom keepsakes make us feel connected to the past, present, and future; they are tangible tokens that connect us across generations and provide comfort, happiness, and security. Options vary based on method of disposition, but are not limited to fingerprint keepsakes, jewelry to house portions of hair or cremated remains and even unique pieces of art to house portions of cremated remains. Learning about the individual can provide us the guidance necessary to offer the perfect custom keepsake to have for generations to come.
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.
Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (410) 758-1151.