Funeral and Memorial Services
All too often, families discount the value of ceremony after the death of a loved one, and we certainly don’t want you to make that mistake. Coming together after a loss is a very essential part of the grieving process.
Create Healing Experiences
In the depth of early grief, you might think that it would be ‘easier’ to just take care of things as simply – and as quickly –as possible. But easier – especially in this circumstance – simply isn’t better. You must set the stage for the future by giving your family and friends the opportunity to start the healing process.
Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. Despite hardships and difficulties, there are always good memories to remember and celebrate.
Whether you choose burial or cremation; whether you select a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present. We can help you create a unique meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one.
Even if the deceased was not religious and you do not want a traditional memorial church service, please talk with us about ways your family can remember and honor the good memories. Perhaps we can help you organize a picnic at Sardis Lake, or a barbecue at a family member's home. We can arrange a simple memorial service in our chapel, or at a site that was special to the deceased. If you desire, we can ask a clergy member to lead the celebration.
Perhaps a balloon launch or a dove release better reflects your family's idea of a tribute. Whatever holds meaning and brings closure to you, we can help you realize your own special way of honoring your loved one's life.
If burial has been selected, usually any ceremonies we design revolve around the casket being present. You can choose to follow tradition, with a viewing, and then a funeral service in a church or memorial chapel. Or you could decide to have a more relaxed service, even in your family home.
There is no ‘hard and fast’ formula for honoring your loved one when burial has been selected. We’re here to listen to your concerns, share our experience, and help you to arrive at the perfect way to gather together before your loved one's interment in the cemetery of your choice.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision doesn’t limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life.
We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.
Additionally, we ask that you carefully consider the value of a final viewing and visitation before cremation. We have seen how this experience can be helpful for family members as an important first step in the grieving process. In such a case, Coleman Funeral Home provides rental cremation caskets with a cost-effective, single use insert that serves as the cremation container. We also offer the choice of a handsome casket that is simply designed to be cremated with your loved one after the visitation.
Consider whether you and your family might benefit from having this final chance to say goodbye. Whatever services you decide are right for you, it will be our goal to help arrange them in a way that brings healing and closure.
You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over
Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.
Contact us today to speak with one of our directors.