Unique Cremation Memorial Services for Your Loved Ones

There is a misconception that the only options for a memorial or funeral service are traditional. These may be traditional graveside services or chapel services. The truth is, there are several options available. These options are unique and can offer a final send-off and goodbye to your loved one that fits their personality and their lifestyle. Here are a few ideas to consider for you or your loved one.

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Help Family and Friends Cope with Your Cremation Plans

End of life planning has become popular. There are many options available to meet your budget needs and your practical end-of-life needs, such as cremation. However, one thing you may not think about is how to help your family and friends cope with your final plans. Here are some tips that can help your friends and family cope with the grief that comes with this difficult and personal choice in your life.

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Cremation Benefits You May Not Know

Cremation is a common alternative to traditional burial. It is both personal and cultural. Many people choose cremation due to the lower cost while others choose it due to traditional burial concerns. Regardless of why you choose this method, you may not know everything about the process.

Here are a few benefits of cremation that can shed some light on the practice, process, and reasons you should consider it as an option for your end-of-life planning.

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4 Ways To Deal With Dealing With Grief

 

Death is inevitable, and so is grief. The loss of a loved one stirs different emotions among the surviving members. Consequently, the personal coping mechanisms of grief vary significantly. However, people have a few basic universal strategies to cope with the demise of a friend or family member.

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How to Dress a Loved One for a Cremation

When you organise a funeral for a loved one, you have to decide how to dress their body in the coffin. While some people set out what they want to wear in their funeral plans, others don’t get the chance to make this decision in advance. You’ll have to do it for them.

You can dress your loved one in their own clothes or you can pick a burial gown if you prefer. Read on to learn more about these options.

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What Are the Advantages of Buying Cremation Jewellery?

While a cremation funeral service gives some closure after the loss of a loved one, the time after the service is hard. As you come to terms with your loss, you have to decide what to do with your loved one’s ashes.

While some people put ashes in a memorial urn or scatter them, you do have other options. For example, you can use some of the cremains to create lasting keepsakes, such as pieces of jewellery.

How does this process work and how will it help you? Keep reading to learn more.

What is cremation jewellery?

Cremation jewellery pieces contain a small part of a person’s ashes. Sometimes, the ashes are integrated into the materials from which the jewellery is made. So, some of the cremains might be blown into glass or even turned into a diamond.

More commonly, you buy a piece of jewellery with an integrated compartment that holds ashes. So, for example, a cremation pendant might have a small section in its centre into which you can lock away some of the cremains.

You can choose from various types of jewellery here. As well as pendants, lockets and necklaces, you can also use rings and bracelets for this purpose.

While most pieces hold a tiny portion of ashes, some people also add extras to their jewellery. They might put in a piece of their loved one’s hair or parts of their funeral flower arrangement.

Once you fill the piece and close it up, it looks just like a regular piece of jewellery. Only you will know what it contains unless you choose to tell other people.

Why buy cremation jewellery?

If you decide to create a wearable memory of your relative, partner or friend, then you could see the following emotional and practical benefits.

Keep part of your loved one with you

If your loved one wanted you to scatter or bury their ashes, then you might have an additional sense of loss after their funeral service. Their ashes are the last part of them you have left; letting go at this stage is sometimes extremely difficult.

Cremation jewellery gives you some comfort here. You can still respect and follow your loved one’s wishes — you only need to reserve a tiny amount of cremains for each piece of jewellery — but you can keep a part of them with you forever.

You create a lasting keepsake that you can wear in their memory. Every time you wear the jewellery, you keep them close to you.

Give comfort to family and friends

The fact that you only use a tiny amount of ashes in cremation jewellery allows you to order multiple pieces. You could give these out to other family members and close friends of the deceased.

They will also get comfort from having a lasting keepsake; they get a different way of coping with their grief. They will feel that you are acknowledging the importance of the relationship they had with the person who passed.

Multiple pieces of jewellery also help avoid friction at this difficult time. If you have a large family, then you might not be able to agree on who keeps the ashes. Or, some family members might not want to follow the wishes of the deceased. They might be distressed at the thought of scattering the ashes.

Here, everyone can keep part of their loved one and feel that their relationship with them has equal weight. They can then choose what to do with the jewellery. Some people might wear their piece all the time; others might prefer to simply keep it as a lasting memory that they can then pass on as a family heirloom.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact your Cremations Only funeral director. They can tell you more about how cremation jewellery works and show you examples of the kinds of pieces you can order.

How to Choose the Right Dress Code for a Funeral

When you start to organize a funeral for your loved one, people might ask you whether you have any plans for the dress code at the service. You might not have thought about this yet; however, the clothes that people wear during the funeral can help set the tone. You can simply stick with a traditional dress code here, or you can ask guests to wear something different that you feel has a closer connection to the person who has died.

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Why Involve Your Family in Planning Your Funeral?

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While some people prefer not to think about their funeral while they are still alive, many people find it useful to plan their service in advance. For some, this is all about reducing financial strain on the people they leave behind. For others, this is about getting the send-off they want.

However, this isn’t a job you have to do alone. You may find that it helps to involve your family in the decisions you make at this stage in your life. Learn more about why you should involve your family in planning your funeral. Continue reading “Why Involve Your Family in Planning Your Funeral?”

How to Make Your Children Feel Involved in a Grandparent’s Funeral

Father comforts a sad child. Problems in the familyA grandparent’s death is often the first death that a child experiences and the first funeral they attend. Funerals can be bewildering for children, especially if they don’t know what to expect and don’t know how to act.

One of the kindest things you can do for your child at this difficult time is to make sure that they feel included, and that they are part of things. This short guide explains three simple ways to help a child feel involved with a grandparent’s funeral. Continue reading “How to Make Your Children Feel Involved in a Grandparent’s Funeral”

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Flowers for a Loved One’s Casket

Choosing flowers for the casket of a loved one can feel like a difficult task, especially with so many other aspects of a funeral to plan. However, flowers can really add something to the overall look of a funeral, and they offer you an extra way to express the personality of your loved one as well as how you feel about them. Below, we explain three different factors to consider as you make your choice. Continue reading “3 Things to Consider When Choosing Flowers for a Loved One’s Casket”