Personalizing and Customizing a Funeral or Memorial Service
A funeral can and should be as unique as the life that is being celebrated. Don't feel that you have to have a cookie cutter type of service or that your ideas for a special ceremony are foolish.
You shouldn't feel pressured or rushed into making a decision. Funeral directors are caring, dedicated professionals willing to help you make the arrangements that you want. To locate a family-owned funeral home near you, use our funeral home locator.
Personalizing a funeral or memorial service can be very therapeutic--it gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. It's also welcomed by family and friends attending a visitation or service because it gets them involved and provides a topic of conversation when they might otherwise not know what to say.
Many funeral directors offer memory boards, memory tables, VCRs, and other ways to personalize a service. For example, one funeral home in Odessa, Missouri offers a horse-drawn carriage as an alternative to a hearse. "It's a popular service," says Rhonda Kroeck, the owner.
Ask questions and make suggestions; your funeral director wants to assist you in any way he or she can to ensure that your loved one is memorialized in a meaningful way.