Design Your Funeral
There are two parts of the design process. First, we ask you to consider how you wish to celebrate and honor the life. When those important decisions are made, we’ll turn to the issue of how you wish to care for the physical remains of your loved one.
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How to Honor a Life
It’s about bringing your family and friends together. This is a natural thing to do, and over time, has become a socially-expected practice. More importantly, a memorial or funeral service, whether traditional, or contemporary, is the first step to healing.
You can have your service anywhere, and anyway you could imagine. 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 at the ceremony. 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. Callahan-Edfast is here to help you create the most memorable and meaningful service to honor your loved one.
Burial or Cremation?
Your next consideration focuses on choosing between burial and cremation. Usually, people are clear on what they want. In fact, your loved one may have told you, or someone else, exactly how they wish to be cared for. But it can be a hard decision for some families to choose, 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 clearer. If you've chosen burial, then selection of the casket, vault, and desired cemetery follows. Naturally, we’re here to help you with anything you will need.
If cremation is your choice, then you'll need to make the next decision: whether the cremated remains will be placed in a mausoleum niche, or buried on the cemetery grounds.
In some communities, there's the option for a 'green burial.' If that's what your loved one would prefer, we'll help you select an environmentally-friendly choice in the Grand Valley.
Now that we've given you the basic ropes, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of feelings and the thoughts.
Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (970) 243-2450.