Do you just want to be cremated, is it because
you don’t want to cause a fuss?
Cremation is a versatile option because it provides ample time for the
family to gather, it allows for easy transportation of the remains, and it
makes for a simple means of disposition.
The notion that there shouldn’t be any “fuss” is simply a
misunderstanding of the reason we have funeral and memorial services in the
first place. We want to-indeed, we need to-make a “fuss” when we lose someone
There are three essential elements to a healing and healthy funeral experience…
A Public Gathering
A gathering allows
family and friends to give and receive love, comfort, and support to one
another. Opening this event to public multiplies its effectiveness. A public
gathering helps the family mark an important occasion and transportation from
life before the death to life after death.
A service with religious or spiritual overtones:
A ceremony helps us
honor the person who has died and understand the reality of the person’s death.
Adding the appropriate religious or spiritual elements offers hope to the grieving
family and aids us in our search for meaning.
A procession to the final resting place:
A procession is a
strong symbol of unity, support, and acknowledgement that something important
has occurred. A place of final rest for the cremated body helps provide a point
of closure, an understanding of the finality of death, and place to go in the future
to search for further meaning.
As we plan ahead, we need to consider the
needs of our family as well as our own preferences and desires… Here are some
considerations to think about when choosing cremation…
Cremation may be carried out before the memorial
service or afterwards
The body may be dressed and present in a
ceremonial casket to allow friends and family time to say their final goodbyes.
This can be especially significant if the death was sudden and unexpected. Sometimes
we have to see with our own eyes to really begin to get over the shock of a death.
The service may be simple, informal gathering of
close family or a public honoring of the deceased.
If the memorial service is held after the
cremation takes place, it is important to have the urn present. The urn is not
merely a container for the cremated body; it is a memorial of the deceased and
a focal point for the service.
The cremated body may be kept at a home in a
memorial urn, scattered in a special place, buried in a cemetery, or placed in
a niche at a columbarium. A portion may be placed in cremation jewelry as a constant reminder of the lost loved one.
Cremation offers a new tradition in funeral service.
Cremation is widely accepted in most cultures now and offers endless
opportunities with the sky as the limit. Have you ever thought about having a
celebration of life? Below are ways that your family could use to celebrate
Ever thought about being in a fireworks show?
Well that’s a possibility… Cremated remains can now be placed into firework
casings and you can be a part of a fireworks display. Your family can have a
gathering and memorialize your life, and at the end of the night have the
fireworks display for your family to watch.
Why not have a party, picnic or even a concert?
If you like the outdoors and enjoy to picnic, your celebration of life could be
based off of a picnic! Are you the party type or just social? Let’s have a
party just the way you would like to have one to celebrate your life in the way
you want people to remember you or how about just a social gathering in a
unique and personalized way. Do you like music or Have favorite local band you
follow? Let’s have the band come and play and have an outdoor concert based
around you and the music you like.
endless opportunities for you to think about. At Gednetz-Ruzek and Brown
Funeral Home we understand the changing funeral service profession and we are
ready to do those out of the box services for the families we serve. Having
those unique services offers more personalization and a better way to
memorialize your loved one by making the service revolve around what they liked
and enjoyed. Ask us about the endless opportunities available to you!