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What Not to Say to Those Grieving

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Knowing what to say to a loved one who is struggling with grief can be essential if you want to offer real comfort. This can be difficult, however, since many times our first instinct is to offer platitudes. To avoid this and to be sure that you are not saying the wrong thing to those grieving, funeral homes in Matoaca, VA have some suggestions on what not to say.  

It can be very tempting to say that the person your loved one has lost is in a better place. For people who are religious, this may offer comfort, but for those who are not or those who are going through a very difficult period of grief, it can seem like you are invalidating what they feel. You may also make them feel guilty, so be sure to stay away from this common phrase.  

Another common thing that people say to those who are grieving is to be strong for others, whether their spouse or their children. This can be harmful to the person who is already struggling with grief. It will make them feel as if they should ignore their emotions to help someone else, which is not a healthy attitude and it can delay the process of healing from the loss. Instead, let them know that they are completely allowed to grieve for as long as they need to. Sometimes people really need to hear that.  

Try not to bombard them with your own problems or experiences. Many times, people want to let those who are grieving know that they understand what they are going through. This can hijack the conversation and make it about yourself instead of the person going through the current loss. Only offer your own experiences if the person asks to hear about them, and even then, be sure to not overwhelm them with it.  

Do not ask them lots of questions about what happened or what they are planning on doing next. Grief can cause confusion and can make someone feel overwhelmed and out of control. The last thing you want to do is add to that confusion. Instead, let the person know that they can count on you for help if they need it.  

Offering your condolences is usually the best thing you can do and say. Let those who are grieving that you are always available if they want to talk or if they need any kind of help. You do not want to burden them with your own problems and you do not want to invalidate their grief, so be cautious about the stories or experiences you share. Most Matoaca, VA funeral home directors will tell you that brevity is the best option. Learn more by reaching out to Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service. We can provide you with assistance in navigating grief and loss. Stop by our location at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or call us at (804) 275-7828 today. We’re here to help in any way we can.  

Alone, But Not Alone

Those in the grip of grief know that certain times of the year are difficult. Wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas time, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can evoke strong emotions. Even Easter week can present challenges for grieving families. In my experience as a Funeral Celebrant, I have found that most people regard themselves as spiritual beings in search of a greater peace and hope when mourning the death of someone they love. When asking a family how little or much religious content they want in the life celebration, the most frequent response is, “We would like spiritual emphases. We just don’t want it to feel like we’re in a church service.” In all honesty, I don’t want my funeral to feel like a church service either! With that in mind, I offer these biblically based thoughts, especially to those grieving and feeling very alone.

It is important to understand that solitude and aloneness are different. Grief will often lead us to a healthy solitude, where we seek a sanctuary of deep contemplation that can be rejuvenating. Aloneness is the result of the dread of isolation that brings with it a heaviness of spirit. Grieving spouses might feel isolated from couples and friends, as if on an emotional island. Aloneness takes us down a dark alley of despair that no one could possibly understand our hurt. I cannot pretend to understand the pain of losing a friend or family member to suicide or homicide. My wife Kathy and I have been married for nearly forty-six years. I cannot imagine the dread of waking up each morning without her beside me.

My faith system is rooted in Christianity; in a God and Savior who have shown me many times that even when I feel alone, I am never alone. Here are some examples in the context of grief:

ALONE IN OUR FEAR – BUT NOT ALONE

Fear of circumstances, fear of the unknown or fear of not being in control. Not only will fear paralyze us, we often try to hide our fear. All of us possess hidden fears. We might attempt to fake it, cover them up or even medicate them. But fear is a universal reality which is exacerbated by grief. The solution is found in three concepts: Truth, Love& Faith.

Begin with telling God the Truth. Lamentations 3:55 says, “From the bottom of the pit I cried out to you, O Lord. And when I begged you to listen to my cry, you heard me. And you answered me and told me not to be afraid.”

Second – Rely on the Absolute Love of God. 1 John 4:18 tells us, “Perfect love drives out all fear.” God is love…His love is perfect…His perfect love is stronger than any fear!

Third – Put Faith into Practice.We must Remember that faith doesn’t eliminate the fear. Faith simply gives us the courage to move beyond the fear, working through feelings of vulnerability. Remember that courage is not something with which we are born, which is why the exercising of faith is often uncomfortable.

ALONE IN OUR ANGER – BUT NOT ALONE

Anger is one of the interlocking emotions on the grief journey. Most of us don’t want to deal with anger, so we tend to build an emotional wall. We “isolate to insolate”. Perhaps you’ve noticed what a cat or dog does when it is sick or wounded? Instinctively, it will find to a secluded, virtually unreachable place to rest, because it knows it is vulnerable to predators. We can find ourselves on that emotionally secluded three-foot square island, where protection from emotional predators is accompanied by aloneness. 2 Kings 20:5 says, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…I will heal you.” God is saying we are alone, but not alone.

ALONE IN OUR SORROW – BUT NOT ALONE

Jesus grieved. He was described the “Man of Sorrows”. Sorrow like anger, is one of the interwoven processes of grief. On the night before Jesus was crucified, he was alone and praying in a garden. What we see in Jesus solitary conversation with his Father was intense sorrow. Any parent who has ever sobbed over the decisions of their child understands this agonizing concept. But, just as surely as God the Father was with Jesus in his aloneness, He is with you and me in our sorrows!

There is also a difference between sorrow and sadness. Sadness and happiness are temporary emotions. Sorrow is that protracted state of being that blocks any ray of happiness or hope. Unrelenting, chronic sorrow is a sure sign of depression. Depression illness can last a sorrowful life time. Yet, even in our depression we are not alone.

ALONE IN OUR PAIN – BUT NOT ALONE

Emotional pain and depression cause physical pain. Alone in the garden, Jesus grappled with that kind of pain. Jesus cried out in his heart to his Father; a muffled scream from his very soul that only he and his Father God could hear. And God sent an angel to strengthen him…alone, but not alone. And what about those awful times when you shook your fist and your heart screamed, “God, where ARE you in all of this?” By the way, it’s O.K.to be angry at God.He is a big God who understands and hurts with us. Now, just why is it that in our deepest need – our darkest hour we find we are alone but not alone? Because God NEVER wastes our pain! Just as surely as Jesus suffering and death was not wasted, neither is ours! And God wants to use our suffering for a greater purpose than we could ever imagine. This is the surest sign of healing.

So, this “Holy Week”, if grief washes over you like a sudden wave you were not prepared to handle; in your fear, anger, sorrow and pain, remember that God is always near. You may feel alone, but you are not alone.

Greg Webber,

Director of Aftercare & Community Care

How to Get Help Paying for a Service

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Funerary services are expensive, whether you choose cremation or burial. If you are having trouble paying for the services that you want for your loved one, there are ways that you can help yourself. For those of you who need assistance, turning to Colonial Heights, VA funeral homes for suggestions and guidance can be a good idea.  

Starting a crowdfunding project can be an excellent way of funding funerary services. These days, it is very easy to do this, since there are online platforms that can be shared on social media. You can set the amount of money that you are asking for and write a great explanation of what you will be using the funds for. Although you can always turn to in-person donations, it is much easier to keep track of the funds and to deposit them directly to your account when you use online crowdfunding sites. 

You can also ask for people to donate flowers for the service. Flower arrangements can be very expensive and if you do not have the means to buy them yourself, you may feel as if your loved one is not getting the service that they deserve. When sending out the obituary and the funeral or memorial service invitations, request that people bring flowers to help decorate the location. Guest will always welcome the chance of participating in the service and this can make it possible.  

Another way of paying for funerary expenses is to have a fundraiser of some sort. Some people do bake sales or garage sales, others have concerts with volunteer performers. Any kind of event can become a fundraiser and can help with the costs. To make this event a successful one, be sure to let your family members and friends know about it and post it all over your social media.  

You should also look for federal assistance. Social security benefits apply to some people, which can help cover some costs. This can only happen if you let social security know as soon as possible about the death, so be sure that they are alerted. If your loved one was a veteran, they may even qualify for free funerary services, so be sure to check with the VA to learn more about this option.  

All of these options can help you pay for some or all of the services you require after the death of a loved one. If you are working with a limited budget, cremation is usually the right choice, but you can also ask for burial services that do not include embalming, which can save you money. Speak with the funeral home in Colonial Heights, VA that you are considering hiring to see how they can help you through this process. Get started by contacting Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service. We offer excellent rates and the best services in the area. Learn more by visiting us at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or calling us at (804) 275-7828. 

Ways to Honor Veterans

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If your loved one served their country, it is important to honor their life and death with a service that befits their lives. By taking time to plan a funeral or cremation that references their service to the country, you will best be able to honor their memory. Ameila, VA funeral homes have many options and ways that you can celebrate a veteran loved one’s life.  

One of the first things to do is to find what veteran services are available in the funeral homes you are considering. Most funeral homes offer specific options that are available only for veterans, so if the one that you are considering hiring does not offer these, you will want to find another one. It is also important to know that the Department of Defense does provide services for free for veterans that are eligible, but the family needs to ask for these services.  

There are cemeteries that have sections only for veterans. Whether you want your loved one buried or cremated, you can have them placed in these cemeteries. Consider having their ashes scattered there, or their urns placed in a columbarium. If you are not sure which cemeteries offer this option, reach out to the funeral home or cremation provider you are hiring for help. They can help you find the perfect resting place for your loved one.  

Having a service, whether a funeral or a memorial, that has military honors is another option you need to consider. Hire bands to play military hymns or contact the federal government to see if your loved one is eligible to have taps played at the service by an actual military band. You should also consider using colors and symbols that bring to mind the branch of military that your loved one was part of.  

A grave marker or headstone that acknowledges and celebrates your loved one’s military service is another great way of honoring them. You can purchase these from the funeral home or you can reach out to the Veterans Administration. At your expense, they can provide official headstones and markers. You will have to let them know the information that you want engraved on it, but you can be sure that they will offer something beautiful and meaningful. If you are not sure how to contact the VA, the funeral home or cremation provider can help. 

All of these things can help ensure that your loved one is honored for their military service. It does not matter if your loved one wanted to be cremated or buried. They can still receive the kind of honors that they deserve. To start planning and making funerary arrangements, you should reach out to a qualified funeral home in Ameila, VA. At a company like ours, Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, we can offer options created especially for veterans. Let us help you today by visiting us at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or by giving us a call at (804) 275-7828. 

Happiness after Death and Loss

Emotions can be complicated, and our feelings are not simple or easily labeled when someone we love dies. There is sadness, there is grief. There may also be anger or confusion. Fatigue is common, and also often feelings of guilt. Sometimes people feel nothing at all. Those who are left behind might even  wonder if they will ever feel happy again. 

Some people find that it is easier to cope with a loss by burying all of their emotions. It seems to be a way to stop the pain. Happiness is avoided because if that emotion, ANY emotion, is felt then the door is open to the other emotions that are less pleasant. Unfortunately this also prevents any healing from happening. Ignoring feelings of sadness doesn’t make it go away, and it can actually intensify those feelings when they finally come rushing to the surface. That’s not to say that it is wrong to feel numb. There is no WRONG way to grieve. But it can be detrimental to stay numb for an extend period of time. Eventually we have to allow ourselves to feel again. That includes giving ourselves permission be happy.

Why would we need to do that? Maybe we feel we don’t deserve it. maybe we feel guilt over some circumstance of our loved one’s death and think we should give penance somehow. Maybe moments of happiness hurt too much because they cause us to miss that person too much. The sounds of laughter sting our ears because that one person can’t be there to share it with us.

Or maybe we feel guilty about feeling happiness because it might mean to others, or even ourselves, that we have moved on. Aren’t we supposed to feel sad? We don’t want anyone to question, even for a moment, how much our departed loved one meant to us. We might not be ready to “move on”. Real life might feel too difficult.

There can be any number of reasons why happiness is hard after a loss. Inevitably, however, we can and we will be happy again. It might be hard to believe, but it’s true. It might come after a long wait, and it might only be sporadic at first, but there will be moments where the sun peeks through the clouds and our hearts begin to feel warm again.

How can we help ourselves be ready to embrace happiness again?

First of all we must forgive. Forgive our loved one for leaving us, forgive ourselves for whatever guilt we may feel. Then we can also give ourselves permission to feel happy.

Once forgiveness has occurred we can focus on the love we shared instead. 
Remembering our happy memories of someone who has died can help us smile and feel closer to them. Telling the stories to others can help, too.

Self-care is also a good way to find happiness. Exercise, spending time with friends, rest, or even a new activity can help rejuvenate the body and the soul. 

You deserve to live again, hard as that may be at first. Embrace the love around you, seek out and celebrate the light. Find ways to help make the world a better place. If you do these things happiness can’t help but find you. Then when you have those moments of joy let them fill you and strengthen you to help get through the moments that are less than joyful, because they will still come. Being happy doesn’t mean that we will never be sad again, it just means that even when things are difficult we know that it will get better. We know that we can get through. We know that the sun will peek through the clouds again. We know the light will shine. 

Jennifer Roberts Bittner
Funeral Celebrant/ Life Tribute Specialist

Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service
6500 Iron Bridge Rd.
N. Chesterfield, VA 23234
Serving the Richmond area since 1870

Announcing a Death to Loved Ones

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It is never easy to lose someone you love. If you have recently gone through this, one of the most difficult things to do is to let others know about the death. By taking the time to read up a bit about the process and by asking for assistance from experts like those that work at funeral homes in Richmond, VA, you can learn how best to break this terrible news to loved ones.  

One of the most important things to remember when having this kind of conversation is to be as honest as possible. You do not want to use euphemisms for death, since this can confuse people. This especially important if you are speaking with a child or with the elderly. Although it may feel blunt or even rude, tell them outright that their loved one has died. The sooner you do this in the conversation, the better. Many times, people think that by delaying the news, they can protect people from feeling grief, but this can be a mistake. Let them know the truth as soon as you can.  

Try not to make too many promises to make the person feel better. It is very normal for parents, for example, to promise something to children to distract them or comfort them, but this is not wise. By doing this, you are not allowing the child to process the death in a timely manner. You also want to ensure that if you do make a promise, you can keep it, otherwise you will be losing the person’s trust.  

Stay on topic when making the announcement. It is difficult for most of us to speak directly about death and so we tend to try to avoid the subject or mention it indirectly. To allow people the best chance of starting the grieving process and start making the necessary arrangements, you will want to be clear and precise with what you say. Of course, it is up to you to decide on the amount of information you provide. If you think that details will upset your family, then you may want to keep them to yourself. This is especially important when speaking with a child.  

Telling someone that a friend or relative has died will not be easy. No one wants to cause other people grief, and that can happen when you let them know about a death, which is why so many people try to avoid or delay these news. Be strong and let your loved ones know about the death at once. This is the best thing you can do for them, since it will allow them to begin the grieving process. If you want to know more about how to have this conversation, speaking with a Richmond, VA funeral home director can be a good idea. At Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, we can provide guidance so that this process can be easier. Visit us at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or call us at (804) 275-7828. 

Funeral Procession Etiquette

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If you will be attending a funeral service and you will take part in the procession that comes after it, in which either people drive or walk to escort the decease to the burial site, you may not have a clear idea to what to expect. As with any other part of the funeral service, the procession does have its etiquette rules. A Richmond, VA funeral home director can share the tips that you need to know before attending.  

One of the most crucial things you need to remember is to arrive on time to the location from where the procession will begin. Usually, the funeral home director will provide instructions a few minutes before the start of the procession, so you need to be there, ready to listen. Be sure to follow all of the instructions. If you are not clear on anything, ask someone for help.  

Once you get in your vehicle, be sure to turn on the lights. This is the sign that you are part of the procession, which will give you passage if the streets are crowded. If you are the last car in the procession, you will be asked to place two flags at the back of your vehicle and to drive with the hazard lights on.  

It is important to follow the lead and stay in line. If the procession has a police escort, as many do, you will want to pay close attention to what they want the vehicles to do. Do not, for any reason, speed. Not only is this dangerous to those around you, but it is also disrespectful to those who are mourning and to the deceased. If the procession has to go through a busy street or a highway, try to keep no more than two cars away, but without speeding. Many times, this is easier than it sounds because people will gladly move ahead of them if they know you are part of the funeral procession.  

If you are the last vehicle or if you are part of a procession in which all vehicles were given flags to place on their cars, you need to be careful with them. They are not yours to keep, but will instead be collected at the burial site. Show them respect and return them when it is time.  

All of these tips can help you take part of a funeral procession without worries about breaking any rules of etiquette. It is essential that you be courteous to the family that is grieving and that you behave in a respectful manner. If you are ever confused as to what you should be doing, turn to the funeral director. He or she will be able to guide you. To learn more about these procession, reach out to a funeral home in Richmond, VA like Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service. They will be more than happy to assist you. Stop by their location at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or call them right now at (804) 275-7828. 

How to Select Pallbearers

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The carrying of the casket to the hearse that will take it to the burial location after the funeral service is done by people called pallbearers. These can be provided by the funeral home or you can choose them. For most people, choosing pallbearers allows them to give loved ones the opportunity to honor the deceased. Of course, careful consideration must be given to who will be a pallbearer. If you are starting the process of making these kinds of decisions, Colonial Heights, VA funeral home directors have suggestions that can help.  

Physical strength is definitely one of the first things you need to consider. Although there are usually six pallbearers, they each have to be able to do some of the lifting. People who are ill or who are not naturally strong are not the best option. This does not mean, however, that only men should be considered. Lots of families have all-female pallbearers. If you would still like to have a particular person who you know is not strong enough to do the job, you can make them honorary pallbearers.  

Another consideration is whether the person you are considering can make it through the ceremony in an emotional state that allows them to do the lifting. People who are going through a very rough grieving period might not be able to hold it together for long enough to help. Choose people who feel the loss but who you are certain will not break down during the service. If you have any doubts about this with anyone you choose, the best thing to do is to choose someone else. You do not want to put extra worries or stress on the person who is suffering so badly.  

You want to choose people who are reliable. The last thing you need when going through such a difficult and stressful moment is to have to worry about people not getting to the service on time. Do not choose people who are constantly late or who do not show up at all.  

The pallbearers do not necessarily have to be relatives to the deceased. Many times, friends were closer to the person than family, and it makes more sense to give them the honor. If your loved one did not leave a list of their preferred pallbearers, you will want to make a careful list of the people he or she was closest with.  

Selecting pallbearers is not something that should be done in a hurry. It is an important decision and it requires careful thought. If you still have worries or are not sure about the tasks a pallbearer will have to perform during the service, speak with an expert at a funeral home in Colonial Heights, VA. By reaching out to a company like Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, you can get the guidance that you need. Visit them at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or schedule an appointment right now by calling (804) 275-7828. 

The Family Mess

There are two events that bring families together – weddings and funerals. Both reveal much about the dysfunctional family. Weddings can produce a temporary armistice on the battleground of an eclectic gaggle of parents, ex-spouses, in-laws and “out-laws”,aunts and uncles, as well as that cousin no one wants to talk about. Civility reigns at for least a few hours into the reception when alcohol induced inhibition kicks in.

The funeral can also reveal family dysfunction. Clergy and funeral directors often find themselves caught in the family-feud crossfire. Much like a wedding, grieving families often bring elements of tension, resentment and bitterness into the arrangement meeting. Some families express embarrassment and struggle to know just what to say about the deceased. As a pastor and celebrant, I have faced the challenge of preparing a service with some interesting dynamics. A friend of one family said that it was best to take the deceased in limited doses. On one occasion, I prepared a service for a man whose wide reputation as a bigoted bully preceded him – “the elephant in the room”. A church member once told me that her husband would have to pay people to be his pallbearers. I sat with another family to plan the service and the tension engulfed the room like a thick cloud. In each case, the challenge was to find a way to celebrate a life few people enjoyed being around; to balance truth and compassion. I learned early on that even though the deceased was as mean as a rattlesnake, the funeral service is not the place to point that out. Here are some of the things I shared as a celebrant about one particularly controversial life.

I set the tone saying that the deceased was a complex man; that he was one of a kind. Even as I uttered those “funeral correct”words, the left side of my brain was saying,“That’s a polite way of saying that just about everybody disliked this jerk.” I pointed to the truth that, like all of us, he had many sides to his personality. Some people are triangles and some are rectangles. But this guy was an octagon! And your take on him depended on which side you of the octagon you encountered. He was a “preferred dish”, as a family friend delicately put it. He could be down-right ornery and lovingly compassionate. It was his way or no way, but he tenderly sacrificed so much for his invalid wife.He saw things as black or white yet, was artistically gifted – A NASCAR guy who liked classical music – a career military officer who enjoyed interior decorating.Go figure!

Families are complex. Relationships are messy. There are moments when it’s as if a spotlight shines on just one side of our multi-sided lives. I’ve felt the heat from that spotlight when I have behaved in surprising ways that brought me embarrassment.I have felt exposed by the light when acting like an idiot. And it would be easy for someone to judge who I am by one or two illuminated sides of my rectangular life. But I am so glad that my entire life is not summed up by those regrettable side moments. The truth is, some people make it so easy to dislike them from all sides.

My dad was one of those people. His behavior was embarrassing to the family. In the end, my dad and I rebuilt the bridge to each other. And that began when I saw my older brother take the first step. It set the example for other family members as well. Other bridges were rebuilt, and relationships restored. Now, that isn’t to say that our relationship with our dad was warm and fuzzy, but it was just workable. Thirty years after his death, I can still smile when I tell people that my dad was a real “Weird-mobile”. Complex people can drive us crazy, test our limits and push the boundaries of love. But, at the end of a life, we do the right thing. We bring dignity to their lives with gestures of respect.

I concluded that uncomfortable funeral service reminding everyone that honoring the departed is a sacred act. It is sacred,because every life is sacred and has value to someone.

Families tasked with “making proper arrangements” can embrace the opportunity to build bridges, experience forgiveness and embrace reconciliation. It simply takes one person to make the first move to initiate a domino effect of something beyond mere tolerance.  

When the service ended, I was concerned that the family might have been offended by what I had shared, but quite the contrary. I was approached by several family and friends of the deceased who thanked me for “saying what needed to be said with compassion.” Lesson learned. In celebrating a life, don’t portray the person as someone they were not. That would be not only disingenuous but insulting. Honesty with compassion helps bring closure. It can bring détente to dysfunctional families and help them understand their common ground of the wearying effects of living with a complex “octagon”.The one whom they buried or cremated was the ground zero of their family mess. They can now choose to build new bridges with each other of understanding, empathy and care.

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Greg Webber has served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Michigan and Virginia. He currently serves as The Director of Aftercare, Certified Celebrant and Trained Survivor of Suicide Support Group Facilitatorfor Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. Contact him at greg@morrissett.com.

Memorial Service Ideas

The memorial service that you have for your loved one should be as unique as they were. People tend to think that services have to be done in one particular way but this is not the case. You can be creative and put together a memorial that will bring your loved one’s personality forward and allow guests to say their goodbyes. If you are not sure where to begin when considering ideas for a memorial service, Midlothian, VA funeral homes have some suggestions.  

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If your loved one was someone who enjoyed music and encouraging local artists, a great way to celebrate them and to add personality to their memorial service can be to hire local musicians to play. These days, many people choose to put together playlists, or have recordings, but having live musicians can be a wonderful tribute to the person you have lost.  

A good way to make a memorial service unique is to consider where you will have it. If you want to have it at the funeral home of your choice, then you have to think of decorating in a way that brings your loved one’s personality to the forefront. For people who prefer to have it somewhere else, take the time to think of what your loved one enjoyed doing. Did they like being outdoors? Did they like the beach? This can help you choose the right location.  

Instead of a regular memorial service, you may want to host a celebration of life. For people who were always happy and always ready for a party, it can feel strange to memorialize them by having a somber event. Instead, a celebration of life can allow people to honor their life without sadness. More and more often, people are choosing this option. If you do decide on this, be sure to let all of your guests know that is the plan so that no one is taken by surprise.  

During the service and instead of having one professional portrait of the person you have lost, you can have a slideshow of images. You can even ask people to provide images they may have of your loved one so that everyone gets to participate. It can be a really moving tribute that is wholly unique.  

All of these ideas can help you put together a memorial service that is beautiful and that offers the kind of comfort that people want. It is always important to consider your loved one’s personality and what they enjoyed doing, since this can provide clues as to what kind of service can really honor them. Take the time to speak with the funeral home in Midlothian, VA that you are hiring, since they will often have excellent suggestions that can make the planning process a bit easier. Turn to a company like Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service for more information. You can reach them by visiting 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or by giving them a call at (804) 275-7828 today.