experienced staff can help create a service that is both individual
and meaningful for relatives and friends. We will suggest ways
of bringing the spirit and essence of the deceased into the
service. Some past suggestions used at previous memorial
services follow. Some examples are general and will apply to
many families. Others are much more specific, but the
creativity and individual expression that is possible remains
The enlargement of
photographs to as large as life-size.
Custom interiors in the casket of different fabrics and colors.
The use of floral arrangements, creatively designed and arranged.
will forward information for newspaper obituaries regarding contributions to a favorite
charity in memory of the deceased.
Video and audio taping of a memorial service is
available to preserve the words and anecdotes of family and friends.
will provide elegant wooden tables and pedestals to display personal photos or collectibles.
The use our memory boards and easels to display
photos recalling cherished memories are often desired.
We can arrange
for musicians to perform during the service, or simply play a CD or
cassette recording on our state of the art music system.
burial sites, our staff can arrange for such things as dove and balloon releases.
cremation we can arrange for ashes to be entombed in a niche or to be scattered
in a variety of ways, by boat or even by plane is possible.
When a parent dies that has young children we provide a memorial book and a desk where friends and relatives can sit and write about their relationship with the deceased and perhaps how that person helped and made a difference in their
life. This bound volume
is a wonderful and valuable keepsake when the children grow older.
conducted services for equestrians where we have set the casket atop hay bales and used
the deceased's saddle on top of the casket instead of flowers. The riders show helmet and boots were
the death of a young man, we displayed his kayak, skis, and surfboard
along with other personal items.
family of a woman that collected hats had many of them displayed
around the room, and in the obituary the family invited eleven women
attending the funeral to wear a hat or bonnet.
a prominent artist died, we turned the room into a gallery of sorts
by displaying some of his paintings. We also used the artist's
self portrait, had it miniaturized into a memorial card and printed
a poem that the family selected on the reverse side to hand out to
individual who loved Japanese maple trees, we brought in
15-gallon potted trees and displayed them along with his
personal belongings. Our staff later arranged to
have the trees planted on their country property.
an owner of an opera company died, we suggested they bring in some
sets and costumes to personalize the service.
For an avid
car collector's funeral we suggested that his favorites be
parked outside the funeral home, so when everyone arrived
for the services they were on display.