If your elderly parent has died and you've had his or her body cremated, you may be planning an outdoor ceremony at which you'll be scattering the cremated remains. If you have young children, it can be difficult enough for them to grasp that their grandparent has died, but you could find yourself in a challenging situation if one of your children expresses concern over scattering the remains. If a child is vocal about not scattering the remains, you may wish to change your approach.
For some families, hosting an anniversary memorial service provides a way to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed. It can also provide continued healing as your family copes with the loss. With the help of your funeral home director, you can plan an anniversary memorial service that uplifts your family and friends while paying tribute to your loved one. Here are a few options to consider as you plan this unique type of memorial service:
An important job to perform between the death of a family member and the funeral service is to advise people of the news. While placing an obituary in the newspaper will reach lots of people who will want to attend the funeral, you should also plan to personally contact friends of your parent and other individuals to ensure that they're aware of the news. Phone calls are ideal for some people, but calling dozens of people can be taxing.
After you have cremated a loved one, you may want to take a part of your loved one with you. Cremation does not actually leave ashes behind. Instead, it leaves behind bone fragments that are pulverized. One way to keep your loved one with you is through specialized jewelry such as a cremation ring.
The ring comes with a cavity that is hidden by a piece that is held in place by a screw.
When planning a memorial service for a loved one who chose cremation, you may want to have the urn present and on display. This can be a way to give the bereaved some small comfort when a casket will not be involved. Here are a few options for creating a touching display featuring the urn.
Your funeral home may have an urn altar available for use at a memorial service.