Home Funeral Guides:
100 years ago, it was customary to honor a deceased love one at home – from bathing and preparation, to viewing and receiving visitors. The only time the deceased left the home was to go to church for the funeral and then to the cemetery. So continuing to do this today, should not be something that is new or different to us. The concept of old fashioned funeral care, where healing involvement from the family is encouraged, is facilitated by our professional skills and knowledge. We are here to help in any way we can, be it transportation, consulting with families to help them handle death care on their own or taking care of all the details to make a home funeral a reality.
We want you to be able to honor your loved one in an intimate and personally significant manner, being in control of the timing and environment. This allows families to experience the serenity of the death process in an unrushed, private and reflective way.
If you are considering a home funeral, we are happy to give you a consultation—free of charge by phone. (210) 214-6084
What we call green burial today would have been known as traditional burial for all of human history up until the 20th century. In green burial, the deceased is not embalmed with chemicals. Instead the body is either left in its natural state or embalmed with non-toxic, formaldehyde-free fluids. Only biodegradable materials are used, such as natural-fiber shrouds and caskets made of pine, wicker, bamboo, or paper. There is no concrete vault or liner placed around the casket so the body is in direct contact with the earth.
If you are considering a natural burial, we are happy to give you a consultation—free of charge by phone. (210) 992-2143
Cremation is becoming a favored death care choice in our country because of its simplicity and respectability across different cultures and religions. If you are considering a natural burial, we are happy to give you a consultation—free of charge by phone. (210) 992-2143
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Pre-planning a funeral is about so much more than choosing the minor details of the service, or choosing which type of music should be played. The pre-planning process is hugely beneficial for not just the person planning their funeral, but also their family and friends who will be attending it. Here are some of the biggest perks of pre-planning…
1. It’s sparks important conversations about death.
It’s no secret that there is a huge stigma about death. People hear the word funeral and think, “Death? That’s dark, creepy, weird, scary… insert any other negative word you can think of here.” But the truth is, funerals are something that people experience every single day, whether they are open to them or not. Going to funerals, planning funerals and simply talking about funerals helps people become more comfortable about the idea of them, and even helps people understand their own feelings on death better.
2. It relieves a huge financial burden from families.
Funerals can be an pricey undertaking, just like any other important life event… but what makes funeral costs different is that they often come at unexpected, unplanned times for many families. This can cause many family members to feel overwhelmed, burdened, or stressed out at a time when they are already deeply emotional. Luckily, pre-planning is a huge resource for relieving this burden, so let your families know about the importance of setting aside costs for their funeral.
When people take responsibility for their arrangements and plan and pay for their services in advance, they are protecting their loved ones and are removing the possibility of emotional overspending in the future.
3. It allows people to understand what their family needs from their funeral.
When we say that a funeral is for the living, we don’t mean that it’s up to the family to plan a funeral in whatever way is easiest, fastest or most simple. It means that the funeral brings immense value, healing and comfort to family and friends when their loved one has passed. However, just simply planning any old funeral won’t create this healing experience… that’s why it’s important that families have these conversations together during the pre-planning process.
When you have that difficult conversation with your family about death and funerals, answer the following questions:
– What makes you uncomfortable at a funeral? What helps you feel more comfortable?
– Does having a body present at a funeral help you in the grieving process?
– Do you like the idea of having a permanent memorial to go to and reflect on your loved one’s life?
– Are you comfortable with the process of cremation? Do you like the idea of having an urn at home?
These questions (and others) will help you get a better understanding of what elements of a funeral are important, or even essential, for your immediate family, and they can begin to factor these decisions into pre-planning.
At the end of the day, pre-planning is still just as important as it ever was. It’s immensely helpful in that it not only helps people make decisions outside of the emotional moments following a death, but it also brings to the forefront a conversation that all families should have… How do people feel about funerals? What decisions would make them most comfortable? These aren’t just questions that should be answered by the person who is pre-planning their own funeral, but should be a discussion between the entire family.
For more information, or assistance in pre-planning, please call (210) 992-2143