Do you like the idea of a simple cremation service in Marlton, NJ, but can’t reconcile choosing it for someone you love for sentiment’s sake?
This position implies that cremation is somehow inferior to its alternative when in reality, it gives you more options than everything else.
Whatever your reason for wanting cremation, whether affordability or personal preference, see options here to make your service special.
1. Pick out a unique urn
Whether you will be having a service gathering or taking your loved one’s remains home, the urn is an item central to cremation.
Using a personalized urn to hold the remains rather than just the first thing you find can make your choice feel more like it should.
You can get a regular urn and engrave/paint it or have one custom-made from scratch. Some people use household items they are sentimental about, like a cookie jar.
2. Plan a full funeral service with cremation
If you can afford it, nothing stops you from having a full-service traditional funeral when choosing cremation.
All you have to do is find a provider with the facility for the funeral service type you have in mind who offers cremation.
3. Have a moment of silence
We often observe a moment of silence at funerals and memorial services to show respect to the deceased.
However, not everyone gets to have one of those. In that case, you can take your minute at a viewed cremation or even before signing for direct cremation.
4. Put pictures and personal items together to showcase
If your loved one liked to display memories either in photographs or collector’s items, consider incorporating the best of them into your service.
They can be in multimedia forms like video or slideshow. Or you could make a memorial display board.
The process of putting these items together alone can do a lot for grieving loved ones. And you can ask guests and outsiders who will attend to chip in if there is room.
5. Showcase their life’s work
Did your loved one dedicate a good chunk of their life to a cause? Perhaps they had communities they actively belonged to or impacted?
Invite members of these groups to the memorial and have their banner, flag, logo, etc., there to acknowledge that part of your loved one’s identity.
If it mattered to them, representing it can make a difference in personifying the event.
6. Share keepsakes
The primary motivation behind personalization is to create a feeling or experience that people won’t quickly forget.
And if there’s anything we know about people, it’s that they love gifts, especially sentimental ones.
Enter keepsakes: something functional they can connect to such that whenever they see or use it, it instantly reminds them of where they got it and why.
Incorporate these into your plans if you hold a service. It can be a key chain, a plant, or anything in between, as long as they can link it to your departed loved one.
7. Incorporate the deceased’s favorites
No matter how low-key or elaborate a service you’re planning, a simple way to personalize it is to include the deceased’s favorites.
The last outfit, what guests wear, music, décor, refreshments, what you end up doing with the ashes, etc., are critical points to make the deceased’s personality evident.
8. Make the final disposition of the ashes special
Once you’ve decided what to do with the cremation remains, make it as memorable as possible.
What that means specifically depends on your relationship with the deceased. It could be a gathering for some and a lone affair for others.
In the end, anyone can personalize a cremation service in Marlton, NJ. They just have to work with a provider that is up to the task while staying mindful of their budget. Call or visit us today for immediate assistance or to discuss more options.