If you look back at your life, there are certain moments, experiences, and people that likely come to mind. It’s these relationships and memories that set you apart. The peaks and valleys, accomplishments and setbacks, the choices and lessons. These create your unique story. While it’s natural to share with others what makes you one of a kind while you’re still living, it’s also imperative to do so during your funeral, visitation, reception, and burial. These personal stories and reminders are what will help your friends and family remember and grieve and heal.
Our staff here at Cypress Lawn knows all about how personal touches added to a funeral service, visitation, or reception can aid in the grieving process. We also know just how important the days and weeks following a death are for those who have lost someone. This is why we recommend that everyone in the Bay Area makes their funeral plans in advance.
So often, after a loved one dies, the family has to make numerous difficult decisions about the funeral, burial, or cremation. As you can imagine, this is not an easy position for a family to be in, especially while trying to cope with loss.
When you make your funeral plans in advance, not only do you spare your family from this stress, but you also put yourself in control of these choices. You get to tell your story, your way. And if you choose, you can also pre-pay for the prearrangements, so your family won’t face any unexpected financial obligations after you’re gone. It’s completely up to you.
Here are a few things to think about related to your own arrangements:
- Does your family know if you want a large and public burial and funeral service or one that’s more intimate?
- Do you prefer traditional burial or cremation?
- Have you told them about the music or readings or types of flowers you would prefer?
- What about a reception and the many personal details that can be added throughout as ways to express significant parts of your story?
We’ve been part of countless funerals over the 125 plus years we’ve been serving San Francisco Bay Area and have numerous ideas to help you express yourself and your legacy through your farewell. For example, we’ve seen displays or artwork set alongside favorite photos and collections on a remembrance table. Another person might arrange for an environmentally friendly balloon release at the graveside, or serve a favorite meal or drink at the reception that bring a smile to everyone’s face.
No matter what you envision, our experienced team is here to help you put a plan in place. You can get started by filling out our online planning form and reviewing our comprehensive preplanning checklist. Then contact us to speak with our licensed family service counselors who can help guide you through the process. Truly, no one regrets preplanning their arrangements, and now is a great time to do so.
Everyone’s story is unique. How will you tell yours?