A memorial service is an event to honor and celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed. Personalized memorial services are an opportunity to remember your loved one and say goodbye with the help and support of your family and friends.
Most direct cremation providers allow you the option of dressing your loved one, yourself, prior to direct cremation if you prefer.
When exploring treatment and end of life care options, families often confuse hospice and palliative care. Hospice and palliative care both aim to provide pain and symptom relief for patients. While palliative care can be coupled with curative treatment, hospice care provides pain relief for patients with terminal illnesses who have ended all curative treatments and have a life expectancy under six months. All hospice care is a type of palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.
The first hours after the death of a loved one can be overwhelming and confusing. Consider making a list or download our end of life checklist to paint a clear picture of what needs to be done. As you review the items, take advantage of family members and close friends that offer help. Try to delegate responsibilities to lighten the load.
When a loved one passes away, many decisions need to be made. It can be challenging to decide which answers best fit your situation and needs—particularly when you don’t have all the necessary information. Even if you know that your loved one wanted to be cremated, you may not be aware of your options for where, and how, their cremation may be handled. While a local traditional funeral home might be the first place you’d think to contact, you may first want to learn more about classic cremation vs. direct cremation.