Hi, my name is Crystal, and I love tradition and ritual, but I also love novel things and creating something special just for one person. When my mum died a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to write her funeral service – not just my eulogy, but the whole service. I wanted to tie in traditional elements as well as Bible verses and poems that she loved, but I also wanted something that was just for her and her alone. I learned a lot through that experience. If you have lost a loved one, I extend you my sympathy. I know how that feels, and I want to help with the funeral service. This blog has ideas and tips for writing your own service as well as a range of other things. I hope it helps.
31 March 2016
Planning a funeral can be hard but also cathartic on many levels. One of the decisions you have to make is what your loved one should wear. Here are some ideas to keep in mind as you select an outfit. 1. Any outfit is appropriate. For generations, suits, dresses and similar outfits were standard for the deceased person to wear in a casket. However, that social requirement is long gone.
24 August 2015
Although the world is becoming more connected and traditional customs are being lost, funerals and funeral rituals remain diverse across cultures. Typically in the West, the body is taken to a funeral home to be attended by funeral directors before being driven to the memorial service in a hearse. Coffins are traditionally wooden or painted in muted colours and the service is a sombre reflection on the deceased life's. But many cultures around the world have their own unique funeral rites and styles of service.
10 August 2015
In Australia today, 1 in 5 people select 'none' when asked to identify their religious affiliation, up from 1 in 250 in 1911. In a nation with a rich and diverse religious history, non-belief is rising rapidly, and whilst in everyday life these philosophical differences often remain unseen, in the event of a death of a close relative they can complicate funeral arrangements, as the line between honouring the wishes of the departed and respecting the beliefs of the living can often prove challenging to tread.
5 August 2015
Planning a funeral can be very difficult for anyone, which is why it's good to work with a compassionate funeral director. This person can walk you through much of the process and handle many matters related to having a funeral conducted. It's good to understand what funeral directors do when it comes to helping a family, so you know what to discuss with him or her while planning the funeral. Note a few factors to keep in mind.
5 August 2015
The funeral service discussion is one that nobody wants to have; unfortunately, some uncomfortable discussions are unavoidable. For the sake of you and your family, it is very important that you pre-plan your funeral service as thoroughly as possible. With proper planning, you give your loved ones some much needed peace of mind in an already very stressful time. To properly plan out your funeral service, you need to make the following considerations: