Cremation continues to be a popular option for the final resting of the body of a
loved one. While some families choose to hold loved ones ashes in an urn, many
families plan a graveside service for the burial of ashes in a family plot or indeed
purchase a new grave for this reason. The term for this is known as ‘interment of
ashes’. This option allows both family and friends a place to go to remember.
This also allows bereaved families an outlet to grieve and instill a feeling of
closure. The graveside service for the burial of ashes will often include most of the facets of a funeral service – playing of music, delivery of a short eulogy, some
prayers or a poem/reflection that may have been read at the funeral service,
followed by a Rite of Committal or a Spiritual Blessing committing the person to
their final resting place.
The scattering of ashes is a special occasion to commemorate the life of a loved one. With a little thought and preparation, your ceremony to scatter their ashes can be meaningful, memorable, heartfelt and dignified. It is an opportunity to give your loved one the send-off they would have wished for.
Ashes may be scattered in many different locations, for eg: a favourite beach or park, a sports arena, or somewhere of particular significance. If the location is a private one, permission may be needed from the landowner.
The date and time of the scattering ceremony is important – anniversaries or birthdays are particularly poignant. The time of the ceremony should be considered if you have chosen somewhere which may get busy, as you would require privacy e.g. a beach/river. Sunrise and sunset can be quieter and can add to the sense of ceremony. Symbolic actions like lighting candles or lanterns, scattering petals, or maybe planting a tree can add to the occasion and leave a memorable impact.
In many ways, a Memorial Service is actually quite similar to a Funeral Service. A
Funeral Service occurs with the body present. In contrast, a memorial service contains much of the same structure although the deceased’s body is not present at the service, although you may have your loved ones ashes present. Because a Memorial Service occurs after the remains have been cared for, you can take time
to plan a ceremony and decide how you want to pay tribute to your loved one. A Memorial Service can be held in a family home, a hotel, or other suitable venue like a club hall etc.
A Memorial Service differs from a Funeral Service in that it’s often a little more casual with a relaxed atmosphere with guests attending to celebrate a life well lived and also has the added bonus of being less time restricted. A Memorial Service may or may not include elements from a traditional funeral service, although the choice is left up to you the family.
We are all unique, and no matter what type of ceremony you desire, I can help you plan a personalised service allowing you to celebrate a life well lived.
A eulogy, or funeral speech, is a spoken tribute about a person at their funeral. A
eulogy helps build a picture of your loved one in all their facets, and the impact
they had on different people. Typically, a eulogy is delivered by a family member
or close friend. This can be a very traumatic and daunting task in what is a very
emotional time. I can help you with structuring and writing your loved ones story, and if you wish, I can deliver said eulogy at any Religious, Spiritual or Civil