From Grieving to Remembrance
The Remembrance Process℠ captures the importance of the human need to be remembered. It is a step-by-step process from before death through the final farewell that uses time-tested ways to help families move from grief to remembrance. View the video at the right for an overview of The Remembrance Process℠ and how it can help you and your family. Click the video thumbnail to play video.
Cremation does not have to limit your funeral choices. You can be just as creative with a cremation service as you can be with a traditional burial service.
One of the greatest causes of stress around planning and arranging a funeral—especially an unexpected one, is that you have to do it in a very short time. Trying to plan a funeral in just a couple of days can be extremely stressful, and frustrating. But the reality is that you have more time than you may think.
Knowing that a loved one’s time is limited doesn’t necessarily make their passing any easier when it does happen, but for many families, the chance to anticipate a death, and plan in advance, even if it is just a few days, can be a huge blessing.
In the past, pre-planning final arrangements wasn’t as important as it is today. Final arrangements used to be nearly the same for every person in a family or community, from the schedule of events, to the funeral home, to the hymns, to the cemetery. For better or worse, things are a lot more complicated today. There are many choices, costs and personal expressions to choose from, and final arrangement planning has become important, not only for yourself, but for your family and friends as well.
Over our lifetimes our personality becomes our trademark. It reveals the essence of who we are and is what people remember most about us. Today, when people are faced with the loss of a loved one, they are able to make final arrangement choices that truly reflect the personal spirit of their loved one.
People who deal with death every day, professional caregivers such as palliative care, grief counsellors, clergy and medical practitioners have long understood the importance of remembrance. It is an established principle that helps heal, so we can go on living our lives in meaningful ways.
Because death and end of life have traditionally been difficult subjects for us to talk about, there are many misconceptions that add stress as families plan funerals and end of life services. Here are some of the most common.
A personal perspective on the value of palliative care. You can have peace of mind knowing your loved one can live comfortably in their own surroundings, away from a hospital atmosphere, as death approaches.
Many of us feel uncomfortable about attending visitations and funeral services because we just don’t know what to say to the bereaved. We want to comfort the family, to offer our help, to show our support, but we are afraid of saying the wrong thing, and afraid of saying nothing at all.
Why do people carve their initials in trees? Or place their hands in cement? They want to leave their mark, and to be remembered. But the real marks they leave are the ones they've made on us. A hug. A smile. A kind word. We want to remember them. This touching video helps families see how remembering can help them deal with loss.
“A smile of encouragement at the right moment may act like sunlight on a closed-up flower; it may be the turning point for a struggling life.” -Unknown “Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.” -Proverbs 2:3-4
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