Last updated 3 days ago
When a loved one passes, there are many decisions to be made regarding how best to commemorate his or her life. Cremation and burial are both respectful choices to honor a loved one who has passed. Increasingly, however, more people are deciding that cremation would best honor a loved one. Your decision will likely involve a combination of the following factors.
Many people express their own wishes for their funerals. It’s always best to follow your loved one’s personal preferences. If you’re unsure of what your loved one wanted, contact his or her attorney. Your loved one’s preferences may be included in the will or in funeral pre-planning documents. You could also contact other family members and ask them if your loved one expressed the desire to be buried or cremated.
If your loved one was a practitioner of a specific religion, you may wish to visit his or her spiritual leader. A spiritual leader can provide guidance on honoring your loved one with a funeral and burial or cremation in adherence to those beliefs.
In the event that your loved one did not provide indicators of his or her personal and religious preferences, you may need to decide between cremation and burial yourself. One factor to consider is physical location. With a burial, other family members can pay their respects at the gravesite. Likewise, with a cremation, the urn can be interred at a crypt to provide a special place for family and friends to gather. If there is a possibility that your family will move far away, cremation may provide a better option; you’ll be able to take your loved one’s ashes with you. Additionally, consider whether your loved one would have liked having the ashes scattered in a place that was meaningful to him or her.
If you’re still unsure of how best to honor your loved one, St. Louis Cremation can help you explore a range of respectful choices. We offer traditional or church funerals with cremation to follow, and traditional funerals with burial. St. Louis area residents are invited to call our licensed funeral home at (314) 332-2783 to learn more.
Last updated 11 days ago
It’s never easy to cope with the loss of a loved one. Some people begin the grieving process before the loved one passes on, such as when a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. To cope with death and loss, reach out to friends, family members, and professional counselors for help.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, the grieving process is natural; let it run its course and allow yourself to feel a range of emotions. It’s natural to feel shock, sadness, and anger, among other emotions.
Honoring your loved one with a respectful funeral service can help you cope with your grief. The professionals of St. Louis Cremation look forward to meeting with you and discussing how we can help you through this process. Call our St. Louis office at (314) 332-2783 or visit our website for information about our funeral service and cremation options.
Last updated 17 days ago
There are many ways to honor the life of a loved one who has passed away. The funeral service provides the opportunity to eulogize your loved one and share cherished memories. After the funeral, you could also respect the memory of your loved one by making a few creative design changes to your home.
Start a Commemorative Garden
Many people choose to commemorate the life of a loved one by planting a beautiful, flowering tree. Planting a tree celebrates the life that was lived. You might also choose to start a commemorative garden featuring plants that your loved one enjoyed in life. For example, you might plant a rose garden or sow a patch of wildflowers. If you chose to cremate your loved one, a garden could serve as a setting for building a shrine or niche to house the urn.
Hang a Portrait
Consider contracting a local artist to paint a portrait of your loved one. Artists can use pictures to help them create the painting. Hang the portrait in a place of honor in your home, such as over the mantel.
Create a Photo Display
Another way to commemorate your loved one’s life is to make a creative photo display. Select favorite photos of your loved one and the activities or items he or she cherished in life. You might create a collage of the photos or order them chronologically. Some people choose to include photos of their loved one’s hometown or a beautiful view from their loved one’s home.
Respect Your Loved One’s Collections
If your loved one took pride in a collection, you could choose to continue the collection or give it to another family member who will. Or, you could divide the collection among family members and friends, so that each may have a cherished memento of your loved one.
The professionals of St. Louis Cremation, a licensed funeral home, understand how difficult it can be to choose the appropriate manner of honoring your loved one and respecting his or her final wishes. We invite you to call our St. Louis office at (314) 332-2783 to discuss funeral and cremation options. We offer on-site cremation and veterans’ services.
Last updated 24 days ago
There are many reasons why people prefer cremation over traditional burial. It involves fewer logistics, it’s less expensive, and it permits the deceased or his loved ones to select a more personal resting place for the remains. While there aren’t any comprehensive laws governing the scattering of ashes, there are a few guidelines you may want to keep in mind.
Most of the time, determining where to scatter ashes is a matter of one’s moral compass. If you scatter the ashes in a way that seems reasonable to you, it will likely seem reasonable to others. For instance, most people would agree that it’s fine to scatter ashes in the middle of a forest, whereas spreading ashes in a public fountain would likely be frowned upon. Some public places require permits, and if you wish to scatter ashes on private property, you must get the permission of the owner or face trespassing charges.
If you have any questions about cremation or scattering ashes, call St. Louis Cremation at (314) 332-2783. We know how difficult it is to lose a loved one—we will help you through the grieving process in any way we can.
Last updated 1 month ago
The days following a loved one’s death are often filled with difficult emotions, devastating phone calls, and funeral planning. When dealing with these details, most people don’t think about what they’re going to wear to the funeral. Still, carefully selecting one’s funeral attire is a way to show respect for the deceased and his family. Here’s a brief look at what men commonly wear at funerals.
When preparing for a funeral, keep in mind that you will not be the focus. A funeral is all about remembering the deceased and providing support for his family members; therefore, you shouldn’t try to outdress or impress anyone. Instead, wear a conservative, traditional suit jacket and trousers. If you don’t own a conservative suit, you can make do with dark pants and a dark dress shirt.
A man’s suit color should reflect the somber mood of the funeral. That’s why most people who attend funerals wear black. Bright, flashy colors may come off as disrespectful, as they can evoke emotions that aren’t appropriate at a funeral. Though black is considered the traditional funeral color, it’s also acceptable to wear dark gray or navy blue. When in doubt, ask the funeral organizers if they have a dress code in mind.
The belt, shoes, tie, and other accessories should also express a sense of dignity and respect. Instead of selecting accessories that provide “pops” of color, choose a black or dark-colored tie, conservative shoes, and a plain belt. Consider keeping a handkerchief in your pocket in case you or another mourner becomes overcome with emotion. If the deceased was an adherent of a certain religion, you should ask about the traditional funeral dress.
Nothing about planning a funeral is easy. If you have recently lost a loved one, St. Louis Cremation can help you address the logistics of the funeral and cremation. Call our St. Louis office at (314) 332-2783 or visit our website to learn about our funeral home services, which include pet cremation, veterans’ services, and traditional burial services.