Some people just aren’t especially interested in a traditional funeral. That’s okay. But you may still want to honor your loved one’s memory in some fashion. The good news is that there are real alternatives to the idea of a traditional funeral. You can still remember someone you love without relying on the kind of funeral you may be familiar with. That’s a good thing. If you or someone you know is looking for funeral homes in or near Hamilton, NJ, you should know that someone in your area can discuss some of these alternatives with you in further detail. Having some options is important. And learning more about those options can really empower you to make a decision that makes sense for you and your family. That’s what we want to see.
We believe everyone should know about and understand all the available options. The last thing we want to see is you feeling like you have to do something just because you didn’t realize there was another way to do it. You shouldn’t feel boxed in. And you shouldn’t feel pressured into doing anything that you don’t absolutely want to do. So we like speaking with those we serve and making sure that they understand every possibility. That’s an important first step. Once you know your options and decide how to proceed, we can really go from there.
The most common alternative to funerals is a memorial service. Memorial services typically happen weeks or even months after someone passes away. That gives you plenty of time to think about what you’d like to see and help us plan accordingly. Memorial services don’t have to look or feel like traditional funerals, either. Because some additional time has passed, the idea of a particularly somber service is a little bit less essential. So there is some additional room for creativity when it comes to memorial services. You can really do what you’d like, and this gives you some additional flexibility to ensure the service fits your family appropriately. That’s a huge deal for some families. The opportunity to better tailor a service to your needs (without worrying as much about a traditional tone) can be kind of liberating.
Another option that has become increasingly popular is the idea of a “celebration of life” ceremony. These typically happen sometime after burial or cremation. They differ from a traditional funeral in some important ways. One of the major differences is that a celebration of life really adopts a more positive and encouraging tone. It focuses on what someone has accomplished and achieved throughout their life, the differences they’ve made in the lives of others. These kinds of contributions are acknowledged in a more positive fashion, and that may be reflected in things like the style of music and other details that shape everything. You have some options here, and we’d love to tell you more.