Planning a VA Cremation Service
Losing a loved one is never easy, but planning a dignified and poignant VA cremation service is one way to not only pay honor to the life that has passed, but also take some critical steps along the path of grief. Here are some ways you can plan a VA cremation service that can reflect on the life that has departed:
Create a poster (or several) depicting the story of their lives. You can include images from their childhood, teen years, and any other era of importance. Whether you want to highlight achievements or simply move along chronologically, you can give everyone attending the VA cremation service greater insight to the life as a whole.
Choose a few select people who are willing and able to deliver some words about the deceased. Perhaps you’ll want to have their children, parents, or siblings tell a few stories with their favorite memories. If the person who has passed was in the military or had a particularly illustrious career, it might be nice to have those close to him or her in this capacity share their thoughts.
Add in some appropriate music. Whether you just want some background music playing softly at the VA cremation service or you plan to have a formal prayer service, you’ll want to take special care in choosing the music. From selecting favorites of the deceased to finding solemn hymns or lilting instrumentals that provide a calming backdrop to the socializing, it is important to set the right tone that will make up a good part of the time.
Consider some ceremonial aspects. Certainly, there will be the aforementioned socializing and you may have asked a friend or family member to speak, but there is something about ceremony that many people find comforting. If the deceased was religious, consider a prayer service. If they were a nature lover, perhaps you can select a poem to be read at the VA cremation ceremony. It may be nice also for the family, then, to have a period of informal sharing, followed by a ceremony, then knowing the service is over.
For more information on VA cremation services, contact Direct Cremation Services of Virginia today.