Celebrating the Life of Your Departed Loved One
At a time when decisions need to be made quickly, you can call on me to be there for you to discuss plans for funeral and memorial services. I can help you decide what type of service to have, how to include others in the service if desired, and create meaningful options.
Choosing an Appropriate Ceremony
Answering these questions can help you select a ceremony.
- Is the funeral or memorial service different when there is a cremation vs. burial?
- How can we include readings or messages from those attending the service?
- What are the main elements of a funeral or memorial service?
I am available to answer these questions and any others that you may have.
To contact me, please click Contact and enter your contact information. Or call me at 505-318-2128. I will respond as quickly as possible.
You may also find the Helpful Resources provided on this page helpful in making your selection.
Differences Between Cremation & Burial Services
Funeral and cremation services differ slightly in wording and the order of service. With funerals, loved ones view the departed and then proceed to a graveside service at a cemetery. With cremations, the body may be prepared for viewing before cremation is carried out.
After cremation, graveside services, subject to state law and cemetery guidelines, are held. Alternatively, a memorial service may be held after the ashes are buried, scattered, or retained in a funeral urn, according to the departed's wishes, if known.
Funeral & Memorial Service Checklist
You may download and print this checklist to prepare for a funeral or memorials service.Free Download
You may find these readings about loss and grieving helpful.
Necessary Losses, by Judith Viorst
Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One, by Carol Staudacher
Waking Up Alone: Grief and Healing, by Julie K. Cicero, MSW
Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief when an Adult Brother or Sister Dies, by T. J. Wong
Living with Grief: Before and After Death, by Kenneth J. Doka
A number of children's books about losing a friend, parent, grandparent, sibling, adult relative, friend, or acquaintance provide helpful guidance for children. Check your local bookstore or Amazon.com for titles.