If you decide to go with cremation services in Baltimore when you are in charge of a loved one’s final disposition, the actual cremation is just part of the decision you have to make. Once the cremation decision is behind you, you then have to figure out if you want some type of service to go along with it. There are plenty of options to consider in this field.
No Service At All
If your loved one has direct cremation, you don’t have to do anything at all if that is what they want or what you decide is best for your family. Cremation doesn’t demand that you have any type of service and sometimes, that’s what works best. However, many families feel they need some kind of service to get closure and to say a final goodbye.
An Ash-Scattering Service
If you don’t want anything big or overwhelming, you can have a simple scattering of the ashes service for close family members. The people who knew and loved your family member the most can gather together wherever the ashes are going to be scattered and do the act together. Sometimes, someone may speak or perhaps you will all share memories. Other times, it will be more of a silent affair as everyone processes their grief in their own way.
The term ‘memorial service’ is very broad and can mean whatever you want it to mean. Some people have a traditional service after cremation and hold it in a funeral home or church. They sing hymns, have guests do readings, and allow someone to eulogize their loved one. Other times, a memorial service is held in someone’s home as everyone tells stories about the deceased and people share laughs and hugs. Memorial services can be whatever you want them to be, however formal or informal that might end up being. Think about what would honor your loved one and what they would want along with what your family members need to move forward with their own lives.
Put Off Cremation
You can also choose to put off cremation until after the services are complete. In this manner, you are able to have traditional funeral services complete with visitation and a regular funeral in the funeral home. Then, once those events are complete, your loved one can move on to cremation. You can have a memorial service or ash scattering event after that as well if you’d like.
When you choose cremation services in Baltimore, the options for memorial services and other events to honor your loved one are open-ended and limitless. Think through what is best for everyone involved and choose accordingly. When you are ready to move forward with cremation, contact Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. at (410) 327-3100. We have seen many families come up with unique ideas and we’re here to help you figure out what would work best for your family. You can even visit with us in person at 5126 Belair Rd Baltimore, MD 21206.