Not everyone wants to be the center of attention during a full-fledged funeral service and all that it includes. If you want your loved one to have Baltimore, MD cremation services because you know they would have preferred to keep things simple, here are a few ways to do so.
Direct cremation is the simplest final disposition method. It occurs relatively soon after death, once the paperwork is complete and you’re ready to move forward with the process. There aren’t any services before the cremation takes place, but you can certainly have services after the cremation, if you’d like. This type of cremation is seen as simpler because there’s no visitation and no funeral before the cremation itself. But you can have a small memorial or an ash scattering or something else later, if you’d like.
Keep It Small
If your loved one preferred small family gatherings to large affairs, keeping things small and intimate is the best idea for their final services. Gather those closest to them for an ash scattering service somewhere special or have a memorial at a family member’s house. Keeping things small will infuse your loved one’s personality into the space and allow you to truly honor what you know they would have wanted.
Ask For Donations Instead Of Gifts
You may not know what to do with a bunch of plants and flowers and perhaps your loved one had a black thumb, anyway. Instead of allowing those gifts to pour in, include in the obituary a line about sending donations to a special charity in honor of your loved one. You can do something in their memory that they would have loved and avoid making things complicated with flowers and plants you may not really want to care for anyway.
Memorial services can feel just like funerals if you infuse all of the normal traditions. But if you’d like a more informal feeling to keep things simple, tell people to dress casually and have more of a celebration of life. Instead of the regular traditions, you can share memories, celebrate your loved one for a life-well-lived, and enjoy each other’s company.
These are just a few suggestions to keep Baltimore, MD cremation services on a more simple level. If you want more ideas, the professionals at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. are here to help with more options. Give us a call at (410) 327-3100 and tell us everything about what you think you might want. We can then brainstorm with you and toss ideas back and forth until we land on just the right options for your family and your loved one. You can also stop by and visit with our funeral director to go over packages that might be right for your family. We’re located at 5126 Belair Rd Baltimore, MD 21206 and we’d love to help you through the process in any way we can.