When a death occurs we ask that you contact us immediately. We can very quickly determine what needs to be done and take care of all the little details. In many cases when people pass away in a hospital or hospice it is not necessary for our staff to attend immediately. Our staff will work hard to make sure that this process is completed as smoothly as possible.
Our phone number is 403-230-1333 (Calgary) or 303-353-4268 (Denver) and we will answer at any time during the day or night. You can come to our offices or we can go to your house.
Decide on a location or setting
The location, or setting, of the memorial service is key to establishing the mood and atmosphere. Typically, services may be held in a church building, but they do not have to be. If the deceased wasn't a religious person, consider alternative settings such as a park, riverside, lodge, or restaurant. If the person had a very specific interest, consider a golf course, baseball field, art gallery, beach or ski hill. Always think about how the person spent his or her time, and how he or she would want to be remembered. Keep in mind whether or not you will be serving food, and how many people you think will be attending. Adapt the location so that it fits your needs.
Pick a time and date
The time and date of the memorial service can influence how many people attend, as well as dictate the theme of the service. Memorial services can be scheduled weeks, and even months after the death. Some choose to delay until the person's birthday or anniversary. Either way, schedule the service so that guests have plenty of time to make travel arrangements. Consider whether you want to have the service in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or late evening.
Select a theme or purpose
The purpose, or theme, of the service allows people to truly focus on the person who has passed away and remember specific details about the person. Listed below are some possible themes to use in memorial services. These themes can easily help determine what types of readings to use, what songs to sing, what foods to serve, and what items to bring to the service. Overall, once you choose a theme, planning the memorial service gets easier.
How to Select a Theme
Did he or she have a specific hobby? Consider displaying sports equipment, trophies and awards, cooking utensils, written items, art and craftwork, or stamp collections anything that recognizes the person's interests. Consider selecting a funeral program template that represents their interest.
Did the person take great pride in his or her career? If so, honor the profession by displaying items he or she used. Career-centered themes are especially appropriate for service-driven professionals such as firefighters, police officers, military figures, and teachers.
Consider the person's culture and ancestry. Most cultures have their own traditions and ways of celebrating life. Investigate some of the unique rituals within the personal culture and honor his or her history.
Some people are remembered simply because of their relationship to you. You may choose to honor the persons role, such as mother, father, grandmother or grandfather, and recognize the value of the relationship. There are many memorial or funeral poems for Mom or Dad, as well as funeral scripture, verses and songs that can help communicate your relationship with the person.
Personalize the Memorial Service
There are a wide variety of ways that you can personalize a memorial service. Memorial poems, favorite songs and quotes are just a few ways that the service can be personalized. Displaying photos and other items that reflect the deceased's hobbies and interests are also a good way to personalize your service. Printed memorial programs can be distributed at the service, as well as prayer cards, memorial bookmarks and other souveniers.
Elegant Tributes continues to break new ground in the Funeral Industry. We have trained 'Memorial Specialists' who are focused on making your Funeral/ Celebration very memorable and personal. Memorial Specialists are available on an hourly basis to provide expertise and help on all of the details that come with a Funeral/ Celebration.
There are no tasks that are too big or too small for our Memorial Specialists. They can handle everything from taking pictures and putting them into photo frames, coordinating with the venue on seating arrangements, booking flights for out of town guests, flower arrangements, ushering, acting as hostess, confirming arrangements, etc. You can trust our Memorial Specialists to make sure that every detail is taken care of!