Though funeral services can often be sad or upsetting times, they’re also very important and have many benefits to help loved ones through the grief process. The service is a way of memorializing the loss of that special person and can be customized to a wide degree to meet the wishes of the person you’ve lost.

The funeral service provides help through grief in the following ways:

  • It helps create a sense of closure for loved ones through a public or private viewing, when it’s appropriate.
  • It gives the community the opportunity to support and comfort your loved ones when they need it most.
  • It provides the chance to celebrate your loved one’s life, accomplishments, and important aspects of their personality.
  • It gives you a last opportunity to honor your loved one through service selections, special verses, and songs that your loved one favored.

The process of planning a funeral can be started at any time. You can pre-plan your own funeral to help ease the decisions your loved ones need to make at the end of your life. You can discuss your general wishes with your loved ones so they know what you want. However, you should not use your will to plan out your funeral arrangements. A will is often read after the funeral, leaving your grieving loved ones even more upset that they didn’t know your wishes ahead of time.

Funeral services can be as traditional or as personalized as you like, within a few particular restrictions. You can have the funeral at the funeral home, at a church, or at another location. If your loved one was most at home outdoors, you can combine the funeral and graveside services. If your loved one had favorite music, verses, stories or hobbies, these can all be included in the funeral service.

You’ll make many decisions, mostly selecting items and preferences for the service and planning a schedule, but you don’t need to make these decisions alone. With over 90 years of experience helping our community through loss, Seawright Funeral Home and Crematory meets your end-of-life arrangements with compassion and dignity. Whether you’re considering pre-planning your services or need help making arrangements for a loved one, we’re here for you. Please contact us for help with services, questions or concerns.