My name is Evan, and I am a funeral director at a busy funeral home in the Midwestern United States. I have found that many loved ones want to personalize the funeral experience, but they simply don't know how. I am going to outline some ways that you can make a funeral unique to the person you are celebrating. From dramatic readings to favorite music to decorated caskets, the only limit is your imagination when it comes to planning the perfect funeral. I hope your mind will be open to the possibilities the next time you are in the unfortunate situation of having to plan a funeral.
19 September 2017
Whether your child has lost an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or parent, a funeral can be a difficult and confusing event for a young child. If you have lost a loved one and have a small child, use this guide to help make the funeral and the viewing a bit easier on your little ones. Provide Options Your child may not feel comfortable in the room where the casket is, and that's okay.
5 September 2017
Losing a parent to death is one of the saddest times in a person's life, and it can be difficult trying to plan the funeral and make it through it. After the funeral, it can get even harder, though. If this recently happened to you, you might want to start thinking about your own funeral, even though this is never a pleasant thing to think of. The reason this is important is so that you can help plan it.
9 August 2017
Losing a loved one is never easy, but loss can be especially difficult and confusing for young children. Deciding to include your children in the funeral or memorial for a loved one is a personal choice, but it can be the best decision as long as it's handled in a thoughtful and deliberate way. Your child will probably feel more included and have a way to start processing their grief if they go to the funeral, but you should take steps ahead of time to make sure they are emotionally prepared:
27 July 2017
Grief counseling, like that offered at Gillies Funeral Chapel, is an essential part of loss for many people. Nobody should be expected to face a monumental loss without help, and going to grief counseling is an act of love for yourself and your family. A death in the family can make someone want to shut down, but you don't have to allow yourself to give in to the pain. Grief counseling can guide you through the pain of loss and beyond.
13 July 2017
When someone you care about passes, send a floral arrangement that pays homage to how they lived their life. For many people, work is an essential part of who they are; pay tribute to this by sending flowers with a theme or detail that reflects the vocation of the deceased. Some funeral flowers that reflect some various jobs include these arrangement ideas: Teachers and educators. For a teacher, have your florist add apples or typical school staples, like pencils and books to the display.