The end of a life is a tragic loss, but it is also a time to remember the person we loved and honor their lifetime achievements. To help you do this in a personalized and unique way, you can hire mortuary services. Here at Sunset Hills, we will work together with you to create a beautiful funeral service, a suitable final resting place, and memories that will last you for the rest of your life.
What Are Mortuary Services?
There is a lot that goes into honoring a person and planning for a memorial service. While some people decide to do all the hard work themselves and pre-pay their own funerals, many deaths are unexpected, so the family will need to make decisions. Your funeral professionals are here to support you every step of the way, from designing media that reflect your loved one's personality to creating an appropriate final resting place.
A good mortuary will provide you with a multitude of options, so you can create exactly the kind of service that your loved one would have loved. You can honor their memory by including their favorite activities or an appropriate vehicle in the ceremony and by providing everyone with a beautiful space, whether it's in a cemetery or out in nature, where they can go in future years to remember the person.
Helping You to Plan Ahead
Many people like to have a say in what happens after their death. In fact, pre-planning your own funeral can have many benefits for you and your family. Not only is it a much calmer and rational process, but it also allows for a more personal experience. When you arrange your cemetery services in advance, you can prevent confusion and stress for your loved ones and allow them to experience the day exactly how you would have wished it to be.
Additionally, you are also taking financial pressure off them. Your assets might not be immediately available, so it's easier for everyone if you pay for your funeral services in advance. Here at Sunset Hills, you can pre-plan and pre-fund your arrangements directly on your website, so the process is as easy as possible. If you have any questions along the way, you can get in touch with one of our experts through the contact form.
Working With You to Honor Your Loved One's Life
If your friend or family member has passed away, you will want to do everything you can to honor their life and share their achievements and personality with other people who loved them. Nowadays, there are a range of options to choose from, and they can all be thoughtful gifts for everyone who was close to the person. We can help you choose which ways to remember them are more suitable and then set them up for you.
For example, many people choose a tribute video, which blends together all the best photos from the deceased person's life and combines them with music they would have enjoyed. This can be used during the memorial service and cherished by the family for many years. Similarly, we can help you create personalized printed keepsakes such as bookmarks or service programs, and we're happy to set up a memorial website for you.
Designing a Unique Funeral
When deciding how to spend a day remembering your loved one, there are endless possibilities, and we are able to accommodate both traditional funerals and more unique ideas. For instance, some of the families we have worked with have incorporated favorite hobbies such as playing Scrabble or billiard into the service, since this was an important part of the deceased person's life.
Others have decided to hire a special vehicle like a fire truck, which can add something special to the ceremony. If your loved one had a favorite spot, for example the beach or a forest, you may decide that you would like to hold the funeral there and scatter their ashes in the wild. In the past, we have even sent remains up into the cosmos. When you choose our mortuary services, no wish is too big, and you'll receive exactly the kind of service you need.
Burial or Cremation?
The big question many people ask themselves is whether they should opt for a traditional burial or a cremation. Both are good options, but you should respect the wishes of your loved one. Most people have a strong preference either way, and we always advise families to honor this. If you are not sure what they would have wanted, our professionals can speak to you and your family and find out what could be the most suitable arrangement for your loved one.
Once you've made this big decision, there are the finer points to consider. For a burial, you'll need to think about what kind of casket you want and what vault. You can also select the graveyard or spot that works best for you. Recently, more and more people have started to opt for a "green burial", which is an excellent choice for a loved one who was concerned about climate change.
Creating a Permanent Spot
Families often find that the memorial service and rituals are an important part of the grieving process. After this day is over, they will need a permanent spot where they can go to visit and remember their loved one. For this reason, our funeral professionals place special emphasis on creating a beautiful final resting place that is easily accessible for you.
They will help you decide whether you want a traditional spot in a graveyard or whether you would like to honor the person in a unique way. They'll also work with you to discover the type of gravestone you want, the inscription you would like, and if applicable, the kinds of flowers you would like to plant. No matter where the final resting place is, it should be a peaceful spot for your family to visit for years to come.
Special Services Offered for Veterans
It is always an honor when we are entrusted with the arrangements of a veteran burial, which is why we are pleased to offer you discounts if the deceased person was a service member. We are able to provide our fully restored 1898 Horse-Drawn Hearse to transport your loved one to their burial site, and we are happy to help you access a medallion that honors the service your friend or family member provided.
A Central Place for News and Happenings
Great mortuary services include all of the above, but nowadays, they also offer a central hub where you can find news and events related to the people in the area who deceased in recent months. On our website, you can find obituaries, so you can read about loved ones in your community, leave loving messages, and find out more about the arrangements for their burial.
If someone is hosting an event in the name of a deceased loved one, you will be able to read about it and attend. What's more, we offer resources, guides, and daily email affirmations that can help you through this challenging grief period. We want you to know that you are not alone and that we are here to lean on whenever you need someone.
A Shop for Thoughtful Gifts
Sometimes, it's hard to know what to bring a family when they have lost someone special. For this reason, we also have a gift shop with a wide range of items that could make thoughtful presents for people who are grieving. There are a great number of sympathy and cemetery flowers to choose from, which can be purchased directly online.
In addition, you can opt for memorial gifts such as a tribute blanket, an art collection, or a memorial that can be placed in your garden to remember the person you have lost. Some people need a book to help them through the dark period, while others like to have a piece of jewelry to remind them of their loved one. We can provide you with all of these, and you can shop from the comfort of your home.
How Can I Find the Best Options for Me?
As you can see, there are countless options for every step in the planning process. If you already know exactly what you would like, you can easily plan your funeral online. However, many people need some assistance because they have a hard time deciding what is best for themselves or for their loved one.
In such a case, you should reach out, and a member of our friendly team will get back to you. Customer service is a big part of what we do, and you can expect us to help you with compassion and consideration. Once you're ready to start planning, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
Mortuary services are varied and personalized, allowing you to have the arrangements that are best for you and your family. Whether you are planning your own funeral or you are saying goodbye to a friend or family member, we are here to assist you throughout the process. Message us now at Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary to benefit from our experts' help and advice.